Carol Ryles interview for the Egoboo WA blog

Earlier this year, Carol Ryles wrote up a review of ‘Tymon’s Flight’ for Specusphere magazine, which has turned out to be one of my favourites to date. I thought she had a very balanced take on the book, expressing her enjoyment of the characters and world while pointing out some inevitable debut flaws (yes, I now want to take out references to ‘the boy’, too. Believe me.) It’s always gratifying when a reviewer notices where a book succeeds and cheers you on, even if the final result isn’t absolute perfection…

Imagine my pleasure when Carol offered to interview me at Egoboo WA, her writer’s group blog. She asks some great questions and I had a wonderful time answering them. Thank you so much, Carol!

This entry was posted in books, news. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Carol Ryles interview for the Egoboo WA blog

  1. Dogged Admirer says:

    Great interview. Intelligent questions. Insightful answers. Thank you Mary and Carol Ryles.

    I have a question. Do you think – given the Tolkein example with which you are evidently familiar – that current affairs bear an important relationship to fantasy literature? If so, I would imagine that a trilogy in which issues of personal change are combined with a sweeping, world-paradigm shift should capture the market today, given what is happening in the world at the moment.

    If not, why not?

    • MaryV says:

      I may be entirely wrong, but my first gut reaction to that question is that current affairs bear very little relationship to fantasy literature. Unlike science fiction, which often grapples with today’s trends, extrapolating ‘what if’ scenarios from their logical extremes, fantasy generally deals in nostalgia and turns the clock back. The more successful the fantasy series, it seems to me, the more nostalgic the characters and world. Think of Harry Potter, recalling 50’s era British boarding schools, or Tolkien himself, hankering after a pre-industrial European world. And how many fantasy stories dredge up absolute monarchies, feudal societies and empires, all those ancient and decrepit human institutions?

      …So my answer would be, for now: don’t imagine that trilogy concerned with issues of equality or social change has a direct ticket to relevance simply because the world is in the throes of addressing those particular issues. Quite the contrary.

Comments are closed.