… and to give you a few insights into this year’s nominees, we’ve asked them all a few questions…
Tell us one of your early favourite fantasy novels?
I was influenced early on by H.G.Wells “Visions of the Future”
What fantasy novel was a real game changer, shifting the way you thought about epic fiction?
I love all Ian Banks novels particularly “Use of Weapons”
What do you like to see on fantasy novel cover art? What puts you off?
I prefer the simple,stark imagery of the first “Alien” poster
What classic fantasy themes always get your interest on the cover or in the write up of a new book? Any pet hates?
I am drawn to the realization of new, strange worlds
What’s the next big thing you’d like to see in epic fantasy fiction?
I would like to see more identity morphing from one character to another.