My guest today is author Trent Jamieson whose debut urban fantasy novel Death Most Definite was recently released on July 27, 2010. Death Most Definite is the first book in the Death Works series, and is also part of my Debut Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge. You can read an excerpt here. The next book in the Death Works series, Managing Death, will be released on January 1, 2011
One lucky commenter has a chance to win a copy of Death Most Definite. Details are listed at the end of the post.
The Third Thing
by Trent Jamieson
When I first started writing Death Most Definite I knew I was writing about two things. Death and love.
What it’s like to fall in love, and how quickly that changes everything around you, the landscape of your life and work. And for my character, Steven, that change happens almost at once. The first thing that Lissa, the woman Steven has fallen for (before he even realises that he’s fallen for her) tells him to do is run. And Steven is running for the rest of the book. Running from death and towards death, and into love.
Death and love pervade these books. It’s partially because the story is modelled on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus following his soul mate Eurydice into hell to try and bring her back. And partially because of where I’ve set these books.
I live in the city of Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city. I chose Brisbane as a setting because to me it’s the city I know best, and because it’s also, to me, the city of love. Yeah, I know it’s not Paris, it’s not New York, or even Sydney. But to me, Brisbane will always be the city of love, alluring, a little grand, and a little mocking.
If I hadn’t fallen in love with my wife there is little chance I would have moved to Brisbane from the country town where I was living.
It’s the streets and suburbs of Brisbane that tell the story of my love for my wife. Being with her brought the city to life for me, and it’s the magic of Brisbane that I’ve always wanted to explore in a novel.
The first time I stood with my wife on top of Mt Coot-tha overlooking the city, the sun setting behind us, the city’s lights coming out. I knew I was in love. Everything enchanted me.
The river winds through the city, breaking it into distinct sections that bend around each other creating distinct suburbs with real character. The city undulates, always revealing something new, something different, here a flash of inner city skyline, here a quiet corner where you might see a scrub turkey scratching noisily in the undergrowth. The city’s a living vital thing, and it’s a city that doesn’t take itself too seriously. I guess all cities are like that, but this is the only one I know intimately. I’ve had a lot of fun here. I’ve become a man here in the best possible way.
Writing about Brisbane, writing about love, and Death. I felt like I was discovering the city anew. I’d sketch a scene sitting in the place where it was set, or on the train, trying to capture the place. The city always surprised me. The city was always generous. And the city permeates the book.
So I guess, when I first started writing Death Most Definite I knew I was writing about two things. Death and Love. But also a third. All I can hope is that the books have brought Brisbane alive to people that have never been here, and that they can understand why a boy from Brisbane, working for Death, might just chase his beloved to hell and back, and why he might fight to the death to save both the city and the woman he loves.
Trent Jamieson lives in Brisbane with his wife Diana. He is a multi-award winning Australian short story writer.
His first novel Death Most Definite, Book One of the Death Works series, was published in August 2010 by Orbit Books. When not writing, furiously, he works in Avid Reader Bookstore in Brisbane and teaches short story writing at QUT.
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