Well, I had a lovely time in the Brecon Beacons recently. Actually having time to be a tourist there was refreshing. Did some walking (of course), went on the Brecon Mountain Railway, had amazing scones at The Old Barn Tea Rooms, and stayed in a glamping tent at Danywenallt YHA.
Right, so today I am talking to B R Kingsolver, author of Chameleon Assassin and Chameleon Uncovered.
Hello. Love your covers, and the chameleon theme! Can you give us an insight into your main character? What does she do that is so special?
Climate change from environmental pollution and the fallout from a nuclear war have changed the world to a great extent. Libby is a mutant. Most mutants are shunned and living on the edge of survival, but her mutation isn’t visible and she’s from an upper class background. Her parents are criminals and have trained her from an early age to use her mutation as a chameleon to create a career as a cat burglar.
Can you tell us some more about this series?
I’ve published three novels in the series so far. The main character is Libby, and her friends and family are in each book to a greater or lesser extent. Each book is a story in itself. It’s episodic, so after the first book, you could read them in any order. They’re mystery thrillers set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world two hundred years in the future. The ice has melted, nukes have taken out the major cities in the world, and two-thirds of the world’s population has disappeared. But things have stabilized to an extent, and technology has recovered to just past early 21st century.
What draws you to writing science fiction?
I’ve been reading science fiction since seventh grade. Sci-fi and fantasy are probably eighty percent of what I read for pleasure, with the rest being history and historical fiction. You can do anything with sci-fi or fantasy. If you can envision it, and figure out a way to make it believable to your readers in the world you create, you have such freedom. And if you can draw a reader into your world, and make them see it and feel it, then you’ve truly done something special.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a high fantasy trilogy. Swords and sorcery and elves and the great evil threatening to take over the world. I’m about halfway through the first book, then I’m going to do a fourth Chameleon book before writing the second book in the fantasy trilogy.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I have an idea, a character or two, and possibly a story direction and maybe an ending. Then I start writing. When I’ve tried to outline and plot, the results tend to be flat. It’s better when the story and the characters tell me what to write.
Thank you. Good luck with both sereis.
After living all over the US and exploring the world--from Amsterdam to the Romanian Alps, and Russia to the Rocky Mountains--Kingsolver trades time between Baltimore and Albuquerque. With an education in nursing and biology and a Master's degree in business, Kingsolver has done everything from construction to newspaper editor and jewellery to computers.
Kingsolver, a passionate lifetime skier, currently spends time writing and working with computers while living nine blocks from the harbor in Baltimore as servant in residence to a very demanding cat.
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