Interview with Lydia Joyce
Q: Your successful debut novel THE VEIL OF NIGHT and your equally-successful follow-up, MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, have been described as having a gothic quality. Was that intentional?
A: Yes! I love the Gothics of the mid-1800s through the early 20th century, and I wanted to play off that trope in my first book, sort of stand it on its head while still honoring the tradition. I didn’t want to rewrite the books of the past but bring something new to them.
The second book was also a Gothic because my publisher specifically requested one. Now that they know that my voice can still be strong without being dependant upon genre definitions, and now that I’ve earned enough of a publishing history that my publisher isn’t as dependent upon high-concept words to sell me to buyers and distributors, I can move more freely and can maintain the same voice and atmosphere without restricting myself to the standard features of the Gothic genre.
Q: How long did it take you to find your voice? [Read more…]