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Music listened to during writing:

Regina Spektor. "Begin to Hope" came out that summer and it was the soundtrack to the book–until both our roommates were driven completely insane and never wanted to hear even a few bars of “Après Moi” again.

Writing habits:

Forgetting to eat. While writing Havemercy, both of us would be glued to the computer, forgetting all necessary social and hygienic propriety (if we ever knew it to begin with).

Best moment in the writing process:

Danielle — Waking up in the morning to see that Jaida had sent me literally fifteen pages, all of them brilliant, and having to sit down with a cup of tea in my pajamas to try and wrangle what came next.

Jaida — Getting the next part from Danielle to read something that I completely wasn't expecting, and having the characters suddenly react spontaneously to a situation I was just as surprised by as they were.


Favorite scene/bit in the book:

Jaida — Definitely the final battle scene. I remember working on it up until the very last second before class, and knowing if I didn't just get the scene finished, I wouldn't be able to make it through the day. It was a moment I'd actually been dreading, because it was all action and I didn't trust myself to juggle so much, but once I sat down and started it, it immediately became my favorite scene to write.

Danielle — It's hard not to pick the final battle scene also, but just to be different I'm going to go with the ballroom scene, if only because I have a deep and abiding love for political intrigue. Not that I consider myself smart enough to always pull it off, but the many layers of what's really going on with the magicians, not to mention Thom and Rook, all the things left unsaid never fail to delight me.

Favorite character in the book:

Jaida — Rook. It’s so much easier to write an angry potty-mouth than someone who's actually eloquent.

Danielle — Balfour. I love everyone so much, but I spent a lot of time thinking about the littlest Airman and in the end found I'd grown quite attached, bless him.

The one line high-concept:

Metal Dragons.

What’s next:

We're working on a semi-sequel to Havemercy about the other side, the Ke-Han. Hopefully there will be a full incorporation of Japanese folk legends, culture shock, and cross-dressing!

Product Details

Jones, Jaida
Bennett, Danielle
Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Fantasy - General
Fantasy fiction
Publication Date:
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9.20x6.52x1.33 in. 1.36 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Spectra Books - English 9780553806960 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jones and Bennett vividly convey the testosterone-saturated world of fantasy fighter pilots in this fast-paced debut. When the stereotypically Asian Ke-Han threaten the Volstov empire, graduate student Thom is sent to rehabilitate the Dragon Corps, an ersatz air force of rebellious, violent young men who fly enormous metal dragons animated by magic. As Thom struggles with his task, challenged most by the brutish ace Rook, the Margrave Royston, banished for an illicit homosexual affair, befriends Hal, an innocent but brilliant tutor who eventually becomes Royston's lover. These four join minds and skills to solve the mystery of a devastating plague and defend Volstov from the foreign army. The insular corps culture of combative homoeroticism and masculine archetypes dominates the book, as female characters fade far into the background. Despite few surprises or original flourishes, Jones and Bennett credibly bring the decadent empire and its inhabitants to life. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , With a unique and imaginative blend of epic fantasy, humor, and heroism, this debut author team crafts a riveting tale of a kingdom at war, and the four men who stand poised to defend it.
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