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Exclusive Interview: “The Butcher Of The Forest” Author Premee Mohamed

 

For the Chinese, 2024 is the year of the wood dragon.

For the people of India, it is the year of Saturn.

But for bookshelves, it’s going to be the year of Premee Mohamed, who has at least three, and possible as many as five, books coming out this year, starting with the dark fairytale fantasy novella The Butcher Of The Forest (paperback, Kindle).

In the following email interview, Mohamed explains what inspired and influenced this tale, while also discussing the two others that have been scheduled for release: The Siege Of Burning Grass (out March 12) and We Speak Through The Mountain (out June 18).

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Exclusive Interview: “No One Will Come Back For Us” Author Premee Mohamed

 

When talking about whether the idea for a book is good or not, we usually lay all the blame at the feet of the writer. But like movies, cakes, and cars, books aren’t just made by one person.

It’s something I thought about while doing the following email interview with writer Premee Mohamed about her first short story collection, No One Will Come Back For Us And Other Stories (paperback, Kindle), in which she credits the book’s editor and publisher with making it good as well as possible.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Void Ascendant” Author Premee Mohamed

 

With her second-world fantasy novel The Void Ascendant (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), writer Premee Mohamed is concluding the sci-fi, fantasy, cosmic horror series Beneath The Rising that she launched in 2020 with the titular first novel, and continued in 2021 with A Broken Darkness.

But as she admits in the following email interview, while Void was not this series’ original ending, it does bring this series to a decisive close.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Annual Migration Of Clouds” Author Premee Mohamed

 

As a scientist, it’s not surprising that writer Premee Mohammed would write a story about an apocalypse that’s both environmental and biological in nature.

It’s also not surprising that, as she admits in the following email interview about her post-apocalyptic sci-fi novella The Annual Migration Of Clouds (paperback, Kindle), she sometimes found her writer’s instincts running up against her scientific ones.

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Exclusive Interview: “And What Can We Offer You Tonight” Author Premee Mohamed

 

For some, social media is a way to stay connected to friends, family, and the world at large. For others, it’s the engine that feeds much of the hate and stupidity that’s ruining society.

But for writer Premee Mohamed, it was a place to find an image that inspired her new dystopian sci-fi novella And What Can We Offer You Tonight (paperback, Kindle). In the following email interview about it, Mohamed not only explains how that happened, but what else influenced this story.

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Exclusive Interview: “A Broken Darkness” Author Premee Mohamed

 

Last year, writer Premee Mohamed mashed together science fiction, fantasy, and Lovecraftian cosmic horror in her novel Beneath The Rising (paperback, Kindle, audiobook).

But this was only half the story. In the following email interview, Mohamed discusses the other half, A Broken Darkness (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), including how the Coronavirus pandemic changed her original plans for this second story.

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Exclusive Interview: “Beneath The Rising” Author Premee Mohamed

 

As someone who shelves his books alphabetically, I usually don’t care about genre (save for these author interviews, where it’s handy in explaining what a book is like).

Which made the following email interview with Premee Mohamed about her genre-bending sci-fi / fantasy / cosmic horror / what-have-you novel Beneath The Rising (paperback, Kindle, audiobook) so interesting…and not just because of her celebrity-adjacent author photo.