I’m hosting an interview today, this time with author Keira Michelle Telford, the author of “The Magistrate”, a science fiction romance novel.
1) Please tell us about yourself.
I’m a nocturnal writer with Asperger’s syndrome (a form of mild autism), and an obsession with guinea pigs (I rescue them, and have 9 at the moment). I usually get up at 1pm, start writing at 4pm, and keep writing until 6am, usually getting to bed around 7am. Yes, I’m odd. Before writing fulltime, I was a pet nutritionist for 5yrs. So if you want to know what you should be feeding your hyperactive Shih Tzu, I’m the person to ask.
2) Tell us about your book in five sentences or less.
I only need one: The Magistrate is a tale of forbidden love, and the resilience of the human heart.
3) What inspired you to write The Magistrate?
I wanted to write a lesbian romance set in neo-Victorian London. Beyond that, I had no idea what I was doing. I typically don’t go into things with a plan, I just start writing and see where it goes. All I had was an image of the protagonist, Carmen Wild, in my head, and everything else sprang from there.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Ooh, umm … do they have to be alive? I would want to meet Edgar Allan Poe, Samuel Beckett, and Oscar Wilde. They’re the three authors who’ve inspired me the most.
6) What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on the next book in The SILVER Series, SILVER: Lex Talionis. Also, I’m in the final stages of preparing the second book in The Prisonworld Trilogy, The Procuress, for publishing in October, as well as trying to find time to write a companion novelette for the trilogy, called Out of Twig. And then there’s the new series of paranormal romance novellas I have in the works … more details to come soon!
Author: Keira Michelle Telford
Genre: Dystopian SF / Lesbian Romance
THE PRISONWORLD TRILOGY — VOLUME ONE
Poverty is rife in twenty-fourth century London, England. Crime rates are at an all-time high, and living conditions for many are bleak. Capital punishment and public hangings have been reinstated, and Magistrates, in their new role, are tasked with patrolling the streets to enforce arrest warrants and ‘terminate’ any civilians who attempt to evade justice — which isn’t always a noble pursuit.
The laws are strict, illiberal, and unsympathetic. If you can’t afford to feed and clothe yourself, you’ll be sent to the workhouse. If you fall behind on your rent, you’ll be sent to debtors’ prison. If you’re gay, you’ll be hanged.
For Carmen Wild, the latter becomes a potentially deadly problem when the discovery of a murdered prostitute brings her back into the life of her first love — the Madam of an East End cathouse — and the illicit passions between them are swiftly reignited.
Keira Michelle Telford is the award winning author of a series of post-apocalyptic, dystopian science fiction books, The SILVER Series, featuring the character Ella ‘Silver’ Cross, and now also The Prisonworld Trilogy – a dystopian lesbian romance. She’s a British ex-pat, now living in British Columbia, Canada with her husband and 10 guinea pigs.
Yes, 10 guinea pigs 🙂
Fun fact: Her pet guinea pigs (all adopted from animal rescue shelters) were the inspiration for the monsters in The SILVER Series, the first one of which, SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain), was released in November 2011.
Venatic Press: http://www.venaticpress.com/
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