Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Interview with Jo Anderton & Giveaway - October 5, 2011

Please welcome Jo Anderton to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jo:  I listen to music while I write and I have a tendency to dance along, still sitting in my chair, while I type. It's extremely embarrassing when someone walks in on me...

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Jo:  My list of favourite writers tends to change. Whatever I'm enjoying right at the moment becomes a new favourite! But I'd have to say that authors like Sara Douglass and Elizabeth Bear have influenced me, particularly with the way they blend science fiction with the fantastical. And Robin Hobb because she's just amazing.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jo:  A little of both. I do some vague plotting using timelines and different coloured pens. I always know the beginning, the end, and a few major events along the way. I enjoy discovering the rest of the story as it happens.

TQ:  Describe Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1) in 140 characters or less.

Jo:  It’s about Tanyana, how she copes when her life and career are devastated by a terrible accident, and her fight to find the truth behind it.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Debris?

Jo:  There were three main inspirations for Debris. One was a anime called 'Planets' -- set in the future, it followed crews collecting space debris. My brain asked "what if the debris was magical instead?" and the magic system in Debris became the answer. The second was a fascination with the interplay of technology and magic. Basically, I wanted to know what an industrial revolution would look like in a world where magic was commonplace? The world in Debris grew from that. The third, and perhaps strangest, was when my husband lost his job. What we went through -- emotionally and financially -- fed into the book, and inspired a lot of what Tanyana has to deal with.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of Debris?

Jo:  Ah, the research I did was many and varied. The magic system is loosely inspired by particle and quantum physics, so I did a lot of reading into that and found it really exciting! I also played with things like architecture theory and Russian cooking (I love researching food, it makes me so hungry).

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?

Jo:  Without giving anything away? Oh that's hard. Well, I do enjoy the opening scenes. Stripping my main character of her power and leaving her penniless and scarred was a fun way to start.

TQ:  In Debris, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Jo:  One of the members of Tanyana's debris collecting team is a strange, childlike man named Lad. He was both the easiest, and the hardest to write, and I love him dearly. On the surface Lad is slow but loving, and quite innocent to the world. Actually, Lad hides some of the biggest secrets of the book, and he suffers a lot because he doesn't really understand them, and can't communicate them. I loved writing his innocent, genuinely lovely voice, but I found his undercurrent darkness and the injustice of his situation difficult.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Veiled Worlds series?

Jo:  Definitely three. Plus a few short stories. And I've got this really cool idea for a graphic novel, involving one of the secondary characters...

TQ:  What's next?

Jo:  I'm currently working on something I call a "post-apocalyptic romantic comedy, set in Sydney in the not-too-distant-future, with ghosts". It's great fun!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jo:  Thanks for having me!

Read Jo's guest post about Genre here.

About Debris

The Veiled Worlds 1
(Angry Robot Books, October 2011)

In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [ Sentient Matter | Cast Down | Cruel Betrayals | All Is Lies ]

About Jo

Jo Anderton lives in Sydney with her husband and too many pets. By day she is a mild-mannered marketing coordinator for an Australian book distributor. By night, weekends and lunchtimes she writes dark fantasy and horror. Her short fiction has recently appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, After the Rain and Dead Red Heart. She was shortlisted for the 2009 Aurealis Award for best young adult short story.

Her debut novel, Debris (Book One the Veiled Worlds Series) is out now from Angry Robot Books, and will be followed by Suited in 2012.

Jo's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1) generously provided by Angry Robot Books.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Science Fiction or Science Fantasy?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. In the past few years, I have read several fantasy novels and have really enjoyed; I've become a big fantasy fan.

    So my answer is Science Fantasy.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. If I had to choose, I would pick Science Fantasy. I also enjoy Science Fiction but the fantasy aspects tend to draw me in more.

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    I am a follower

    ssosborn atgmail dot com

  3. I don't really know what you would consider Science Fantasy. I dislike genre labelling anyway and think there is just to much of it around.

    Since I have to answer I would opt for Science Fiction.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    +1 for answer
    +1 I Follow via GFC

  4. I think I would have to go with Science Fantasy as well. I completely agree with Sabrina that the fantasy elements draw me in more. I find it easier to watch Science Fiction than to read it.

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC Follower


  5. I've always been drawn more to fantasy, so I'd say Science Fantasy. I think the interplay and potential of magic and technology together is an intriguing mix.

    +1 comment

    laparker2010 at gmail dot com

  6. I prefer Science Fantasy.

    +1 comment
    +1 gfc follower

  7. Science Fantasy! Nothing makes me happier than genre crossovers :)
    I'm a follower.
    Shared the link on my blog
    impy80 at hotmail dot com

  8. I am a follower and email subscriber. Science Fiction. Please enter me in contest.

  9. Surprisingly, the older I've gotten the more I prefer science fiction. I don't have the patience for science fantasy any more. With the epic story lines and cast of 100. Not to mention the very long, very similar, and practically unpronounceable names. The only exception to this is Michelle Sagara. I've read her Chroniclees of Elantra series and they are fabulous. Combine the genres and I'd be in bliss. Magic plus star ships would be awesome!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC ~ erin

  10. Ohhh I have to say that lately I am more for Sci-Fantasy than the pure Science Fiction. I love the fantastical more than the science and technical aspects. This looks like a great read. thanx for the giveaway.
    GFC Teril

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  11. Both actually. I read a lot of different genres. About the only one I really dislike is Historical. Started with SciFi and expanded from there.

  12. I always loved Science Fiction, but I
    have learned to love Science Fantasy, too:)

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 tweet:!/jwitt33/status/121680431572729856

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  13. For me it would be Science Fiction, although I like them both!

    GFC follower

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  14. I think I would have to choose science fantasy. I do like both though. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am a follower

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  15. Science Fantasy
    I am a follower

  16. Wow, I use to read a lot of Science Fiction, but now I find I am reading more Fantasy. (Mainly Urban Fantasy), so for now I guess Science Fantasy.
    +1 I follow on GFC, Facebook, and email
    linda (at) gordonvalley (dot) com

  17. I love both genres, though I have recently read more science fiction than fantasy :)
    GFC Krystal Larson

  18. I'd choose Science Fiction, but Science Fantasy is awesome too.
    Debris sounds like a very interesting book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower - Barbara E.

  19. Science Fantasy!
    I prefer the fantasy aspect & sometimes in straight SciFi I find it a bit too technical for my brain to comprehend!

  20. Science Fantasy has the element of different worlds which I just love.

    GFC: Mary Preston


  21. Science Fiction :)
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  22. That's a toughy, but I'd have to lean towards Science Fantasy-fewer boundaries.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

    +1 GFC: ML
    +1 Tweet:!/Rogue237/status/121768714042474496

  23. Interesting Interview. When I was younger,I would have picked Science Fiction, but now I'm more intrigued by Science Fantasy.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    msmjb65 AT gmal DOT com

  24. I would say Science Fiction, but both are interesting.

    +1 comment
    +1 follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  25. I have recently been following Debris and it sounds like a very unique storyline and love to read something different. As to science fiction or science fantasy, I think I would choose science fantasy in books and science fiction in movies. I enjoy the oddness of a book in reading and the visuals of a movie for the science fiction. Thank you for sharing with us today and for the wonderful giveaway opportunity.

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 tweeted:

  26. I'm actually perfectly happy with either Science Fiction or Science Fantasy, though lately my reading habits have generally leaned towards the S.Fantasy.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower Spaz

  27. Science fantasy. Then I can have the best of both worlds that I enjoy.

    GFC follower
    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  28. Science Fantasy for sure. I'm not too keen on the whole science fiction-idea, but the fantasy equivalent of it rather sparks my imterest.

    Thank you for the interview + giveaway!

    +1 comment
    +1 follower


  29. I think it would be Science Fantasy for me.

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower


  30. Yikes. Both? I guess if I had to choose I'd say fantasy.
    I'm a gfc follower.


  31. A tough one! I like both (which one more dependant on my moods mostly :)). If pressed I'd go for Science Fiction but I believe that in these post modern times we don't need such strict labels and borders between genres at all.

    +1 comment
    +1 follower


  32. I love Science Fiction! oh, great cover and interview n_n

    +1 - comment
    +1 follower - blackwolf
    +1 tweet -!/PandoraSWolf/status/123927414479925248