Dabney: Thank you so much for talking with me. I am an unabashed Joanna Bourne fan girl and have been ever since I first read The Spymaster’s Lady. AAR readers have loved your Spymasters series; I’m sure many of us are counting the days until the release of your newest, Rogue Spy.
So let’s talk about, among other things, Rogue Spy.
The novel is set in 1802 which sets its story in between two of the other books in the series, The Spymaster’s Lady and My Lord and Spymaster. It’s an unusual thing in for a writer to do with a series, to write them in non-chronological order. What’s the reason you’ve done so?
Joanna: It’s worse even than setting the story between two books. Rogue Spy takes place inside Spymaster’s Lady.
The action of Rogue Spy begins while Annique and Grey are walking from Dover to London. The action ends two days after that fateful dinner party where Grey confronts Colonel Reams. Everything that happens in Rogue Spy is going on while there’s also important stuff going down in the other book.
I don’t know quite why I’ve written all these stories out of order. Maybe it’s because, whatever year I’m writing in, I’m always aware of the other stories in the fictive world. Side story. Back story. Future story.
But really, when it comes to writing in chronological order … I wonder why everybody else does this. So odd.
Dabney: Rogue Spy is Pax’s story. When did your readers first meet Pax? When this novel begins, what do we know about him from your earlier books?