Bestselling fantasy author and valued WU contributor Juliet Marillier’s latest release, Prickle Moon, is garnering big buzz and advanced praise. Prickle Moon is an anthology of Juliet’s short fiction, including some new stories.
Magical, diverse, hopeful tales: Juliet Marillier’s “Prickle Moon” delivers masterly storytelling by a master storyteller.
~Gemmell Morningstar Award winner, Helen Lowe.
She sang them in, verse by verse, name by sweet name …” So begins Prickle Moon, Juliet Marillier’s first collection of short stories, and what stories they are. Each tale, whether inflected by fantasy, horror or science fiction, is powerful. Each bears the bones of its fairytale ancestors, inviting you to sit by the fire and hear stories at once timeless and ancient, yet shot through with the silver veins of modern life. Entertaining and enchanting, lyrical and lovely, Marillier will sing you in, too.
~Award-winning fantasy author, Angela Slatter.
Marillier’s fans will be delighted to see that her skills are as applicable to the short form as they are to the novel.
We are excited to have her talk about Prickle Moon, and share her writing process. Enjoy!
Q: What’s the premise of your new book?
Prickle Moon is a departure for me. I’ve written fifteen novels, but this is my first collection of short fiction. The book contains nine previously published stories including the Sevenwaters novella, ’Twixt Firelight and Water, and five new ones. The stories are a blend of historical and contemporary fantasy with a strong flavor of folklore and fairy tale. The title comes from the first story in the collection, which is about an old Scottish wise woman faced with an impossible moral choice. It features a clan of hedgehogs. If that sounds a bit like a children’s story, don’t be fooled – this is a book for adult readers.
Q: What would you like people to know about the stories themselves?
There’s quite a variety of style and voice within the collection. Many of the stories were first published in anthologies by various authors, and some were written to fit the theme of a particular anthology. But overall there are unifying themes of love and loss, family, ancestors, natural magic, courage and hope. I’m especially proud of By Bone-Light, a contemporary version of the Russian fairy tale Vasilissa the Fair. I had a great time creating a modern-day BabaYaga.
Q: What unique challenges did this book pose for you, if any? [Read more…]