1. WHEN YOU THINK OF YOUR WRITING SPACE, WHAT ARE THE FIRST THREE WORDS TO COME TO MIND?
Gramophone, pink, window.
2. AS A WRITER MYSELF, I FIND A CHANGE IN SCENERY TO BE BENEFICIAL. IS THERE ANY PLACE YOU LIKE TO GO TO WRITE (ASIDE FROM YOUR USUAL PLACE?)
I like writing in coffeehouses in central London, especially if I can snag a window seat – I started The Bone Season in a Caffè Nero. London is my home city and one of my biggest sources of inspiration, so it’s good to ‘plug in’ and be right in the middle of the city. I will inevitably get restless and return to my office after a certain amount of time, though. I think I’m hard-wired to write at my desk, where there’s considerably less temptation to keep buying coffee and muffins.
3. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU KEEP AROUND YOU WHEN YOU WRITE (E.G. NOTEBOOKS, TEA, ETC.)?
I always have a cup of coffee in the morning and at least one tea in the afternoon, and I tend to keep a notebook or a scrap of paper nearby in case I have a bright idea. (More often my bright ideas end up on my phone, as I get them in the middle of the night and text them to myself.)
4. DAYTIME OR NIGHT-TIME WRITING — WHICH DO YOU PREFER? OR DOES IT NOT MATTER?
I used to be a real night owl, but I’m finding now that I prefer to get up early and spend the whole day writing. If I sleep late, I wake up late and feel as if I’ve wasted half the day, and I end up messing about on social media for hours instead of opening my manuscript.
5. IN YOUR WRITING SPACE, DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WRITE? OR DO YOU FIND IT EASIER TO WORK IN SILENCE?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. From 2010 to 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she specialised in Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism.
In 2012 she signed a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season. Film rights to the novel were optioned by Andy Serkis’s London-based production company The Imaginarium Studios in 2012, and acquired by Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Studios in October 2013. The Bone Season has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Its first sequel, The Mime Order, will hit shelves on 27 January 2015.
The Mime Order is now out on paperback through Bloomsbury for $19.99.