At 21, Samantha Shannon has a degree in English – and a six-figure publishing deal for The Bone Season, her fantasy novel sequence set in a dark, dystopian future”Writing a novel,” says 21-year-old Samantha Shannon, “is like knocking on a door that will never open. You are so desperate to get in, you will say or do anything. You feel: please take my novel.” She knows about being rejected. Her first attempt at a novel, she explains, was a failure – no matter what she tried, she could not find it a good home. But she also knows about persistence. We are sitting outside on an idyllic summer day, at the end of Shannon’s mother’s garden, not far from Rickmansworth. A canal ripples at our feet, ducks are trying to join in the conversation. It could not be a less appropriate setting – a sunny parallel universe – in which to consider Shannon’s phenomenal achievement in having her dark, embattled, highly wrought fantasy, The Bone Season, taken on by Bloomsbury. Projected as a seven-book series, it has been bought for a six-figure sum (for the first three books). Rights have been sold on both sides of the Atlantic and in …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books