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Garth Nix

Garth NixNalini Haynes talks to fantasy author Garth Nix in this podcast, which is at the top of this post and available on all good podcasting platforms. Garth started in Melbourne, grew up in Canberra, moved around then returned to Sydney Australia. He worked as a literary agent; marketing consultant; book editor, publicist, sales representative; and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Then he became a full-time writer in 2001.

You may know Nix as a fantasy writer but he’s also written scenarios and articles for role playing. This includes articles for Dungeons & Dragons and Traveller that were published in White DwarfMultiverse and Breakout! He’s also written case studies, articles and news items in the information technology field for publications like Computerworld and PCWorld. (Sources: Wikipedia and Garth’s website.)

Garth’s books appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today. His work has been translated into 42 languages.

Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation are developing Frogkisser! as a film.

Where to find Garth Nix and his latest book

You can find Garth on his website and twitter.

The Left-handed Booksellers of London is published in Australia by Allen & Unwin. And it’s published elsewhere by Katherine Tegen Books, which is an imprint of Harper Collins.

Questions Nalini asked Garth Nix

Nalini asked questions about the Left-handed Booksellers of London including the setting and representation of minority groups.

Garth and Nalini discussed mobile phones and how they cause plot problems.

How do you collaborate on writing projects?

You’ve collaborated with Sean Williams numerous times; is it a special relationship that makes collaboration work or would you like to collaborate with other like-minded authors?

The awesome people on twitter asked several questions

mikaelisawesome asked: Do Sabriel/Touchstone have surnames, or are they just single name individuals a la Madonna?

DarthBanesBabe asked “What is Mogget/Yrael up to now?” And a less serious question: would Mogget (cat form or not) accept kitty treats and head pets from me? Or would he be offended? I just really love him a lot.

Dr Jenkem: Whats the long term release schedule of the old kingdom series look like after terciel and elinor?

Not an Old Kingdom question – it’s a Confusion of Princes question, so I asked it out of order. Oops.

Libertacist asked: Did the office of Emperor predate the Imperial Mind or did the Imperial Mind necessitate the creation of the office of Emperor to function?

Are there any ‘real’ places which were the basis for any scenes in the Old Kingdom? It’s so visually real in my minds eye I feel it must exist, somewhere… – Val Hauxwell

VonBeesa said: I would love to know the chances of ever getting an Abhorsen videogame. I think the stuff with the bells and the river would make for really cool and unusual gameplay.

Scott Botham asked “Who would win Sabriel vs Lirael?”

Thank you

Thank you for listening and thank you to the awesome people who submitted questions. Sorry I can’t drop a hint about who I’ll be interviewing next – I haven’t started organizing the next podcast yet! Wear a mask and stay safe!

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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