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un/Fair by Steven Harper
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
It’s difficult enough to live in the neighborhood “freakazoid” house. It’s even more difficult when you’re autistic and neither your family nor best friend really understands you. So when Ryan November wakes up on his eleventh birthday with the unexpected ability to see the future, he braces himself for trouble. But even his newfound power doesn’t anticipate that the fair folk–undines, salamanders, gnomes, and sylphs–want him dead, dead, dead. Ryan races to defend himself and his family against unrelenting danger from the fairy realm so he can uncover the truth about his family history–and himself. Except as Ryan’s power grows, the more enticing the fairy realm becomes, forcing him to choose between order and chaos, power and family. And for an autistic boy, such choices are never cut and dry.
Guest host topic: How did you come up with this story?
My son Aran is autistic. I started writing un/Fair when he was eleven, the same age as Ryan is in the book, because I was hoping he would be interested in reading a book about someone like himself. (Aran isn’t often interested in reading.) But what with one thing and another, I didn’t finish the book for a long time. Aran is now a young man, in fact!
I’ve also long felt that the original fairies from folklore have been too long ignored by fantasy. Elves have become tall, majestic people. Smaller fairies are cute or funny. In the original stories, though, the fae were frightening creatures with rules of their own. They preyed on humans–stole their sheep, made the cows run dry, poisoned the well, kidnapped children, drove travelers into quicksand. You didn’t want to meet one. I wanted to write a book that explored this.
Steven Harper/Piziks is the author of multiple fantasy and science fiction novels written for adults, notably the Clockwork Empire and Silent Empire series for Roc as Steven Harper and movie novelizations and tie ins for Pocket Books as Steven Piziks (IDENTITY, THE EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING, GHOST WHISPERER: THE PLAUGE ROOM). He’s also the father of an autistic son.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 23, 2016
- One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
- Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of un/FAIR by Steven Harper (INT)
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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl