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Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff, author of debut novel Stormdancer, talks to Nalini Haynes of Dark Matter.  The interview is available in both MP4 (video) and MP3 (audio only) at the bottom of this page.  To log in or register to comment and link your blog to your comment, instructions are here.


Pan Macmillan’s website describes Stormdancer:

Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that their lives are over. Everyone knows what happens to those who fail him, no matter how hopeless the task. But the mission proves far less impossible, and far more deadly, than anyone expects – and soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. But trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and Buruu soon discover a friendship that neither of them expected.

Pan Macmillan’s website describes Jay Kristoff:

Jay Kristoff grew up in the most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience. He worked “creative advertising” for eleven years and has won several awards that nobody outside the advertising industry gives a tinker’s cuss about. He is 6’7, has approximately 13870 days to live, and can demand whiskey in almost a dozen European languages. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

Some of the questions Jay answers in this interview include:

‘The lotus must bloom’ – how influenced were you by Frank Herbert’s Dune?

Your blog says: When I first pictured the islands in my head, I imagined a high-speed collision between the epic settings of feudal Japan and the fictions of Verne, Moore and Gibson, smudged with a handful of soot and burned motor oil.  Can you please elaborate on this?

There is an ongoing debate about cultural appropriation– if or when it’s ok to ‘appropriate’ another culture when writing.  What thoughts do you have on that subject?

Do you think there is an argument for bridge-building as opposed to appropriation?

Paulo Paredes says to send you a big hug from the guys in Portugal.

Nathaniel Robinson wants to know if you still love him?  Do you remember who he is?

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


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