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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jim C. Hines interview

Jim C. Hines, author of the upcoming "The Mermaid Madness" has agreed to answer a couple of questions for us.

Sci-Fi Planet: What sorts of things will we find in the upcoming novel The Mermaid Madness?

Jim C. Hines: Danielle, Talia, and Snow will all be back, of course. The book opens with the merfolk returning from their winter migration. Princess Danielle sets out with Queen Bea to greet the merfolk and their king. But the king is dead, and Lirea--the little mermaid of the stories--is, how shall we put it, more than a little unstable. Like Stepsister Scheme, this one has plenty of action from the very first chapter, and should be a lot of fun.

SFP: How many books will be in the Princess series?

JCH: At the moment, it looks like four: The Stepsister Scheme, The Mermaid’s Madness, Red Hood’s Revenge, and Book #4. Four books should allow me to wrap up most of the character growth and long-term arcs I’ve been playing with. I originally thought about doing five books, but I don’t really have a story for #5 right now. I’ve seen too many series drag things out without anything new to say, and I don’t want to fall into that trap.

SFP: Will there be any new major characters joining the team?

JCH: Oh, yes. There are mermaids and mercenaries and many more. My favorite new character is Captain Hephyra, who commands Queen Beatrice’s ship. Hephyra is a dryad, exiled from Fairytown for various transgressions. Her values and priorities are a bit off-kilter compared to most humans, but she’s a great deal of fun.

SCP: Will the Duchess be returning in The Mermaid Madness to cause trouble, or will there be an entirely new villain?

JCH: We haven’t seen the last of her, but Mermaid mostly takes place at sea. With the Duchess confined to Fairytown, it would have been difficult to work her in to this book. Ask me again when books three and four come out.

SCP: How will Danielle's pregnancy play out? Will she have given birth before the start of the new book?

JCH: When book two begins, Danielle is the proud mother of young Prince Jakob, which introduces a whole new set of conflicts for her as she tries to balance duty and family.

SCP: When does the book come out?

JCH: October 6, 2009, but who’s counting? It’s not like I’m over here crossing days off the calendar as I frantically search the net for pre-release reviews. Nope, not me. If it’s like my previous releases, the book will probably start showing up in a few bookstores a week or so before that date.

SCP: Where did the idea behind the Princess series come from? The idea seems a bit different from the Jig series.

JCH: The responsibility for this series rests entirely upon my daughter. More specifically, upon all my daughter’s princess merchandise from about five years ago. Princess movies, princess pajamas, princess lunch boxes, princess toothbrushes, even princess tissues. While the fairy tale movies have gotten better over the years, there’s still a lot of waiting around for some guy to some rescue the damsel, and the merchandise seems to be all about “Look how pretty we are.” I finally got tired of it and decided I was going to write my own princesses, stories that went back to the old fairy tales and put the princesses in charge of fighting the bad guys and saving themselves.

SCP: Anything else you'd like to let us know about The Mermaid Madness?

JCH: This book marks my debut as a professional mapmaker. With all the sailing my princesses do, I decided this one needed a map. DAW (my publisher) asked me to send my sketches, and they ended up liking my map enough to use it as is. (Bonus map trivia: Kagan Sea is one of two tributes in the book to Janet Kagan, a wonderful author and friend who passed away in early 2008.)

SCP: Have we seen the last of Jig? Any chance of him crossing over into the Princess series?

JCH: I don’t have any plans for another goblin book right now, but never say never. Even if I don’t do more goblin novels, Jig might still pop up in a short story one of these days. I doubt I’ll do a goblin/princess crossover, though. The goblin Diglet from Stepsister Scheme was a nod to Jig and company, but that’s about as close as I’d come to bringing Jig over. Though goblin fans might find another surprise when they read Mermaid’s Madness....

SCP: What are you working on right now?

JCH: I just started writing the fourth princess book, which currently lacks a title. So far, my editor has vetoed “Secret of the Snow Queen,” “Scourge of the Snow Queen,” and “Shards of the Snow Queen”. Right now, Red Hood’s Revenge is scheduled for summer of 2010, which means we can probably expect Blank of the Snow Queen (or Snow Queen’s Blank) to hit the shelves some time in 2011.