Alison’s most recent novel is The Two Pearls of Wisdom which was published as EON: Dragoneye Reborn in the USA, and as EON: Rise of the Dragoneye in the UK. In January 2009, the novel won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel, and recently it was listed as a James Tiptree Jr. Award Honour Book and a C.B.C.A Notable Book. To date, The Two Pearls of Wisdom/EON has sold into 13 countries.
1. The Two Pearls of Wisdom (published as EON: Dragoneye Reborn in the USA, and as EON: Rise of the Dragoneye in the UK) has received international acclaim since it was released. What has been the most exciting part of that journey for you?
There has been a lot of exciting parts of the journey, including a couple of international rights auctions, a twelve day US bookseller tour, and winning the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. However, what really blew my mind was the EONadvertisement that played on a huge electronic billboard in Times Square during the 2008/2009 Christmas and New Year period. My name was literally up in lights in Times Square!
2. Your novel releases to date are quite varied in genre – do you have a preferred genre to write in, or are you equally comfortable in any? Please explain!
I go where the story goes, so if the story I want to tell has elements of the fantasy genre or crime genre then I will explore the structures and conventions of that genre. I like to challenge myself when I write and so I’m probably a bit suspicious of ever getting comfortable within a genre – it would mean that the challenge had gone.
3. I’m very excited about the sequel to Two Pearls, due January 2011: have you any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I have the next three books in mind – a new series in a new genre – but that’s all I’ll say (cue wicked laugh).
4. Which Australian writers or work would you like to see on the Hugo shortlists this year?
I have been so nose-down-rump-up writing EONA (the sequel to EON) that I’m completely out of the loop. However, I am all for Aussie’s being shortlisted! Aussie, Aussie Aussie, Oy, Oy, Oy!
5. Will you be at Aussiecon 4 in September? If so, what are you most looking forward to about it?
Yes, I’m paid up and can’t wait. I’m looking forward to chatting to other avid readers, meeting my favourite writers, catching up with friends, and of course PARTYING!