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Changing of the Guard

Posted by anna@snowbooks.com on

Hello! We're shuffling duties around a bit here at (virtual) Snowbooks HQ, and I -- Anna -- am going to be doing most of the blogging and social-media-ing from now on. I've been editing and doing my other publishing-related tasks for Snowbooks for almost ten years now, but I tend to do all that while safely hermitted away. Now I can finally (professionally) tap into my expertise at Being on the Internet. I've been practicing for years.

A lot of our authors (and those of you with good enough memories to recall the last time I poked my head out of my hidey-hole) already know a little about me. But since we're becoming more and more genre focused, I thought it might be interesting to give you a brief history of my sci-fi/fantasy/horror upbringing.

Supposedly, when I was a very young person, I used to watch the Saturday-night scary movies with my dad. I have no memory of this, except that, at around ten years old, I saw the mini-series of Stephen King's It, and that all came to an end. Pretty much forever. I still can't watch that movie (I've tried), and I generally avoid all other horror films. I do better with books, though.

As a child, I spent a lot of time reading the Dragonriders of Pern series. I was so fascinated by that imaginary world, yet I'm not drawn to that style of fantasy writing these days -- I couldn't say why. When I was a little older, I started in on Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, and when I was in college, I read a fair amount of Stephen King (but not It, for obvious reasons).

Anyway, I grew up watching ST:TNG and then DS9 and Voyager. I went to a Star Trek convention and came away with a Bajoran earring, and if that doesn't earn me at least a little genre cred, I should just give up now. My true television love during my teenage years was The X-Files. My best friend and I like to say that we were 'focused', not obsessed. But it was all X-Files, all the time for a while there.

Aside from enjoying sci-fi television and movies in my twenties, I didn't really immerse myself in the 'genre' genres for a while. Then an agent sent a query to Snowbooks, looking to sell the UK rights to David Wellington's Monster Island in 2006. I thought, 'Hmm, zombies…' to myself, a bit critically. But then I started reading it and was immediately hooked. And we've enjoyed working with genre fiction and its authors so much that we've shifted more and more of our focus to it over the years.

So that's that.

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