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What's a Jo Graham book?

I was doing a grant application recently and one of the questions stumped me. "What makes it a _____ book? How would a reader know your work out of all the books in the library?" So I put that question to you: What is a Jo Graham book? What makes it different? How would you guess a book was mine?


Sep. 27th, 2016 02:55 am (UTC)
I haven't read the Stargate books, but since they're constrained by outside influences, I'm not sure they should count as pure Jo Graham. The thing that hooks me is that the characters all have, whether they're aware of it or it's deeply buried in the subconscious, a sense of living in a world that is more than just the material one which can be measured by science.

That numinous quality, which isn't limited just to the Numinous World stories, is one of the things that I love about your books. Especially when it co-exists with otherwise fairly ordinary people like the characters in Order of the Air.
Sep. 27th, 2016 01:47 pm (UTC)
Definitely constrained by outside influences and also cowritten (most of them) but I think the Stargate books do reflect me as well. I think the Osprey plot line is very me.

Oh yes the numinous quality! There is more beneath the surface, magic around every corner, even if most of the time people aren't aware of it. That's as you say one of the big points in The Order of the Air -- these are ordinary people who have fairly ordinary lives, and yet it's there!