Robert Jackson Bennett, the author of FOUNDRYSIDE (Crown Publishing), discusses his storytelling process and challenges creating his latest novel.

Fictitious Podcast Interview with Author Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. His novel City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. City of Blades was a finalist for the 2015 World Fantasy, Locus, and British Fantasy Awards.

The Divine Cities Trilogy — which includes City of StairsCity of Blades, and City of Miracles — was nominated for a 2018 Hugo Award in the Best Series Category.

His latest novel, Foundryside, was released from Crown Publishing in August 2018.

Robert lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and large sons.

Foundryside - book cover

About Foundryside

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.

Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them.

To have a chance at surviving—and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way—Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

Foundryside is available now wherever books are sold.

Read Fictitious host Adron Buske’s review of Foundryside.

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