Tina Connolly, author of IRONSKIN
- Categories: Literary
- Event posted: Sept. 11, 2012
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain -- the ironskin.
When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation" -- a child born during the Great War -- Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.
Teaching the unruly Dorie suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn't expect to fall for the girl's father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.
Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life -- and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.
Tina Connolly grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, from Raintree and Deerfield all the way through LHS ('94) and KU. She and her husband and young son now live in Portland, Oregon, which has a cooler summer, but a wetter fall. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantasy, Lightspeed, and the anthology Unplugged: Year's Best Online SF. Her debut fantasy novel IRONSKIN is forthcoming from Tor Books in October 2012, with a sequel in 2013. She used to do a lot of theatre (and greatly misses SYT & LCT) but nowadays mostly fills the acting void with reading stories for podcasts, including Podcastle, Pseudopod, and her 2012 flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. Her website is tinaconnolly.com.