The Book Riot Live Interview: Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders, credit Tristan CraneCharlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky. Find out more about her here

Q: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Option B: Pantser. I just start writing and see where the story takes me.

Q: Got a favorite superhero?

Wonder Woman

Q: What’s one thing you want people to know about your book?

It’s science fiction meets fantasy — but then they have an awesome relationship.

Q: Do you know your Hogwarts house?

Yes, it’s the Physical Kids.

Q: You can take one (and only one) book with you on a 4-day trip where there are NO BOOKSTORES. What book do you take?

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.

Q: Favorite album or band to listen to while writing?

George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic.

Q: What’s the story you wish someone else would write, so you could read it?

Xena Warrior Princess vs. Godzilla.

Q: Chunky or smooth?


Q: What are you reading right now?

Everfair by Nisi Shawl.

Q: What book do you wish more people had read?

Skating on the Edge by d.g.k. goldberg.

Q: Which comes first in your process: plot or character?

It’s a little bit of both, to be honest. Depends on the story.

Q: What genre have you never written in but want to?


Q: What’s the most surprising thing you learned in the course of writing your most recent book?

I’ve been really relieved and amazed to find out that people actually will put up with a slightly mischievous narrator.

Q: What’s your least favorite question to get as a writer?

“Would you like a bottle of single-malt scotch?”

Q: What was the worst job you ever had? The best?

Worst job was probably monkey-frightener. Or receptionist for a paranoid fund manager. Best was editing io9.

Q: What question do you wish you could ask your readers?

“Blake or Avon?”

Q: What do you know now about publishing that you wished you knew when you were first starting out?

It’s okay to fail. You can keep banging your head against the door for years before you get in. The most important thing is to be nice to other people, and do your best to welcome newcomers into the community.