On this show we are excited to bring you an interview with our friends Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris about their new collaborative book Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel. You have probably heard them both on this show from time to time (especially Tee), but if you have not let me introduce you to them.
Pip is a writer and podcaster from New Zealand. She has been a mainstay in the podcasting fiction world with such titles as Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child, and Digital Magic. She is also the author of Geist with three other titles in that series on their way.
Tee Morris when he isn’t speaking somewhere is also a podcaster and writer. In 2005 Tee became known for being the first to podcast a novel, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana (2002), and following up with Billibub Baddings Mysteries: The Case of the Singing Sword winning him the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama. He also has written instructional works Podcasting for Dummies, and Sams Teach yourself Twitter in 10 minutes as well as All a Twitter.
Together Pip and Tee have written together Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel:
These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences—the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling—will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest . . . and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.
For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun—he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices—must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot . . . or see England fall to the Phoenix!
After the interview if you want to find out more about Pip and Tee and their work head over to The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences website.