New Cohort Member!

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It’s a pleasure to welcome a new author into the IQ fold. I asked Jo to write an introductory blog so that readers could get to know a bit more about her before her first book with us (but not her debut!) is published later in the year.

So without further ado –

Best-Selling Northern Irish Sci-Fi / Fantasy Author Joins IQ

I’m Jo Zebedee, a science fiction and fantasy writer based in Northern Ireland.

My debut came out in March 2015, the first of a space opera trilogy called Abendau’s Heir, originally published by Tickety Boo press. It’s set in a vast space world with a big set of characters and looks to pull on the themes of classic space opera and challenge them – especially the ‘invincible chosen one’ theme. Book two (Sunset Over Abendau) is out in March 2016 with book 3 (Abendau’s Legacy) to follow in the autumn. (Since writing this, Abendu’s Heir actually hit the #1 spot on Amazon, go Jo! – Sara)

My second book, Inish Carraig, came out in August 2015, and I self published it. Which makes me one of the trendy hybrid authors out and about, and I quite like that – matching the book to the appropriate vehicle. In this case, it’s paid off as Inish Carraig is doing very well and has opened new avenues for me. It’s also totally different from my Abendau series – it’s set in Belfast after an alien invasion and is written in the Northern Irish venacular (but remains accessible.)

I enjoyed writing a story local to me, and wrote another, this time about dark little fairies who dwell deep in the Antrim Glens. Either that, or my character’s imagining them. That story became Waters and the Wild, which Inspired Quill will be releasing in 2017!

I think it will fit really well with IQ. It’s a cross over into literary fiction, as well as fantasy, and I think the title sits well with others they’ve published. I’m very much looking forward to moving forwards with it and seeing how it takes shape over the next year or so.

But I don’t write all the time! I have kids, and run a consultancy, like to garden, and am busy, busy, busy.

This article was written by Jo Zebedee. Recently listed as one of the Guardian’s Top 10 Irish sf authors, Jo writes stories based both in her native Northern Ireland and her fictional world of Abendau. An Amazon bestseller, she has appeared in numerous anthologies and online magazines. Find out more on her website or on her IQ author page.

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Sara-Jayne Slack

Sara-Jayne is a social entrepreneur, convention panelist, (very) amateur actress and lover of all things tea related.

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