Delighted that it is our stop on the tour for Hybrid Vengeance.
Caught in a web of murder and vengeance, Theo must outsmart the Spylady to save her new friends.
Imprisoned in a male appearance, can Nand survive deportation without losing herself?
Forced to leave Eridan after her mental battle with Keith of Rain Forest, Theo travels to Earth Metropolis with SpaceSS agent Jack Finch. When Jack is arrested for murdering his husband, Farren, Theo’s plans for a new future collapse.
To impress Declan, Nand face-changes into her cousin’s appearance on the day of the Face Changer Assembly. But her moment of triumph turns into a nightmare when Keith launches an attack against the Face Changers.
Deported to Gambling Nova, the federal prison, with Ashta and a few Face Changers, will Declan be strong enough to overcome his guilt in order to help Nand keep her male appearance and safeguard Eridan’s future?
Convinced that Farren is still alive, Theo must outsmart the Spylady if she wants to get Jack released from the penitentiary and find Farren’s whereabouts. Yet when Sheer, the Savalwomen leader, orders her to rescue the Face Changers, Theo faces a new challenge: is she ready to return to Gambling Nova? And risk her life?
Jennie Dorny was born in 1960 in Newton, Massachusetts. She lives and works in Paris with her three cats. She is both French and American. She studied American literature and civilization, Italian and history of art at three Parisian universities. She wrote her Master’s thesis about contemporary Irish poetry after spending a year in Dublin. She loves words and languages, and she can spend hours exploring a thesaurus. Over the years, she has studied Spanish, Japanese, Hindi and sign language, and recently took up Italian again. She has published in French Gambling Nova (1999), Eridan (2002) and Les Cupidons sont tombés sur la tête (Mischievous Cupids gone Crazy, 2007). Gambling Nova and Eridan are partial, earlier versions of Hybrids; science-fiction novels that in many ways deal with the question of gender.
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Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey, please?
After getting no answers to several queries, and upon the advice of a publisher friend, I explored the possibility of becoming an author publisher. It took me twenty months between the moment I started looking into what I would have to do and the moment I received the first copy of Trouble, the first volume of Hybrids. Vengeance, the second volume, has just come out. Publishing the second volume was easier, but now I am caught in the whirlwind of promotion and marketing, and this also demands lots of work. Publishing takes lots of time
How do you decide who to dedicate your books to?
I dedicated Hybrids in its whole (the four volumes) to my ideal reader, the person who supported me from the outset and through the many years between the first drafts and the published version. She never hesitates to tell me when scenes aren’t right, when she gets bored, when there is too much or not enough information.
What was the inspiration behind your latest release?
Each time I get this question, I realize I give a different reply. That’s because there is not one inspiration but many from various origins. Movies (My Beautiful Laundrette by Stephen Frears – I really liked the relationship between Omar and Johnny – and Pourquoi pas? (Why not?) by Coline Serreau – a story about two men and a woman living together in a big house, in the Paris suburbs, who were friends and lovers); books (The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell – the way a story can be told by different points of view; the many sci-fi stories I read in my twenties); my love of the ocean and its hidden depths.
Do you find it hard to let your characters go when you finish writing the book?
I will answer this question when the last volume of Hybrids comes out
What was your favourite read of 2019?
This is a complicated question because I read a lot for myself and for my work. There is one author I discovered in 2019 all of whose books I read in the space of a few months. It’s Becky Chambers. My favorite novels are The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit. The characters of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet are all, each in her/his own way, delightful, and I really liked the story between Rosemary and Sissix, as well as their interactions with the family-like crew of the Wayfarer spaceship. As for A Closed and Common Orbit, the relationship between Lovelace, a spaceship’s artificial intelligence, and a young stranded girl, Pepper, who turns out to be an incredible engineer, moved me to tears.
Who is your favourite author?
I don’t have one favorite author. There are too many great writers that I enjoy reading, or that I enjoyed reading at other times of my life.
So here is a selection:
Authors who inspired me: Kate Wilhelm (Juniper Time, Welcome, Chaos, The Infinity Box …),
Ursula Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness), Anne McCaffrey (The Dragonriders of Pern), Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (False Dawn), Frank Herbert (Dune).
Authors recently discovered: Becky Chambers (The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Close and Common Orbit), Octavia Butler (Kindred), Nnedi Okroafor (Who Fears Death), Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries).
Authors who don’t write science fiction: Elizabeth Strout, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Celeste Ng, Haruki Murakami, Dorothy Allison, Anne Tyler, Jane Austen, Julio Cortazar, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Paul Monette, Pénélope Bagieu.
Authors who write essays: Rebecca Solnit, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Joanna Russ …
… and many, many more (classics, philosophy, crime …) whose books fill the many bookshelves all around me!
Was there a point in your life that a book helped you get through, if so which one?
The book that helped me the most in recent years is Meditations: Thoughts to Myself by Marcus Aurelius. This Roman emperor wrote notes to encourage himself when he was on the battlefield, and when I read them, I find comfort and guidance. (https://dailystoic.com/marcus-aurelius/)
Is there anyone that you would like to mention and thank for their support of your writing?
My friends and family and those who helped me along the way are mentioned at the end of the books.
If you had the power to give everyone in the world one book, what would it be and why?
I would choose a book of collective poems with works from poets of different countries and different times, because poems are contained visions and stories that can be learned by heart, remembered over the years, and remain a delight to read, and read again and say out loud.
What are you working on now?
I am busy rewriting in English a book I wrote and published in French over ten years ago. I got the rights to revert to me, and so I plan on publishing simultaneously the French and English editions next year. It’s a romantic story set in Paris in the present day, with a theme very close to that of Hybrids.
Lastly, do you have any questions for your readers?
I am interested in knowing who are your favorite characters so far and why.
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