Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!
It’s been a while since I’ve hosted an author edition of Book and a Beverage but I am SO excited to be getting back into the swing of things! I had an overwhelmingly wonderful response from authors who were interested in participating so keep an eye out for even more author posts within the next few months!
Give a big welcome to author DAWN METCALF!
Name: Dawn Metcalf
You know her best as the author of… INDELIBLE (7/30/13), INVISIBLE (9/30/14), INSIDIOUS (9/1/15)
What are you reading? Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s Neil Gaiman so it’s dark and haunting and beautiful with just the right word choice to paint a mood that’s captured a memory like an old photograph of a forgotten time and place that is just south of magic. Would I recommend it? Hell yes!
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Depends on their tastes, but if they’re like me…
1. Mindkiller by Spider Robinson
2. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
3. Feed by M.T. Anderson
What can you tell us about your current work in progress? Well, I can’t tell you anything about INVINCIBLE, Book 4 of the Twixt, since Book 3, INSIDIOUS, isn’t out yet — unless it’s the continuing adventures of Joy and Indelible Ink as they pursue life, liberty, and inter-world happiness. But my other WIP is a near-alt-future story about sex, gender and life beyond the binary. I have been working on this book for a while now and am finally feeling up to the challenge. This is the book that I feel I was meant to write, so wish me luck!
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I was an avowed pantser, knowing the beginning and the end and a bunch of scenes in the middle but constantly surprised at what popped up along the way. Now having written the Twixt series, I had to learn to love plotting, outlines, timelines, character bibles, note cards, sticky notes, etc. in order to keep tabs on everyone and the larger plot arcs in mind. I have new respect for authors who do multiple-book series and I’ll be glad to get back to stand-alones!
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? In my office amidst the clutter.
What are you drinking? Unsweetened herbal tea.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? Water or aforementioned herbal tea. Caffeine and I are a hilarious combination reminiscent of a cat sunk claw-deep into the ceiling.
Who would be your literary BFF? I could listen to M.T. Anderson all day. Ditto Holly Black. Ditto Nova Ren Suma and Maggie Steifvater. I’ve never met Laini Taylor or chatted with Neil Gaiman, but boy, would I like to! These are all incredibly intelligent, gifted, insightful, generous and thought-provoking people and I only wish I was among their posse because–as people and authors–they just blow me away!
If you had one subplot or minor character that could go off on its own tangent, who or what would it be? Oh boy… Honestly, Graus Claude is one of my favorite characters and I can only imagine what *his* story would be like, but there are actually three second-tier characters in the Twixt who have–at least in my mind–their own stories that I’ve already fleshed-out, although no one will likely know about them but me: Invisible Inq, Stef & Dmitri and Avery. I could easily write a novella for each of them.
Thank you so much to Dawn Metcalf for being a part of Book and a Beverage today! I recently got into Neil Gaiman thanks to one of my best friends (she just adores him!) and I’m so excited to read more of his books!
I would LOVE to be BFFs with Maggie Stiefvater! I’ve met her a couple times now and she is just so much fun!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BIO (Short Version)
If you want to know about me, read one of my books.
Or ask my mom, she’ll tell you.
BIO (Medium Version)
I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving, suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies, and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I was clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humour and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky, and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.