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Accomplishment: Karin Lowachee is a Canadian author of speculative fiction. Her books include: Warchild, Burndive, Cagebird and The Gaslight Dogs
Does bestseller mean good writer?
No. But it can.
To agent or not to agent? Why or why not?
Yes, but still be actively involved in understanding the business and being able to read the legalese. Unless you're willing to spend X incredible hours yourself hustling and trying to set up meetings with editors both domestic and overseas, your time is better spent writing and conversing with the agent who can do the hustling for you.
Would you see it as an exciting or a retrograde step if digitisation encouraged writers to choose sound and pictures to augment their words?
I think they call those movies.
Is self publishing the new 'slush-pile’?
I'm kind of tired of the self-publishing question. Let people do what they want. If nobody buys their books, or people do, it doesn't bother me either way.
Which four books do you wish you had written?
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, and Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Are you ever afraid that one day you will stop enjoying writing?
It hasn't happened since I was 4, so I don't expect it to happen now or ever.
Which other contemporary writers of speculative fiction do you enjoy, or alternatively not enjoy?
I enjoy: Christopher Barzak, Cormac McCarthy, Jeff VanderMeer, Jeanette Winterson ... to name but a small few. I don't care to list the writers I don't enjoy, because that's personal taste and it'd be tasteless to do it publicly.
The lady had taste - one hell of a name for a novel if it hasn't been taken. Sheri was releasing her bonds and I remembered my manners. "Thanks, Miss Lowachee. You've been swell."
"I think they call those movies."
Exactly. Love the honesty in this interview. Refreshing.