C.S. (Celia) Friedman is a best selling fantasy and sci-fi author. It’s probably debatable about what book she is best known for – her first book In Conquest Born (nominated for the John Campbell Award), The Coldfire Trilogy, or This Alien Shore (a NY Times Notable Book). Through the years, she has been both a costume designer and university professor, in addition her career as a writer. Her latest book is Feast of Souls, book one of the Magister Trilogy (my review).
I’m very happy that Celia has taken the time to answer Questions Five.
You’ve referred to your cats at “hirsute writing assistants” – how exactly to they assist in your writing and does all that hair interfere in any way?
My youngest cat Tasha is concerned that I might not be warm enough while I am writing, so she drapes herself over my arms whenever I type. Sometimes she tries to actually help with the typing but her spelling is poor, so I discourage that. The others are worried about whether my computer has enough insulation, so they take turns napping on top of it, near the air intake vent, to make sure the hard drive gets a nice coating of fur.
Now and then when I need ideas for alien landscapes I open up the case and take a look inside. Quite inspiring.
If Feast of Souls were a fortune cookie, what would its fortune be?
"Sometimes the things you desire most are hidden in the darkest places."
How would you interpret this fortune if were your own?
Probably as a comment upon my housekeeping :-)
Please discuss one reason why Feast of Souls may inspire costume designers to do unexpected things with needle and thread.
Ah, you clearly missed the note on my web site that questions about costuming might result in an act of violence. Fortunately the Atlantic Ocean is between us so you are safe...for now.
Why should Feast of Souls be the next book that everyone reads?
'Cause it's shadowy and sexy and NOT like everything else out there. Possibly the best thing I've written yet (though the cats say they won't confirm that until the last volume is finished.) Suffice it to say that if you like your fantasy dark and intense, you won't want to miss this one.