Interview with author of Nobody’s Princess Esther Friesner

Published January 7, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

Esther M. Friesner

Esther M. Friesner was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A’s in both Spanish and Drama. She went to on to Yale University; within five years she was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish. She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full-time author of fantasy and science fiction. She has published twenty-seven novels so far; her most recent titles include Temping Fate from Penguin-Puffin and Nobody’s Princess from Random House.

Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Aboriginal SF, Pulphouse Magazine, Amazing, and Fantasy Book, as well as in numerous anthologies. Her story, “Love’s Eldritch Ichor,” was featured in the 1990 World Fantasy Convention book.

Her first stint as an anthology editor was Alien Pregnant By Elvis, a collection of truly gonzo original tabloid SF for DAW books. Wisely, she undertook this project with the able collaboration of Martin H. Greenberg. Not having learned their lesson, they have also co-edited the Chicks In Chainmail Amazon comedy anthology series for Baen Books, as well as Blood Muse, an anthology of vampire stories for Donald I Fine, Inc.

“Ask Auntie Esther” was her regular etiquette and advice column to the SFlorn in Pulphouse Magazine. Being paid for telling other people how to run their lives sounds like a pretty good deal to her.

Ms. Friesner won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story of 1995 for her work, “Death and the Librarian,” and the Nebula for Best Short Story of 1996 for “A Birth Day.” (A Birth Day” was also a 1996 Hugo Award finalist.) Her novelette, “Jesus at the Bat” was on the final Nebula ballot in the same year that “Death and the Librarian” won the award. In addition, she has won the Romantic Times award for Best New Fantasy Writer in 1986 and the Skylark Award in 1994. Her short story, “All Vows,” took second place in the Asimov’s SF Magazine Readers’ Poll for 1993 and was a finalist for the Nebula in 1994. Her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel, Warchild, made the USA TODAY bestseller list.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, two rambunctious cats, and a fluctuating population of hamsters.

The interview

Jenny: What is your favorite mythological character?

 Esther: I think I like Psyche best.  She was a mortal who earned her status as a god.  She was the victim of Looks Bigots, even if said bigot was the goddess Aphrodite and she suffered for being too beautiful rather than not beautiful enough.  Still, she was judged solely on the basis of her appearance and that’s not right.

Jenny: Who is your favorite writer?

Esther: Terry Pratchett.  He’s brilliant.

Jenny: Do you have any book recommendations?

Esther: Right now my mind is preoccupied by graphic novels like THIS ONE SUMMER (Sorry I don’t recall the author’s & artist’s names off hand) and the whole of THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE by Larry Gonick. I also love THREE MEN IN A BOAT by Jerome K. Jerome.  And back to graphic novels, sort of, I will recommend a wonderful manga, A BRIDE’S STORY.
Also, anything by Liz Williams, especially the Singapore 3 novels beginning with SNAKE AGENT, ditto anything by Gail Carriger, starting with SOULLESS.

Thank you so much Esther for interview, I can’t wait to read more of your books!


Deception’s Pawn comes out April 28th 2015 !


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