Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artist, and others!
Today we’re joined by Evie Manieri, the debut author of Blood’s Pride, the first book in the new Shattered Kingdoms fantasy series, out from Tor Books on Tuesday, February 19.
Join us as we cover topics ranging from whether a TARDIS fits in an apartment or the other way around, useful post-apocalyptic skills, and more!
Please relate one fact about yourself that has never appeared anywhere else in print or on the internet.
Sometimes I lie awake at night cataloguing the skills that would allow me to survive in post-apocalyptic Manhattan. Most of them involve knitting. I haven’t yet found a use for my preternatural ability to assemble IKEA furniture.
If you could be reincarnated as any historical figure, who would you like to be?
Henri Maillardet, 1745-1830, the Swiss clockmaker who made the letter-writing automaton in the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. I visited there at least once a year when I was little, like a pilgrimage. Even unmoving, in its glass box, it was the most magical thing I had ever seen. I can’t imagine a happier life than waking up every morning and making things like that. Plus, Maillardet was born in the 18th century and lived to be 85, which is impressive enough on its own.
Describe your favorite place to read/write?
It will be within the confines of a 6’ TARDIS tent, pending some very tense family negotiations. The “nay” vote claims there’s no room for said TARDIS tent in our apartment. The “yay” vote has tried to explain—with considerable patience—that we can simply put the apartment in the TARDIS, instead of the other way around. Negotiations invariably break down when the party of the first part insists the party of the second part starts living in “the real world,” whatever that means.
If you could choose your own personal theme music/song to play every time you enter a room, what would you pick?
I would ask Wes Anderson to choose for me. He’s much, much better at it than I am.
Do you have a favorite underrated/unknown/under-read author?
Dorothy L. Sayers—the Harriet Vane mysteries, specifically—but I’m very pleased to say that quite a few people seem to be discovering her lately.
Do you have a favorite word/phrase/etymology?
“I smell like I sound” from Duran Duran’s song, “Hungry Like the Wolf.” I’ve been trying to figure out what that means for 30 years. I think if I ever succeed, the meaning of the universe will unfurl before me, and I will achieve total consciousness.
If you were secretly going to write fanfic (or, even better, slashfic) about any two characters, who would they be?
Starbuck and Apollo – both versions.
List three things you’d like our readers to know about you and your work.
1. Blood’s Pride is a book about an epic rebellion, but told on a personal level; or, to put it another way, it’s a dramatic, complex fantasy crafted by an unabashed shipper.
2. I try not to think about trends in genre fiction. I’d rather focus on writing the kinds of books I want to read and creating fresh stories that I think will really connect with fantasy fans. To me this means imagining worlds readers can lose themselves in: big, fully realized worlds, populated by characters with agency, strengths, flaws, and unique perspectives on the conflicts they’ve created.
3. I believe I owe anyone willing to spend their valuable time reading my books my very best effort, every single day.
Evie Manieri has a degree in Medieval History and Theatre from Wesleyan University. Blood’s Pride is her first novel.