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Authorial Intrusion - Melissa Marr

Welcome to this special Monday night edition of Authorial Intrusion!

Due to Internetus interruptus last night, I was prevented from posting my regular Sunday Intrusion, but I’m really excited to be here tonight because one week from today is when my guest’s second book comes out. Woo-hoo! (Plus the paperback of her first book. Wow!)

Anyway, back to the boilerplate:

To read any of the previous interviews, just click on the tag “authorial intrusion” on the left side of the page.

For those just tuning in, here’s the history behind these posts:

I love reading about the Publishing Journeys of my favorite writers.

I love the long, soul-searching interviews that reveal every obstacle and triumph: the author whose agent made her do three revisions before signing her … the author who gets up at 4:30 a.m. to write, because it’s the only time she has to herself … the critically acclaimed author who spent nine years trying to get published … I never tire of this stuff!

Long, luxurious interviews aside, don’t you sometimes find yourself wondering: “But do you like Thai or Chinese food better?”

Reader, I asked them.

I assembled a grab-bag full of random questions and emailed them to some of my favorite writers.

They answered!

And now, without further ado, please welcome Melissa Marr!



Melissa Marr - melissa_writing - is the author of the YA urban fantasy novels Wicked Lovely, which literally brought me luscious faery dreams one day when I fell asleep after reading it, and Ink Exchange, which comes out one week from today, (can’t wait!). The third book in the trilogy, Enthralled, will be released in 2009. It’s the sequel to Wicked Lovely.

Melissa also has a short story in the Love is Hell YA anthology, out later this year, and in 2009 the first book in a manga series (Desert Fey) is scheduled for release. She also has three more books under contract with Harper.

Whew! I was sooo lucky to catch Melissa in-between revisions. Even better … I caught her in a meme-ish mood. Enjoy!


Where did you go on your first date?
The first that was probably what one would call an actual date (driven somewhere, asked out for a set time & place) was fries & a soda at a roller skating rink with Adrian. He was a total sweetie too, polite & hand-holding & shy & offering to fetch things for me . . . which was funny to the point that I wondered what went wrong b/c the first evening we spent together had been hanging out in a graveyard, snuggled up against a tombstone and talking and smoking. Apparently, the rules were different when there was the ordering of food.

Before him, there were other hanging out dates with other people, but he was the first set time & money spent for food & weird nervousness.


Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
DEAD: Random people from different eras
LIVING: Random people from different jobs, countries, mindsets, faiths, et al

I love meeting people from whom I can learn things or get tidbits and insights.


What are you reading right now?
This week I started Absolute Brightness (J. Lecesne--YA), and I'm finishing The Slow Moon (E Cox--adult contemporary).

I most recently read and enjoyed Rogue (R. Vincent--adult paranormal romance), Much Ado in the Moonlight (L. Kurland--adult romance), Ghost Orchid (C. Goodman--adult contemporary fiction), Poison Sleep (TA Pratt--adult urban fantasy); an advanced copy of The Forest of Teeth and Hands (C Ryan--YA), House of Cards (CE Murphy--adult UF), and You Know Where to Find Me (Cohn--YA contemp fiction).


Favorite pie?
My Gramma's lemon meringue is my #1 choice, but I've never found one as good as hers was. Others--fresh picked raspberry pie, choc pie, apple pie, multi-berry pie . . . I have much pie fondness.

First job?
Babysitting. I was either 12 or 13, iirc. First job that required my social security number/taxes was in an office as a clerical assistant.

Tell us something weird about you.
Hmm. One of my I-like-this-weirdness details is that I was born under a full moon.

Rain or sun?
Sun most every day if I can have it . . . but summer storms are pretty fun. I like to go sloshing around barefoot if I can find somewhere relatively clean to do so.

Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Everything is subjective.

Any phobias?
Yes. I have a complete terror of sharks. I'm working on it though. In CA, I used to go to the aquarium to see them most every month; I went to shark petting (Aquarium of the Pacific in CA); I research them & watch documentaries. I'm still completely afraid of them--to the point that I've asked my spouse to promise he'd strangle me if we ever are in a plane crashed into the ocean with sharks. He's quite accustomed to my lack of logic, so he merely asked the parameters of when murder was better than death-by-shark.

Top 5 songs most played on your iPod or in your brain radio.
*checks itunes play counts*

This week the top 5 played are--

Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan "Then Go"
A Perfect Circle "The Noose"
K's Choice "Virgin State of Mind"
Union of Knives "Evil Has Never"
30 Seconds to Mars "The Kill"


Write a spam subject line for us.
Sorry. I have nothing here . . . *hangs head in shame* I enjoy reading spam subject lines, but I have none of my own to offer.

Best present anyone ever gave you?
My spouse gave me children. That's pretty hard to top.

Favorite how-to book for writers.
I don't read how-to books. The only one I more than a couple chapters of was Annie Dillard's The Writing Life. How-to books for writing freak me out. I believe it's all subjective, so adopting another writer's path seems like a bad fit for me.

Is there anything you want to tell us that you wish I'd asked?
Nope. I had fun with these :) Meme type questions are just good fun, so thanks for asking.

Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Melissa!

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lisa_schroeder
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Wow, where have I been? I didn't realize INK EXCHANGE comes out next week. Cool!
seaheidi
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
great answers--i'm glad you're mixing up the questions!

like the best present one and the first date one

=)
robinellen
Apr. 22nd, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lisa and Melissa -- always fun to read :)
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