In our review,
Shelf Awareness called Holly Black's White Cat a "darkly brilliant launch to the Curse Workers series." The
author possesses a gift for magnetically pulling you into fully imagined
alternate worlds, whether it's one populated by Faeries (Tithe) or one in which outlawed curse workers can exact retribution with one
ungloved touch. In the second book in the series, Red Glove
(McElderry/S&S), 17-year-old Cassel uses knowledge he gained about his
capabilities at the close of book one. Red Glove will be released
on April 5, 2011.
your nightstand now:
now I am in Mexico, where I have been for a month on a writing retreat,
finishing my first draft of the third Curse Workers book (Black Heart).
Unlike the usual disorganized heaps of books at home, I have only the small
stack I was able to squeeze into my suitcase. For research, The Big Con
by David Maurer. For inspiration, Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man. For
pleasure, The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jon Skovron's Misfit,
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin and Just Kids by Patti
Smith. I also have a manuscript of Sarah Rees Brennan's fabulous (but sadly
secret) new book.
book when you were a child:
Thomasina by Paul Gallico. I read it about
a billion times. It left me with an enduring desire to meet witches in the
forest and a great suspicion of cats. I loved it so much that I have named two
stuffed cats and one living cat Thomasina.
top five authors:
this question is so hard. Right now, off the top of my head, William Butler
Yeats, Emma Bull, Ellen Kushner, Michael Moorcock and Tanith Lee.
you've faked reading:
and lots. But I always read them afterward, honest.
you are an evangelist for:
am a huge crazy fan of Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series. Each book
made me gasp and broke my heart. They do exactly what my Platonic ideal of a sequel
does--they make the reader rethink their assumptions of the previous
you've bought for the cover:
in the '90s, I think I bought pretty much every book with a cover illustrated
by Charles Vess or Thomas Canty. More recently, I bought Megan Abbott's adult
mystery, Die a Little, because of the gorgeous noir cover and was so
pleased to discover what a fantastic book it was.
that changed your life:
was one of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies edited by
Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling--I no longer remember exactly which one it was,
but I read it in college, lying on my stomach in the little apartment I was
renting with my boyfriend. I was an English major, starting the second semester
of taking education classes, with some thought to teaching high school English.
I was a little nervous about it, because I am terrible at getting up early in
the morning and also pretty shy, but it was a job that I could imagine myself
remember very vividly reading all these beautiful stories in The Year's Best
and then reading the short biographies that came after them--and realizing,
quite suddenly, that these people knew one another. I was struck by such an
intense longing to know those people, to talk about stories and to get to be
part of telling them, that I actually went right to the phone and changed all
my classes, even though it was the middle of the night.
really was that one book that made me screw up the courage to go to New York
and get a job in publishing and try and become a published writer.
line from a book:
are so many that it's really hard to choose, but this is certainly one of my
favorites. From Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint. "Let the fairy tale
begin on a winter's morning, then, with one drop of blood new-fallen on the
ivory snow: a drop as bright as a clear-cut ruby, red as the single spot of
claret on the lace cuff."
you most want to read again for the first time:
think I would love to have the experience of rereading Brian Froud and Alan Lee's
Faeries. I read it (and looked at the illustrations) when I was probably
11 or 12 and it both filled me with awe and also really freaked me out. It was
probably the definitive moment when I became obsessed with folklore and what
drove me to the library to read all the old vampire and werewolf and faerie
lore that I could get my hands on.