Dual Interview with MARY E. PEARSON and MARLENE PEREZ and Giveaway

Today on Tales of the Ravenous Reader I have an interview by Vania Stoyanova of VLC productions featuring Mary E. Pearson and Marlene Perez

VLC: Your books a bit different in genres and story but both your main characters start off figuring out who they are. What's been the greatest  revelation you've experienced as you've been writing your series?

What characters from each other's books would you think would be BBF's or
would 'hook up?' And by hook up I mean 'get together romantically.'

Mary: Well, without a doubt, Jenna would love talking to Nyx!  There aren’t too many people her age, you know?  As in darn near immortal.  Nyx would know some of her old favorite tunes, and Jenna’s the sympathetic type and would sympathize with his predicament.  

On the other hand, um, how shall I put this delicately?  Locke Jenkins is the oldest virgin in history, so he would probably think Elizabeth is pretty hot.

Marlene: Nyx would probably try to pick up Jenna, but he wouldn’t have the sense to realize what a treasure he had. The guy has terrible taste in women, but a good heart. He’d make friends with Jenna, but would probably get into a fight with Locke.

VLC: What's been the greatest challenge in writing your series?

Mary: Remembering what I said two books back so I don’t contradict myself.  I wish I could plug a flash drive into my brain so every detail was there!  I have the utmost awe for authors who write far longer series than I do—like Marlene!

Marlene: I’m with Mary. I have to create a series bible to keep track of things. Thank goodness for early readers, editors, and copy-editors who read through and catch those little things that a writer can forget from a few books back.

VLC: Anything in particular you enjoy writing the most?

Mary: The End.

Marlene: I’m usually in a caffeine fueled, sleep-deprived haze by the time I’m done, so I don’t think I’d say I enjoy writing the end, but it’s certainly a relief by that point. I enjoy the first chapter, the beginning, when everything is fresh and shiny in your mind. That’s when the book is all about possibilities and not the hard work that comes next.

VLC: What's been your favorite fan moment?

Mary: There’s been so many—fans and their letters sometimes make me cry and that’s a good thing—but one fan highlight for me was finally meeting a fan in person years after I “met” her online.  She had read one of my earlier  books, Scribbler of Dreams, and she said that book was responsible for reigniting her love of reading. Then she kept in touch with me with each subsequent book sharing book sightings, etc.. Finally I got to meet her at a book festival in Austin and we gave each other big mutual fan hugs. It’s wonderful to have a reader stay in touch with you through all of your books.

Marlene: Hearing from fans, of course, but meeting them in person is wonderful. I honestly think the nicest people read my books.

VLC: What is one book you wish you had written?

Mary: Just one?  There are so many I admire! But one book that I thought was brilliantly written was Surrender by Sonya Hartnett.  Plot, character, suspense, and surprise were perfectly woven together.

Marlene: This changes all the time for me. Of the classics, it’s A Wrinkle in Time. There’s a really cool book that blends history with poetry and fiction called The Emperor’s Babe by Bernadine Evaristo. I loved it because the author really took chances. Another one is The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue, which is just beautifully written.

VLC: What books have you read recently that you would recommend to readers?

Mary: Strange Fates by Marlene Perez of course! I also loved Unremembered by Jessica Brody and Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans!

Marlene: I adore Mary’s the Fox Chronicles. And I’ve been lucky enough to read Mary’s part of Mary’s manuscript for her new trilogy and it’s going to blow people away! I also loved Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series.


 Exciting News! Paperback and Audio!
Strange Fates is available now in paperback! For those who love to have a physical book to hold and smell and flip through this is your chance to read it! 
And to celebrate, I’m giving away 3 copies on Goodreads! Enter to win starting Sunday, April 7, 2013

Also, if you like audiobooks, Strange Fates is now on audio! And boy is the narrator Jeremy Arthur sound great as Nyx! Check it out on Amazon/Audible!

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