Jo Spurrier has a Bachelor of Science but says she turned to writing because people tend to get upset when scientists make things up. Judges shortlisted Spurrier for an Aurealis Award for her debut novel, Winter be my shield.
Winter Be My Shield is especially surprising because she lives in Adelaide, a city that, arguably, does not experience winter and where it never snows. But then Rowena Corey Daniels wrote an epic series set in an alternate history Russia with lots of snow and ice, and Daniels lives in tropical Queensland!
Jo’s second novel, Black Sun Light My Way is out now.
This is an interesting interview with an intelligent, thoughtful author whose world-building stands out in this era of lingering European Medieval patriarchal fantasy.
Praise for Winter Be My Shield: Children of the Black Sun, Book 1
“Unlikely heroes, villians you will cheer for, and cold that eats your bones. Winter Be My Shield will take you to an unforgiving place, but you won’t want to leave it” Robin Hobb
“the drama and intensity keep ratcheting up” Courier Mail