Like talking to the current queen of space opera, Ann Leckie.
In a recent interview for AZCentral, Leckie, who is appearing at Phoenix Comicon this week, talked about the continuing surprises that her award wins elicit, as well as the source of the hilarious “Genitalia Festival” from Ancillary Sword.
And in an outtake from the story, she weighed in on the Hugo Awards, offering some advice to readers and members and why she doesn’t worry about them too much:
“I probably shouldn’t comment on the Hugos this year. Though I will say what I would say any year, and that is that if the Hugos matter to you, you should nominate and vote. Sometimes I hear people comment that they don’t think they’re qualified because they don’t read enough, but I think the Hugos have always been about what the voters love, and if you love something and think it’s worthy of an award, you should be able to nominate it.
Beyond that—well, honestly, I figure I could spend my time worrying about awards, or even more pointlessly worrying about people’s opinions of awards, or even more pointlessly worrying about people’s opinions about who does or doesn’t “deserve” those awards — or I could spend my time writing. And I didn’t get into writing for awards. There are no guaranteed outcomes from anything, much less writing, and if I wanted a sure track to acclaim and fame and fortune I sure as heck wouldn’t have chosen writing to get that. I write because I want to tell stories, anything after that is extra. And fortunately I’ve got plenty of writing to do, and plenty of readers waiting for me to do it.”
Read the full interview here.