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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Broken People by Ioana Visan: Interview

You don’t always get what you want, but if you’re lucky, you might get what you need.

For one week only, an impenetrable castle is open to the public, and Dale Armstrong has come to Bratislava to rob it. When he finds his partner’s arms mangled, he desperately searches for a way to fix him before time runs out.

Because the war in the Far East is sapping all the allied nation’s resources, only The Nightingale Circus has the spare parts, the power, and the expertise to fix prosthetics and help the injured, but nothing is free.

Unfortunately, Dale doesn't know about The Nightingale Circus’s side job, but a forced encounter with the most dangerous woman in the city, the Golden Lady, sends him their way. On this roller coaster of crazy twists and flips, schemes and deceit, wishes and dreams, no one can foresee how the aerialist will land.

Anything is possible in a world of Broken People.

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Author Bio

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it.

After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.

Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”.

She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.

Keep up with Ioana's writing news on http://www.ioanavisan.tk 

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Please welcome Broken People author Ioana Visan to Diane’s Book Blog. 

How long did it take you to write Broken People?

Broken People started as my 2013 NaNo project, and half of the novel was written before the year ended. The rest I finished in the spring while working simultaneously on The Nightingale Circus, a companion short story collection.

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

That would be Nicholas. A telecharger would be useful to have around, someone who can built a shelter, hunt animals, ensure our survival without much help. Sure, he’d also need plenty of nourishment to sustain his power use, so we might end up fighting over the food in the end, but he’s a gentleman and I don’t need much. We’d get along just fine.

If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

Either Aurore or Liana from The Impaler Legacy. We’re all perfectionists and a little control freaks. I think I’d be scared of Cielo. She’s too unstable.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I was just telling a story over a decade ago, a skating romance. I got some readers who apparently enjoyed it, so it turned into a serial, and before I knew it, I ended up with a 120,000-word monster on my hands.

What is your favorite book that you wrote?

It’s usually the last I wrote, so right now, it’s Broken People.

What's your favorite book-turned movie?

The Prestige by Christopher Priest is not necessarily my favorite book, but the movie is. It’s actually better than the book, and the plot is brilliantly done. Of course, the lead actors help too.

What book are you reading now?

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. I warmly recommend it.

What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?

Hardcovers look nice on the shelves but are uncomfortable to use. Paperbacks are for vacations. Ebooks are for daily use.

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