Excitement is filling this blog, because here with me is a super duper awesome guest, GENEVIEVE COGMAN, the author of the amazing librarian spy series that I absolutely love (cue fangirling). Oh yes yes… I’m having a giggling fit from exhilaration here.
Also, did you know her book The Invisible Library is out TOMORROW in US?! Yeppie, US residents, get yourself a copy quick!
Genevieve Cogman got started on Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes at an early age, and has never looked back. But on a perhaps more prosaic note, she has an MSC in Statistics with Medical Applications and has wielded this in an assortment of jobs: clinical coder, data analyst and classifications specialist.
Although The Invisible Library is her debut novel, she has also previously worked as a freelance roleplaying game writer. Genevieve Cogman’s hobbies include patchwork, beading, knitting and gaming, and she lives in the north of England.
Hi Genevieve, thank you so much for stopping by. Firstly, congratulation on your release for the US Edition of The Invisible Library!
GENEVIEVE: Thank you very much!
To start off, is there something about yourself that you would love for us to know? Something, perhaps, only a few know…? *suggestive eyebrows*
GENEVIEVE: As for unexpected facts… I love musicals. I grew up with access to recordings of Gilbert and Sullivan, and with shows like Cats, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd,The Threepenny Opera… These days I’ve expanded to shows that aren’t even available in English (or sometimes where I just don’t like the English translation), like Notre-Dame de Paris or Tanz der Vampires or Elisabeth.
I enjoy opera as well. Though to be fair, it’s not accurate to say that I love all musicals or all opera, any more than someone would say they enjoy all science fiction or all crime fiction. But I do enjoy quite a lot of musicals. And I’m a great fan of the Takarazuka Revue.
I don’t think anyone would be able to say no to an awesome combo of librarian spies and alternate realities that The Invisible Library has. What has inspired you to create such amazing world?
GENEVIEVE: It’s a bit of a patchwork of a number of different enthusiasms. (I’m into patchwork and quilting as well – my flat is overcrowded by my fabric stash.) I’ve always liked the idea of alternate realities: I think my first exposure to the concept was back when I first read the Elric stories by Michael Moorcock in my early teens. (Those probably affected my views on order/chaos concepts, too.) I’ve also always liked books or series which worked multiple other fictional elements together, like Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series. When I was writing The Invisible Library, I started with the idea of a librarian collecting books from different worlds, and it expanded from there, as I threw in great detectives, dragons, Fae, and everything else I enjoyed.
I absolutely love the trio Irene, Kai, and Vale and their friendship throughout the series! But here comes the hard question. Who would you choose to “Kiss, Marry, Kill” from the three (and let’s pretend here gender doesn’t matter)?
GENEVIEVE: I think Kai definitely wins on the “Kiss” front. But when it comes to marriage, both Vale and Irene would be rather absent partners – they’d always be getting on with their latest job. (That’s part of their character, after all.) Irene might be slightly easier to live with, so I’ll mark her down for “Marry”. But I couldn’t bear to kill Vale. I couldn’t even bring myself to push him over a waterfall.
Every Librarian get to choose his/her own name, in which most of them are inspired by a famous literature figures. What would your Librarian name be? And why?
GENEVIEVE: Blakeney. I’d be a demned elusive book-stealing Pimpernel. (See The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy, for further details. Or if you prefer, listen to the musical.)
Last question! The released date of The Burning Page, book #3 of The Invisible Library series, is just a few months away (Dec 2016), and I don’t think I can express how exciting I am for it. Do you have something in mind for what is coming up after it?
GENEVIEVE: Thank you again! I hope that you will enjoy it. As to what’s coming up next, well… I’m currently in the middle of the first draft of book four, and I have some notes for book five. I probably shouldn’t give away anything significant, so I will only say that book four is going to involve more dragons than usual, and book five will involve a murder mystery…
Vanilla or Chocolate?
Paperback or Hardcover?
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Vampire or Werewolf?
Movie or TV Shows?
And that is all. Thank you so much for dropping by Book Is Glee!
GENEVIEVE: Thank you for inviting me!
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