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Eva St. John Interview

Like the best of us, Eva St. John is a construct. A moving feast of many parts, most of those parts involve gin, science fiction and falling over her dogs. This mysterious writer is the author of time-traveling adventures.

  • What is your book about?
  • What if our lost treasures were able to be saved. What if there were time travelling curators from another reality stepping through the portal to rescue them? What if a priceless artefact ends up in the hands of a Cambridge professor. What will he do to save it from the thieves and curators? What will he do when the shooting starts? And who the hell is the girl with the gun that keeps saving his life?
  • Every author does something different with urban fantasy, what is your twist on the genre?
  • Well, is my book even urban fantasy? I would say it was urban SF, except that category doesn’t exist. In my universe, the parallel world is a product of quantum science. It is through harnessing that technology that a portal is built. So time travelling, parallel world hopping adventures? Absolutely. Dragons or werewolves? Not a single one. At least not yet ;D
  • What inspired you to write this book?
  • I’ve wanted to write a book about maps for a long time. And that’s how this book started but then something twisted early on and I found I was loving the idea of curators saving precious artefacts so much more. The maps book will have to wait and that one will be full of magic. But for now these curators are so much fun to write about.
  • What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
  • Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle. I just don’t hear it coming up enough in discussions and I thought it was incredible. Thirty years later I can still see her fleeing across the burning stubble, destroying the land as she escapes.
  • Which one of your characters is most like you?
  • I want it to be Neith. She’s fearless and assertive. Always running into danger with a grin. A great leader and loved by her team. However, I’m probably more like Julius. I love dreaming about adventures rather than going on them. Nothing is more thrilling that finding an unusual note in the margins of a book; then following that thread through the shelves of the archive. I’m not the life and soul of the party, I’m the one in the corner taking notes!