Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Jo’s scientific approach to writing

SHE may not be a household name in her native Wales just yet – but a former financial adviser is fast on her way to becoming one of the world’s best known science fiction and fantasy writers.

Jo Walton, 42, who was born in Aberdare, in the Cynon Valley, has already picked up a World Fantasy Award for her 2003 novel Tooth and Claw about dragons which eat each other.

And her work is published as far afield as Canada, the USA, China, Japan, the Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, Holland and Australia.

But, despite her global success, the Canadian-based author says her literary agent is “going spare” about the difficulty of getting published in Britain. She writes her novels in a wood panelled study at the home in Montreal she shares with her Irish husband Dr Emmet O’Brien, who works in bioinformatics at the city’s university.

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