OAQs: About Writing

What are you working on at the moment?

It’s a secret.  Seriously, I’m not trying to be a coquette here, but I’m very nervous about talking about things before they’re done. Also you spend a lot of time bigging up this amazing lesbian space opera you’re working on, and then you can’t finish it or sell it, you end up looking like a bit of a knob.

What’s with all the dialect?

Mostly, I’m just very interested in language. I also have a real problem with prevailing attitudes to non-standard dialects, at least in my country. In many circles it’s actively socially prestigious to be ignorant of the many ways in which English can be spoken and that profoundly offends me. So something I try to do in my writing is to reflect the diversity of spoken English.

Are you going to write any more about couple [x]

Probably not. Without wishing to sound dickish, I tend to tell the story I want to tell in the book I tell it in and, unless I’m doing something artsy-fartsy and deliberately weird, that means I’ve usually got a couple to the place I want them to be in, well, the novel about them. And obviously this varies a lot from couple to couple: some people I leave getting married and others I leave kissing in the rain and it’s kind of important to me that both are valid endings to a romance.

What’s your stance on fanfic?

From a purely legal perspective, I should probably highlight that I retain full derivative works rights over all of my material. But, having said that, I’m actually a big supporter of fanfic as a valuable and creative means of engaging with the text. So you can absolutely write fanfic based on my stuff without fear of being sued or being asked to cease and desist.

Will you write a blog post / interview for me?

Abso-fucking-lutely. Please email either me at ajh(at)quicunquevult(dot)com or my assistant Mary at mary(at)quicunquevult(dot)com and we’ll sort something out.

How do you respond to reviews of your work?

Basically, I don’t. I am very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to read and review my work (whether you liked it or not) but reviews are for readers, not writers. I will never engage with readers on reviews of my books or discussion threads about my books unless explicitly invited to do – and even then I’d be terrified of potentially closing down the conversation. If you want to talk to me about my work, you’re very welcome to contact me at ajh(at)quicunquevult(dot)com.

Would you like your work translated into language [x]?

That’d be super cool but translation are usually held by the publisher so you’ll have to contact them.

Is any of your work available in audio?

How awesome of you to ask! Yes it is and you can find out all about it by going to this page.

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