The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt is an entertaining romp of a novel that should satisfy readers of fantasy, SF, and Steampunk alike. As fantasist extraordinaire Jay Lake has said of The Court of the Air, "If Charles Dickens and Jack Vance had ever collaborated, they might have written this book...a collision between English letters and the hard-edged vision of grunge fantasy." Rogues, brothels, murders, balloons, and orphans populate this clever adventure. Hunt recently signed a major six-book deal and has had much (and well-deserved) movie interest in his work. I recently caught up with Hunt via email to find out more about this inventive UK writer.
Amazon.com: Can you describe for readers where you are as you’re answering these questions?
Stephen Hunt: I’m actually reading the questions and blasting the answers out on my laptop as I’m on the train. I get most of the writing for my novels done on the hoof – normally on the train as I commute back and forth in the mornings, or the dead time when I’m stuck in hotels in the evening. It used to be said that a private in the army would learn to snatch sleep in five-minute bursts while standing ramrod straight on a parade ground. I’ve learnt the same trick for pushing out wordage, but doing so while queuing in Starbucks or stuck on the Tube/Subway/Metro!