Welcome to the first blog which was posted over at the book side of FromPage2Screen, wonderfully entitled FromPen2Page.
You can find the blog over at http://www.frompen2page.wordpress.com
My Partner, Annette runs the @frompen2page Twitter account and runs the blog, but of course for now I shall share the articles here at frompage2screen.com
We have been very fortunate in the fact that we have recently interviewed amazing author Samantha Shannon who’s debut novel The Bone Season will be appearing on Annettes desk soon and will be reviewed in more detail in the near future. The official launch for the book is August 20th however many stores are already stocking and selling the book, so go for it!
This posting is a brief overview of The Bone season also the interview and details of how to obtain the book.
I hope you enjoy.
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, kidnapped and drugged, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite creature with dark honey skin and heavy-lidded yellow eyes. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London, where she started writing at the age of fifteen. She is currently studying for a degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford. The Bone Season is her first novel.
London-based performance capture studio The Imaginarium, founded by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish, has secured the film rights to The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.
‘The dystopian world created by Samantha in The Bone Season series offers a fantastic setting for a truly extraordinary and thrilling narrative,’ said Serkis. ‘We are honoured that she chose to collaborate with us in the adaptation of her work.’
Serkis and Cavendish will serve as producers on The Bone Season.
1) August 20th 2013.
The release date of your debut novel. What will your routine for that day be? Book signings or appearances perhaps.
I’m doing a radio interview in the morning, then we’re having a little book launch at Bloomsbury with some of my friends and family. I imagine there will be some jumping around the house in my pyjamas in the morning.
(2) With The Bone Season being released in multi formats, Are you a fan of reading an actual book or do you favour the more electronic devices?
I prefer real books myself. I love hardbacks. I might get an eReader at some point, as I like to travel and it can be inconvenient to carry several big hardbacks around, but I’ll always buy hard copies of books I love.
(3) Will you read the reviews for The Bone Season?
I’ve already read a few! I know I shouldn’t, but I genuinely find reviews helpful — it’s so interesting to see how different people respond to the same book. I’m planning to avoid them after publication, though. At that point I’ll need to stay focused on writing Book 2.
(4) How easy is it to pitch the story of The Bone Season to those coming at your work knowing very little about the plot or characters?
It’s quite difficult, actually. People often ask me if I can sum the story up in a sentence, which I’ve always found challenging. It’s a big, complex world to introduce to readers.
(5) I love how you post your blog over at http://www.samanthashannon.co.uk/ which inspires many writers, who are your inspirations (other than JK Rowling who you are a fan of)
Margaret Atwood, Emily Dickinson and John Donne are my biggest influences.
(6) You mention on your blog, that you initially pondered writing under a pseudonym because of your age (21), why did you feel that your age might hinder or cause issue to your creativity and what was the final reason for changing your mind and writing under Samantha Shannon (great move by the way)
It was more to do with how I might be received than my creativity. I didn’t want people to say “oh, X in the book is because the author is young”. It was a real worry for me at the time. I discussed it with Bloomsbury and my agent, but realised it would be difficult to connect with readers under a false identity. I didn’t want to be this invisible nom-de-plume; I wanted to be someone people felt comfortable approaching. I played with the idea of just using my initials, but finally I decided to use my birth name. I’m very glad I did.
(7) What is next for Samantha Shannon, having graduated Oxford and publishing your debut novel?
Waterstones UK store
Samanthas Shannons Blog Address
The Bone Season Page