Interview with Nikky Lee (The Rarkyn’s Familiar)

Nikky Lee is a multi award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy. She’s twice been placed in the Aurealis Awards for Best Young Adult Short Story and Best Science Fiction Novella. She’s been published in multiple presses and magazines, including Deadset Press and Breach Magazine.  Lee’s debut novel, The Rarkyn’s Familiar, will be released in April. I was lucky enough to read an ARC copy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read my review here. Most of your works are rooted heavily in science fiction and fantasy, what is it about this genre that sparks your interest? Was it a conscious decision to stick primarily to one genre? I’ve always been drawn to the unreal. I think it comes from my inner child who’s always wished magic was real. There’s a sense of wonder and wanderlust wrapped up in it too, I love exploring strange lands and different cultures—real or in my head. And intellectually, I enjoy playing around with ‘what [ . . . ]

Interview with Paullett Golden (The Enchantresses series)

I have the honour to start off this series of Q & As with celebrated Historical Romance author, Paullett Golden. She’s won several awards for her works including the Reviewers Choice award, which she won in 2019 and again in 2020. Check out her books here. I really admired the way you developed Duncan in The Colonel and The Enchantress. What kind of research did you do while developing his character? A great deal of my research focused on survivors of spinal hematomas, which is what his injury is, although it didn’t have that name at the time. I researched the condition, the treatment options, the recovery, the rehabilitation options, etc. Since this injury would not have had a name, much less a treatment method, at that time, I also had to research about medical diagnosis, surgeries, etc. at that time, which ranged from the simplest forms of sawbone approaches to the more complex spinal studies being conducted on the continent—some of [ . . . ]