J Anderson Coats
Author of The Wicked and the Just
1. What is the last video game you played?
I must confess a weakness for historically-based games of conquest, and my current time-sink is Medieval Total War. There’s something delightful and hypnotic about building an army and marching it around to sack castles and challenge rivals on the field. The best part is the fact that sometimes your nobles develop bad habits if you let them sit idle too long—
they become drunks or perverts. That’s the most historically accurate part of the whole game, and also the most hilarious.
2. If you could switch places with someone for a day, who would you pick?
I would switch places with the head of the HR department at the British Library, and I’d hire this excellent reference librarian named J. Anderson Coats who also writes young-adult novels.
3. How many different beverages do you have in a day?
Let’s see. Coffee, hot lemon water, wine, milk, tea. That’d be five. Coffee should count twice, though, since I drink so much of it.
4. What country would you love to visit?
There are precious few countries I wouldn’t want to visit! I’d love to go back to Australia and see the home of my very early youth. I’d love to go to Wales and attempt to use my fledgling Welsh on a daily basis. I’d love to go to Sweden and see the town my great-grandfather emigrated from. I could go on, but suffice it to say that the world is a very big place and my passport is toned up and ready to go.
About The Wicked and the Just:
Cecily longs to return to her beloved Edgeley Hall, where her father was lord of the manor. But now he has completely ruined her life. He is moving them to Caernarvon, in occupied Wales, where he can get a place for almost nothing, since the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will get to be the lady of the house at last—if all goes well.
Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English came and destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now Gwenhwyfar must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl who has taken what should have been hers.
While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And meanwhile the Welsh are not as conquered as they seem. Outside the city walls of Caernarvon, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.
About J Anderson Coats (from her website):
J. Anderson Coats has dug for crystals, held Lewis and Clark’s original hand-written journal and been a mile underground. She has a cool surgery scar unrelated to childbirth, she reads Latin, and she’s been given the curse of Cromwell on a back-road in Connemara. On a clear day, she can see the Olympic mountains from her front window. On the foggy ones, she can smell the Puget Sound.
She writes historical fiction set in the middle ages that routinely includes too much violence, name-calling and petty vandalism perpetrated by badly-behaved young people. Her work is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
The Wicked and the Just, J’s debut novel, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2012.