Fathomless Blog Tour: Interview with Anne M. Pillsworth




Fathomless (Redemption’s Heir #2) by Anne M. Pillsworth

320 Pages

Published on October 27th, 2015

Published by Tor Teen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23847980-fathomless?ac=1

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Sean dips even further into his magical destiny, but will blood prove thicker than the mysteries of Innsmouth’s briny depths?

Sean Wyndham has tried to stay away from the lure of magic—the last time he tried to dabble in the dark studies, he inadvertently summoned a blood familiar, wreaking havoc on his town, and calling the attention of the Elder Gods. But now Sean has been offered the chance to study magic with a proper teacher, overseen by Helen Arkwright, a friend of Sean’s father and heir to ancient order of much power, who protects New England from that which lurks in the coastline’s unseen depths. But will learning theory be enough, when there is a much greater magical secret hidden in Helen’s vaulted library? 

Accompanied by his best friend, Eddy, and their enigmatic new friend Daniel, Sean wades out deeper into mystical legend and shadow. With hints and secrets buried long in family lore, they turn to the suspicious Reverend Orne once more for assistance. But as Sean deepens his understanding of his power, a darkness is waking… 


Read below for an interview with the author:

Q:  Can you tell us about your book, Fathomless, in 35 words or less?

A:  Sean Wyndham returns to Arkham to study magic, but new friend Daniel harbors secrets deep as the waters off nearby Innsmouth, and dark wizard Redemption Orne still pursues Sean, his #1 draft pick for apprentice.


Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?

A:  That might have to be the scene in which Redemption Orne finds that his best laid plans can still go disasterously awry.  It’s also the introduction of Redemption’s wife, the undead witch Patience, who is much naughtier than he is, and equally interested in Sean Wyndham.


Q:  What was the hardest scene to edit out?

A:  Originally there were several scenes in the middle written in Redemption’s point of view.  My super editor Miriam Weinberg suggested reworking them in Sean’s point of view.  She proved perceptive as always, and though I (a Redemption fangirl) resisted at first, I must say the pace and focus of the novel benefited.


Q:  Was Fathomless easier or more difficult to write than the first book, Summoned?

A:  Some of each!  It went more quickly as I knew the central characters and the setting much better.  But I had to learn magic theory and practice along with Sean, and I had my version of Innsmouth to figure out, along with where to place a secret undersea metropolis off its shores, where the continental shelf keeps the ocean tiresomely shallow.  At least for a secret undersea metropolis.


Q:  If some of the characters from Fathomless were going to dress up for Halloween, what would they dress up as?

A:  Sean aspires to wielding a mean wizard’s staff, like Gandalf, so he’d get out his tattered gray robes and white wig and beard.  His BFF, Eddy (Edna) Rosenbaum, would keep him company as Eowyn, in full shield-maiden armor.  New friend Daniel?  Given his naturally hobbit-like hair, he’d make a great Frodo.  With the power of illusioning himself, Redemption Orne could go as anyone.  Alchemical pharmacist Solomon Geldman would go as — himself.  After all, he has a wardrobe of clothes dating back to the 13th century.  Really dating back to the 13th century.


Q:  How many books are there going to be in the REDEMPTION’S HEIR series?

I’m working on the third and have two more in mind.


Q:  Do you have any more works planned?

A:  I’m researching 17th century New England for Redemption and Patience Orne’s backstory.  I’m also working on what I call a small-scale epic fantasy, meaning that series focuses tightly on a single point of view character.  Then there’s the science fiction series that would branch off from the epic series.  Plus a whole plot-bunny hutch of short story ideas, eating their heads off and interbreeding in my head.


Q:  What’s currently in your TBR pile?

A:  First up is Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On.  I’m also eager for the third book in Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell saga.  Wolf Halland Bring Up the Bodies are the best books I’ve read in forever!


Q:  What is the best book you’ve read recently?

A:  Updraft, by Fran Wilde, which is science fiction set in a world of living bone towers, people who fly on silk wings, and invisible sky squids!


About the Author:


I was born in Troy, New York, but I currently live just outside Providence, Rhode Island, at the head of beautiful Narragansett Bay. New England has long been my spiritual home, and the region informs much of my fiction. One day I hope to find Lovecraft’s portals to his mythical towns of witch-haunted Arkham and Kingsport, shadowed Innsmouth and accursed Dunwich. Until then, I’ll just have to write about them..


I am a member of SFWA and HWA and a rabid Austenite. Don’t those three always go together?


Apart from writing, I like gardening, swimming, king cobras, jumping spiders, and cats. No cobras or cats at the moment, but the jumping spiders are always with us. In spite of maintaining a mental age of between twelve and sixteen, I have just married my partner of more than thirty years.  Thanks to the RI Legislature for finally living up to Roger Williams’ philosophy of crabbing at people he disagreed with but never denying the primacy of the personal conscience.