Seven reasons I'm proud of The Grand Conjunction:
- It contains the biggest kick-arse space battle I could imagine.
- There's more than a hint of film noir.
- I had fun dicking around with structure. For instance: the "Previously in Astropolis" intro contains an important hint as to both the identity of the series narrator and the ultimate fate of our hero.
- All the important questions (why Imre was reborn female in book one; what his other self has been doing all this time; etc) are answered at the end, so no one's going to be left scratching their heads. I hope.
- The Gothic text I chose for inspiration was Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Predictable, but still a wonderful text to work with.
- The main characters literally go through a wringer. Literally. (Not really.)
- It's dedicated to Gary Numan.
Oh, and the last line is possibly my favourite from all my novels to date.
(Okay, that's eight, but I liked the alliteration of the subject line. So sue me!)