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28 June 2009 @ 12:55 pm
I have been experimented upon!  

Yesterday I got an interview request email from someone who’d just read URBAN SHAMAN, which isn’t all that unusual. They mentioned that picking it up was the result of an experiment they were running, which is entirely unusual. It was all very mysterious, with no explanation of what the experiment *was*, just a promise that it would be explained in the review post. So I answered the questions, and a report and interview is now up at GeekTreasure.com. It’s actually a pretty damned interesting experiment, I think, and not just because I ‘won’. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: happyhappy
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on June 28th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
"E. D.: What question do you think that I should have asked, but didn’t, and what answer would you provide for that question?"

That is *such* a cheap shot question! (which is why I always, and I do mean always, ask it in my interviews)
kitmizkit on June 28th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
*snorks* :)
stillsostrange on June 28th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Awesome. That's a great experiment.

In the interview, when you say urban fantasy, are you referring to the more modern ass-kicking paranormal sub-section of that?
kit: negotiatormizkit on June 28th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)

Yes, I am. I'm quite aware of the kind of urban fantasy that involves books like WAR FOR THE OAKS and Charles de Lint's stuff and etc etc etc, but I feel that for the nonce, urban fantasy is defined by LKH and Jim Butcher and those (many dozens) who have followed them.

There's an *awful lot* of crossover between modern urban fantasy and "paranormal romance", and I have a very, very hard time delineating where one becomes the other. I'd say Gena Showalter and Katie McAllister write paranormal romance because the focus of the story tends to be the romance/relationship over the worldbuilding/fantasy aspect, but it gets very confusing when you look at the high sexual antics in the Anita Blake books. Still, because of where those started I continue to think of them as urban fantasy rather than paranormal romance.

Then to complicate matters further you can look at books like Michelle Sagara's CAST series, which are *clearly* urban fantasy--except the urban setting is also a different world, so although I kind of *do* think of those as urban fantasy they're probably *not* urban fantasy by the definition I mostly use. Same with Lisa Shearin's charming Magic books. Or superheroes! Superheroes are *obviously* urban fantasy, except we've got a different name for that genre, ie, "superheroes". :)

It's all very confusing, and I swear to God I don't mean 'em as fighting words when I call what I write urban fantasy. :)
connerybeagle on June 28th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)

I will try the last part!



kitmizkit on June 28th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
*throws you into a big poofy pillow*!
connerybeagle on June 28th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
BAWH HA HA! *wag*
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Brian: evil kitty laughlogrusboy on June 28th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
"It was a dark and stormy night."

(Don't hurt me!!!)
kit: walkerpapersmizkit on June 28th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
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kitmizkit on June 28th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a damned good opening line too. And yes, I've had that dream. AGH.
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kitmizkit on June 28th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
*laughs* It's always good when you can get people to give you that look!
Brian: Horrible: Geniuslogrusboy on June 28th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! More well-deserved praise!