Worldbuilding starts in the world we already live in – hear from Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Tanaz Bhathena, and A.J. Vrana on their new books, and how they weave the
Worldbuilding starts in the world we already live in – hear from Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Tanaz Bhathena, and A.J. Vrana on their new books, and how they weave the places they call home into fantastic backdrops.
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A. J. Vrana is a Serbian-Canadian from Toronto, Canada. She lives with her two rescue cats, Moonstone and Peanut Butter, who nest in her window-side bookshelf and cast judgmental stares at nearby pigeons. Her doctoral research examines the supernatural in modern Japanese and former-Yugoslavian literature and its relationship to violence.
Kerry Seljak-Byrne is an autistic, queer and nonbinary publisher and writer living in Toronto. They are the Co-Founder, CEO and Publisher of Augur Magazine, Canada’s only SFWA-recognized pro-paying speculative fiction market, and Co-Director of the upcoming 2020 speculative fiction event AugurCon. As a speculative fiction writer, their work can be found in THIS Magazine, The Temz Review, and others. Find them on Twitter as @kercoby.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically-acclaimed speculative novels Gods of Jade and Shadow, Signal to Noise, Certain Dark Things, and The Beautiful Ones; and the crime novel Untamed Shore. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tanaz Bhathena writes books for young adults. Her latest book, Hunted by the Sky, is the first of a YA fantasy duology set in a world inspired by medieval India, with the sequel Rising like a Storm releasing on June 22, 2021. Her novel, The Beauty of the Moment, won the Nautilus Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction and has also been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award. Her acclaimed debut, A Girl Like That, was named a Best Book of the Year by numerous outlets including The Globe and Mail, Seventeen, and The Times of India.
Hunted By The Sky
Gul has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. So when the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.
Cavas is ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. Until he meets Gul.
Dangerous circumstances bring Gul and Cavas together in Ambar Fort…a world with secrets deadlier than their own.
From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel, a story about an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico–and the brave socialite drawn to its treacherous secrets.
The Hollow Gods
For centuries, residents of Black Hollow have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. The boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.
Ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?
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