I was fortunate enough to meet Melissa for the first time at last year’s RT Convention. I couldn’t believe how fun, real, cool and down to earth she is because she’s such a mega author. I guess I always pictured my favorite authors as brooding, reclusive and too cool for school – never wanting to make time for fans. I’m a pretty low-key person and I never want to feel like I’m bothering anybody. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Melissa is very approachable, so if you see her be sure to flag her down.
I was beyond excited to meet Melissa because she’s the reason that I started reading YA novels. When I was a young adult, I read adult books. I was always much more interested in reading Stephen King, Sandra Brown, Danielle Steel and Judith McNaught. For some reason, the YA genre didn’t appeal to me. I happened to be in B&N picking up a Christmas gift, when I saw the cover for Wicked Lovely. I almost dismissed it outright because it was a YA novel, but after reading the first few chapters in the store, I was hooked. I bought the book and thought – Wow, this is amazing. I’ve only been reading the YA genre for a couple of years, but I’m grateful to Melissa for the great books she’s written and for introducing me to the amazing YA genre.
I’m so honored to have Melissa here today to talk a bit about her upcoming anthologies and her debut adult novel – Graveminder. Please join me in welcoming Melissa to Dark Faerie Tales.
Want to hunt Melissa down at the convention? See details below…
- April 6-10: RT Booklovers Convention, Los Angeles CA (RT Booksellers Convention page is here)
- April 9: Teen Day and Book Signing!
- 11am -2pm: BOOK FAIR ( Book Fair Only Tickets available at the door: $5 each) Meet the YA authors at the general Book Fair, and purchase autographed copies of their latest books.
- 11am – 7:30pm — COME FOR THE DAY! — $25 Day Pass (you can pre-register, or pay at the door)
- $25 for one Adult
- $25 for one Teen which includes one FREE entry for an accompanying adult
- (Includes Book Fair, Saturday, Teen-Day Workshops and Teen Party. Swag bag full of books and giveaways FOR EVERY *TEEN! (*Swag Bags will be given out to the first 250 TEENS who attend the Teen Party. Adults are welcome take home any leftover bags at the end of the party while they last!)
- Melissa is running the YA Track (Track information located here). Come see us for a special YA Day on Saturday with huge swag giveaway and a couple dozen YA authors.
Melissa Marr grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college literature for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing the New York Times and internationally bestselling Wicked Lovely series (a film of which is in development by Universal Pictures). She has also written a three-volume manga series (Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales), a number of short stories, and her upcoming adult novel, Graveminder. All of her texts are rooted in her lifelong obsession with folklore and fantastic creatures.
I love writing short stories. Part of that is my general enjoyment of wandering into new stories and part of it is because, once upon a time before being a writer, I taught university lit—including a course not-so-creatively called “the Short Story.” (I didn’t name it!) The result of all of this is that I have a plethora of stories releasing this year.
So far this year, I had the Digital Only release of two stories set in the world of Wicked Lovely: “Old Habits” and “Cotton Candy Skies.”
In April, I have a vampire short story in TEETH (HarperTeen, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, editors). That story is my only vampire story. When the invitation arrived with the note that the editors wanted vampires rooted in folklore, I couldn’t say no.
In July, I have a short story in NAKED CITY (St Martins Press; Ellen Datlow, editor). “Guns for the Dead” is a GRAVEMINDER world story. It’s one of the most fun stories I’ve written; in it, you’ll meet a woman with guns and attitude, and visit an otherworldly 30s style club in the Land of the Dead. Alicia, the protag in this one, is a side character in GRAVEMINDER who has more of a story than what belonged in my novel, so this short story invitation was a perfect chance to spend more time with her.
The following month, August, I have the story “The Strength Inside” in HOME IMPROVEMENT: UNDEAD EDITION (Ed Charlaine Harris & Toni P Kelner). This is a direct case of my wanting to play in a new world. In it, two sisters have the unpleasant experience of trying to get a simple project approved by their Home Owners Association. Of course, the fact that I’m a diehard Charlaine Harris fan didn’t hurt my eagerness to say “yes!” to this invitation. I’ve been reading her stories since before Sookie. Back when I discovered her books, my almost-13-year-old son was a hyper pre-schooler. Our weekly library visits were to picture-book corner and the shelf where I picked up my weekly Harris fix. Getting to submit a story to her was exciting (& terrifying!).
Then in September, I have “Merely Mortal” in ENTHRALLED: PARANORMAL DIVERSIONS (HarperTeen; Kelley Armstrong & M. Marr, editors). This one takes place after DARKEST MERCY (the last Wicked Lovely novel), and telling you anything more could be a spoiler. As one of the editors of the anthology, I will say, however, that the anthology as a whole has some stellar short stories in it; you can read about a vampire in a rock band, a ghost who just wants one kiss, another ghost who wants something entirely different, cannibal Girl Scouts, and a gargouille in love. It was my first time editing, and I love the resulting anthology.
None of these are projects I would’ve taken on if I hadn’t met my novel deadlines, but sometimes in that space between novels, a woman just has to try out a new world or explore a thread that doesn’t quite belong in the next novel but beckons me all the same.
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