Para-RT13 with Melissa Marr

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Introduce yourself to our readers.

I’m pretty basic: I write, and I’m a mom. Before this, I taught university lit, homeschooled for a few years, and moved about the country with my spouse (a USMC officer). I wrote my first book when he was deployed for the war in 2003. I wasn’t sleeping well. It was either write or sleeping pills.

Tell us a little about your books?

My first book was Wicked Lovely (a YA paranormal about faeries in the modern world). It debuted on the NY Times bestseller list, won the Romance Writers of America RITA for YA, and started a series. The last book in that series (Darkest Mercy) won an RT Reviews Choice Award. In addition to that series, I write adult (Graveminder, 2011; The Arrivals, July 2013) and children’s fiction (The Blackwell Pages with Kelley Armstrong, May 2013) too.

Is this your first RT convention?

No, I’ve pretty much been an annual attendee the past 6 years. This is the 3rd year I’ve organized the YA track too.

If you've been to one before any tips for us newbies?

Remember that whatever books you pick up need to get home, so be judicious in your selections—or plan to bring a spare bag to get them home!

Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels, going to any parties etc.

I’m moderating a couple, but I think I ended up giving all but one of my panels to authors who added late. I will be signing ARCs of my upcoming adult book, The Arrivals, at the Harper/Avon party on Friday. I’ll be in YA Alley for the Giant Signing, and then at Teen Day events and the Teen Day Party all day Saturday.   

If we see you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?

Either a raspberry cosmo (with Chambord and Absolute Vodka), Irish whiskey (Jamesons), or Balvenie Single Malt depending on my mood.

Tell us a little about your newest book.

The Arrivals (July 2013) is a story about killers from different eras pulled into an alternate world. It has romance, monsters, sex, and magic.

Any plans in the city while you're there?

I’m only there for a blink this year (Fri & Sat). My 3-month-old son requires my presence at home.

How are you traveling to RT? Where are you coming from? Any interesting hiccups?

I typically fly, except for the years I’ve roadtripped it with my crit partner, Jeaniene Frost. J doesn’t fly, and driving with her is always an adventure (read: we get lost every time which I actually enjoy).

What kind of opportunities are there for you at RT?

This may sound weird, but RT isn’t about “opportunities.” It’s time to see author friends and readers. I enjoy it enough that I’ve been a volunteer for several years now—despite my crazy schedule. I go because it’s fun.

What authors do you hope have tables beside you at the Giant Book Fair?

This is kind of cheating for me! I organize the YA track currently, so I’m happy to sit next to any of the authors.  Since we’re sorted alphabetically, I believe I’m next to Mari Mancusi this time.

Why do you attend conventions? 

I love seeing readers and authors, and I really enjoy panels whether I’m moderating, speaking, or listening. I come out of academia, so conferences and conventions are near the top of the list of my fun-parts-of-the-job.

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

Books 1-4 in Series

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  1. Thanks for the interview ladies, I enjoyed reading it. I actually did buy this series last year for my stepdaughter, and she really enjoyed it. Perhaps I will pick it up myself as well :)

  2. Nice! I enjoy Melissa's books! They're just awesome!

  3. I also think its so neat when I see that authors I love are friends in real life and take road trips together. I love it and it makes me super jealous. lol

  4. Loved the review! Such fun. How I wish I could attend one. Gosh I want to read Melissa's books!! The Arrivals sounds really cool too! Yet another book to add to my wishlist.

    Thanks for this

  5. Great review and I thank you for the comment question in the Rafflecopter . I don't have FB or Twitter so that gave me at least one chance. Melissa is a new Author for me but I have Darkest Mercy on my TRL.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  6. I enjoyed the review and since I haven't had a chance to read Melissa's books yet, I'm definitely going to be checking them out.

  7. I really liked the interview and hope I get the opportunity to check out the latest. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I think writing has to be a better option then sleeping pills - for everyone. I enjoyed the interview thank you.


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