Jay Lake's Green: A Departure for the Clockwork King

In a departure from his previous Steampunk-ish novels for Tor, Mainspring and Escapement, author Jay Lake has just come out with Green, a lush fantasy with an Eastern feel. The title refers to the name of  the unusual heroine, Green, who undergoes all manner of trials and tribulations to win through as her own person. Green narrates Green, and in this spellbinding account of her early years, her training as a courtesan and assassin, and her subsequent adventures. It's a very intimate narrative, from the first paragraph: "The first thing I can remember in this life is my father driving his white ox, Endurance, to the sky burial platforms. His back was before me as we walked along a dusty road. All things were dusty in the country of my birth, unless they were flooded. A ditch yawned at each side to beckon me toward play. The fields beyond were drained of water and filled with stubble, though I could not now say which of the harvest seasons it was." As Publishers Weekly wrote, "the story is nicely powered by strong mythic undertones and a fresh take on the relationship between gods and mortals."

Lake has already talked elsewhere about some of the reasons he wrote Green, and wrote it now, but I thought it'd be interesting to ask him about how his travels influenced the novel. His answer below...


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