Image description: Black and white headshot of a smiling, short-haired white woman in three-quarter profile before a microphone. She looks very happy to be in front of an audience.

In December I sat down with Gareth Jelley for a podcast interview for Intermultiversal. We covered a lot of ground—Spear, writing, Hild, Menewood, why I love reading reviews, why Angela Carter’s metaphors don’t work for me, the Matter of Britain, research, creative process, life, the universe, and everything—but the podcast still only represents a fraction of the conversation.

So now here is the big—and by big I mean 10,000 words—written interview, which is based partially on the transcript of that podcast and partially on a written Q&A. The tone varies, obviously, from question to question, but the overall thrust of the conversation is consistent.