Let There Be Chat

by wjw on September 1, 2017

itunescoodestreetLive from Helsinki!  (Okay, so it’s slightly delayed.)  It’s the Hugo-nominated Coode Street Podcast, in which I am interviewed by Gary Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, and Hugo-nominated Toolboxer Kelly Robson.

We’re talking mostly about my next book, Quillifer!

I had enormous fun with this interview, and I hope you can hear that.

Chong Go September 2, 2017 at 5:49 am

Hmm, Qullifer sounds like an odd name for a Praxis book….

wjw September 3, 2017 at 12:48 am

Quillifer isn’t a Praxis book, it’s the start of a brand-new series.

The next Praxis book should be out around this time next year.

Chong Go September 3, 2017 at 2:31 am

Thanks! (I’d suspected that, and meant it tongue in cheek, but the emotion disappeared somewhere.)

Chong Go September 3, 2017 at 7:00 am

“emotion”?? It was supposed to be “emoji.” Fat fingers and autocorrect are not a great combination! 🙂

Casjeord September 4, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Hello Mr. Williams,

I know I’ll find out soon enough when it comes out, but I was really curious whether Quillifer and the later books in that series are structurally like the Flashman books in terms of being first person and written from the protagonist’s “successful old age”. Besides the cover, I recall seeing one of your posts that made the comparison.

Everything about Quillfer sounds great, including the fantastic Northern Renaissance setting you described in the podcast, but I’ve also long been interested in reading something organized like the Flashman books but with a more likable protagonist and/or in a fantasy setting.

wjw September 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm

The Quillifer books are narrated first-person, but not from the perspective of old age.

Quillifer is not without blemish, but he lacks a number of Harry Flashman’s more conspicuous flaws.

Casjeord September 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Thanks so much for the response. Looking forward to reading it!

Adelord October 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

Pretty fantastic interview. The only sour note for me was when you were characterized as a serial writer. So many of your books held enough ideas for a series but were constrained to a single volume, I’ve developed an allergy to series in general. That said, I delight in the news of new praxis novels, and after finishing Quilifier tonight I am eager for the next five.

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