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Andrea K. Höst

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Born in Sweden and raised in Australia, Andrea K Höst currently lives in Sydney. She writes fantasy, but wanders occasionally into science fantasy.

Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.


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Andrea K. Höst Touchstone started off as a fiction blog. My initial concept was simply to write every day of a person's life, no matter how boring that day was - to…moreTouchstone started off as a fiction blog. My initial concept was simply to write every day of a person's life, no matter how boring that day was - to not skip the things that writers usually elide or compact for the sake of easy reading.

There was no planning whatsoever to start off with, just a girl, and stepping her through a gate and every day I discovered what happened next. This is pretty much how I usually write, for the first chapter or so of my books - I rarely have an ending in mind when I start.

But naturally I think about what could be coming as I write, and usually by chapter three or so I have some idea of some of the major events we're heading for. Often the explanation for all the things going on don't come along until later, though.

With Touchstone particularly, a great deal of what happened revolved around me thinking of something interesting, writing about it, and then when I bored of that, thinking up a new spanner to throw in the works. I didn't know what a Touchstone was actually _for_, for instance, until Lira showed up.(less)
Andrea K. Höst I've no immediate plans to write one (too many other projects) but if I did I was considering Rua's point of view as she escorts Aspen around Atlarus.
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Stray (Touchstone, #1)
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Lab Rat One (Touchstone, #2)
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Caszandra (Touchstone, #3)
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And All the Stars
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Hunting
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Voice of the Lost (Medair, #2)
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We started our time in Northumberland in the centre of Newcastle for the Diana Wynne Jones Conference. I quite liked what I saw of Newcastle (though most of that was this massive mall-amoeba which had grown and sprawled underneath seemingly endless city blocks).

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Umpteenth re-read. Still love it.
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Again a very readable book with plenty to enjoy. [Although, again, far fewer female characters than male.]

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“I blame Doctor Who. Mr Spock. The Scooby Gang: both the ones in the Mystery Machine and the ones with the stakes. I've spent my life with stories of people who don't walk away, who go back for their friends, who make that last stand. I've been brainwashed by Samwise Gamgee.”
Andrea K. Höst, Stray

“I walked into adventure and adventure has given me blisters.”
Andrea K. Höst, Stray

“A metric fuckton of dumb so epically mind-destroyingly beyond a bad idea that there's not a chance they would go there.”
Andrea K. Höst, Lab Rat One

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“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”
Angela Carter

“Frankly, I wish I could make my heart quit doing an extra thump when Wolfe says satisfactory, Archie. It's childish.”
Rex Stout, The Silent Speaker

“Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.”
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“Horses are of a breed unique to Fantasyland. They are capable of galloping full-tilt all day without a rest. Sometimes they do not require food or water. They never cast shoes, go lame or put their hooves down holes, except when the Management deems it necessary, as when the forces of the Dark Lord are only half an hour behind. They never otherwise stumble. Nor do they ever make life difficult for Tourists by biting or kicking their riders or one another. They never resist being mounted or blow out so that their girths slip, or do any of the other things that make horses so chancy in this world. For instance, they never shy and seldom whinny or demand sugar at inopportune moments. But for some reason you cannot hold a conversation while riding them. If you want to say anything to another Tourist (or vice versa), both of you will have to rein to a stop and stand staring out over a valley while you talk. Apart from this inexplicable quirk, horses can be used just like bicycles, and usually are. Much research into how these exemplary animals come to exist has resulted in the following: no mare ever comes into season on the Tour and no stallion ever shows an interest in a mare; and few horses are described as geldings. It therefore seems probable that they breed by pollination. This theory seems to account for everything, since it is clear that the creatures do behave more like vegetables than mammals. Nomads appears to have a monopoly on horse-breeding. They alone possess the secret of how to pollinate them.”
Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

“You must admit I have a right to live in a pigsty if I want.”
Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle

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message 9: by Dillon (last edited Jul 19, 2014 07:58AM)

Dillon  Clay  Asher Andrea, thank you for accepting my friend request.
I've downloaded and look forward to reading Stray.
Wishing you the very best!


Andrea Taylor wrote: "I ordered the paperback version and it arrived today. I'm so stoked! I can't wait to read it again! I'm talking about And All The Stars."

I hope it works well for you in the re-read. :)


Taylor I ordered the paperback version and it arrived today. I'm so stoked! I can't wait to read it again! I'm talking about And All The Stars.


Andrea Taylor wrote: "I must say that And All the Stars is one of the best books I have ever read."

I'm glad you liked it Taylor. :)


Taylor I must say that And All the Stars is one of the best books I have ever read.


Andrea Louise wrote: "can't wait for the novel to come out down under, And All the Stars sounds exciting."

It's as out as it will be in Australia. Not available in stores except by special order. (Can take around six weeks for it to show up on catalogue listings though.)


Louise can't wait for the novel to come out down under, And All the Stars sounds exciting.


Andrea Wendy Darling wrote: "This excites me GREATLY. You have no idea. Thanks for the heads up! Now you'll have to put up with us harassing you about it from now until then, hah.

I'm not sure any amount of harassment could overcome my current Star Wars: The Old Republic addiction. But I am making progress. It'll be a next year release I think.


Wendy Darling Andrea wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Wendy!

As for the survivalist story...well, it mutated somewhat, but... And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst

You and Flannery totally derailed me from thebook I was theoretically putting out in March, and I've been working on this ever since. Though have only managed to move the poor girl an inch or two."


This excites me GREATLY. You have no idea. Thanks for the heads up! Now you'll have to put up with us harassing you about it from now until then, hah.

And thank you for accepting! I'm glad to be in touch more regularly. :)


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