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Welcome to the next Author Interview.  Today we feature Claire Corbett, author of When We Have Wings, a novel about humans genetically and surgically engineered to be able to fly.  An interesting premise to a very interesting book that I enjoyed thoroughly.

It was published by Allen & Unwin in July 2011 and shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award.  When We Have Wings is also being published in Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands and Russia.

Claire is Canadian born, but now makes the Blue Mountains home, making her truly international.  Her answers are a fascinating insight into this author.  I hope you enjoy.

What genre would you like to write a book in (that you haven’t yet)?

I have begun two YA novels, which I love writing. I will finish them once my second novel is written. My second novel has spy thriller elements as well as being speculative fiction. My current novel, WHEN WE HAVE WINGS, fits into at least three categories – speculative fiction, crime and literary. I detest the way genre is used to box writers in; marketers are guilty of this but some readers are too. They use genre as a content filter, to ignore whole categories of work. Is Edgar Allan Poe a horror writer? Yes. A mystery writer? Yes. A speculative fiction writer? Yes. A literary writer and poet? Yes. Where would you shelve him in a bookstore, for heaven’s sake? He’d be in Classics or Literature now but publishers would tear their hair out trying to market Charles Dickens or Robert Louis Stevenson now.
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The Author Interviews are growing, and here the second update.  Being bold with Kate Forsyth has made me brave enough to ask some of my other favourite authors.  Some of them agreed, so I can now confirm Peter V. Brett, Chris Stocking, Nick Harkaway, Marianne de Pierres, Steph Bowe and James Barclay as new guest interviewees.

Another three authors have confirmed. They are Brad Cotton, Tad Williams and Sean Williams. Dates have not been set for these interview as yet.

Friday 27 July – Claire Corbett

  • author of When We Have Wings, which has been shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award

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After my success at interviewing Kate Forsyth over two wonderful blog posts Part 1 here and Part 2 here (the second one helped me have my biggest day on my blog!), I asked her if she could think of some writerly friends that may be willing to being interviewed as well.  Over time, I hope to have a series of interviews from authors covering all corners of the worls.

Lucky for me, Kate tweeted some names for me.  I approached them and what you see below is a list of authors that I will be interviewing in the near future.

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