Interview with Margaret Taylor

1. Your latest book, Cannon Fodder, was just released. Describe this book in 3 words.
Evil overlord noob.

2. Tell us about the main character, Alex Nightingale. 
Alec Nightshade is a 15-year-old who's been raised by evil overlords. The poor kid keeps bouncing from guardian to guardian because they get killed by heroes at climactic moments. He wants to pursue a career in overlording, too, because that's simply what's done, but secretly he doesn't want to hurt anybody. That's where the story starts.

3. What do you love most about science fiction and fantasy?
The chance to see other worlds. There's only so much you can see for yourself in one mortal lifetime, but books expand that.

4. You're currently studying plant biology. What fascinates you about this subject?
Plants can't move, so they solve a lot of problems in their lives with chemistry. Plants and fungi are much more chemically diverse than animals are. Dyes, medicines, fibers, flavorings, oils – you can extract all of those things from plants. Plus they can make their own food from sunlight and carbon dioxide, which is really cool.

5. Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Ehh... I'm so bad at this sort of thing. She'd have to be a white woman in her mid twenties. And not one of those movie stars who's built like a wisp of smoke, because I'm not. So maybe a character actress.