Jo Walton's new novel is Among Others.
From her Publishers Weekly Q & A:
Protagonist Mori's background sounds very similar to your own: growing up in Wales, raised by your grandparents, etc. How autobiographical is Mori's story?--Marshal Zeringue
I've always been very interested in how stories become mythologized—how things start off as events and become anecdotes and stories and legends and myth. What I did in this book was to mythologize some of my own life experiences.
Was it a difficult story to tell?
Very difficult. It's much easier to research the 1940s than history you have lived through!
You've described yourself as a "feral" writer. How's that different from a "tame" writer?
I don't do a lot of things schools teach people to do and tell them they have to do. For example, I don't write outlines or drafts. And I write things on odd edges of genres.
Although published as adult fantasy, do you think Among Others could also be seen as YA?
I don't think of it as a YA book, even though...[read on]