Author Interview: Miriam Forster

We are excited to welcome author Miriam Forster to the nest today. She's here to discuss her upcoming debut novel, City of a Thousand Dolls, and her life as an author. Be sure to check out her other tour stops; tour information can be found at the bottom of the post.

Paula @ Reading Lark: I always wonder what authors were like as children. Were you a storyteller, or did that come later?

City of a Thousand Dolls
Miriam: I wasn’t so much a storyteller, as a story devourer and a story creator. I was kind of a loner kid and I spent a lot of time reading and daydreaming. Most of my childhood was spent on a five acre plot near a wildlife refuge, and I would wander all over making forts and acting out stories on my own. I didn’t usually tell them to anyone, though. They were mine.

Paula @ Reading Lark: If this book was a dessert, what would it be?
 Miriam: Probably yogurt with some kind of fruit, like mango. A little sweet, and a little different but still really good. (I hope!)

Paula @ Reading Lark: Which character in the book is most like you?
Miriam: I think the character most like me is probably Jina, the girl from the House of Jade. That all-encompassing curiosity and desire to know are very much part of my personality.

Paula @ Reading Lark: As a bookseller, you’re very familiar with what’s on shelves right now. What sets City of a Thousand Dolls apart?
Miriam: I think the setting most of all. Most high fantasy has a western European feel to it, whereas City of a Thousand Dolls is grounded in South Asian details and surroundings. It’s also rare to find a high fantasy/murder mystery crossover. (Though now that I’ve done one, I know why. They’re very hard to pace!)

Paula @ Reading Lark: What was the last book you read and loved?
Miriam: That would be a three-way tie between The Archived by Victoria Schwab, Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger and Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers. All of them are amazing with a capital A.

Paula @ Reading Lark: What is your favorite bird?
Miriam: Snow geese. I love that they have the stamina to fly in such long migrations, and how graceful and group-oriented they are. Plus baby geese are super cute.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Miriam!