Wahey! Next of our fabulous Ancient Wonders authors to be interviewed is Aliette de Bodard.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to write?
I'm a writer, engineer and over-enthusiastic cook who loves to write
character-driven stories in strange and familiar worlds (and to put fish
sauce in everything, including stories!). I've written SF, historical
fantasy and creepy horror – bit of an eclectic person, really.
What inspired you to write “Ys”?
“Ys” is inspired by a very famous Briton legend I read when I was
younger; the image of a sunken city beneath the waves has always
remained with me, as well as the idea that on clear days, you can hear
the bells of the submerged churches ringing through the streets.
Dahut/Ahes, the princess who doomed Ys, was thrown from her father's
horse after he discovered she had been the one to open the gates to the
sea; and from there on it wasn't much of a stretch to imagine both city
and princess would still be around in modern-day France.
If the TARDIS could drop you off to any one site in its heyday, where would you go?
Hmm, it's a tie, but I think I'd pick either Hue or My Son – they're
wonderful Vietnamese sites that you can only visit a small part of, due
to all the bombs that got dropped on them during the Vietnamese/American
war. I've always wondered what it would be like to walk there before
What appeals to you most about ancient sites/landscapes?
The sense of history; and wondering how people might have lived, and how
different they might have been. Also, they're usually very beautiful!
What do you have coming out next?
I have a limited-edition novella, On a Red Station, Drifting,
which is out from Immersion Press (and nominated for a Nebula at the
moment); and a couple stories forthcoming in various markets. I'm also
attempting to wrestle an urban fantasy set in Paris into proper shape.
[Aliette de Bodard
lives and writes in Paris, France, in a flat with more computers than
warm bodies, and two Lovecraftian plants in the process of taking over
the living room, one tentacle at a time. In her spare time, she writes
speculative fiction: her Aztec-noir fantasy Obsidian and Blood is
published by Angry Robot, and she has been a finalist for the Hugo and
Nebula Awards, and has won the British Science Fiction Association
anthology page here for linky links!