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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My books are The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My books are The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Next Big Thing: The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales

4th Dec 2012 in Writing

• What is the working title of your next book?

 It’s a short story collection called The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales.

• Where did the idea come from for the book?

Daydreaming, sea-gazing, night-scribbling, and getting my heart broken, all over the course of several years.

• What genre does your book fall under?

Literary fantasy.

• What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Julianne Moore would be the seductive, sensual, and ultimately doomed lady of the house in ‘Underskirts’ (which you can read at PANK); Thomas Dekker would be the pretty automaton Luc-Pierre and Ben Whishaw would be the scheming, lovelorn brother Claude in ‘Coin-Operated Boys’ (which you can read at Fantasy Book Review); and Clea DuVall and Brit Marling would be the expectant couple Lauren and Grace in ‘Underlying’ (which you can read at Algebra).

• What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

These stories feature clockwork hearts, lascivious queens, paper men, circuses, and a gracekeeper; some are queer retellings of classic stories, some are modern-day fables, but all explore substitutions for love.

• Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m currently seeking agent representation.

• How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

About three years altogether. The first story was written way back in 2009, and I just finished the newest one this month.

• What other books would you compare this to within your genre?

Kelly Link’s Stranger Things Happen, Margo Lanagan’s Black Juice, Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, Lucy Wood’s Diving Belles, Jess Richards’ Snake Ropes and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, of course.

• Who or what inspired you to write this book?

All the odd, brave, surreal fairy tales I read as a child.

• What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I think it can be summed up in three words: dark sex magic.

My favourite other Next Big Things: Helen Sedgwick, Elizabeth Reeder, Nina Allan, Suzanne Egerton, Nikki Magennis. Fine ladies, every one.

6 responses to “Next Big Thing: The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales”

  1. Ooh, sounds wonderful, Kirsty, can’t wait to read it! Anything with circuses in it gets my vote.

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