Author: Marlena Frank
Pub. Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Legion Imprint of Radiant Crown Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook
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“A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers.”
Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.
I write about strange creatures. Typically they shouldn’t exist, or they have bled through from a different reality, or they’re pretending to be a crying baby in a crib. Sometimes that lands my stories in horror and other times in fantasy, but there’s always an air of strangeness to my tales. If you want to get a better feel for what I’m talking about, check out a few clips or read a few drabbles.
My work has appeared in a spattering of short story collections, but I do have a few novellas and novels in the pipeline. Other than talking about writing, I also talk about cryptozoology, werewolves, wildlife conservation, and of course kitties. I’ve also been known to nerd out about Batman and The Hobbit, and have recently discovered the cracktastic fun of Black Butler cosplay, so there will likely be more of these incidents.
By day I work as a web developer, so I’ll occasionally talk about web issues like finding the right theme.
- What is on your nightstand?
My nightstand has a hodgepodge of things right now. I have my leather-bound journal where I keep most of my writing ideas that come to me, usually in the morning or the middle of the night. That’s usually when I come up with new books, and that journal is where they first get scribbled down. I also have my bullet journal and a pen case for it. This is a hobby that I’ve really embraced over the past month or so, and I’ve found it very helpful, especially when I’m working on a book release!One book I have sitting there that I haven’t even cracked open yet, but I’m looking forward to it: Shayne Leighton’s Of Light and Darkness. It’s book 1 of her series, and the new cover just looks gorgeous, so I had to give it a shot. I also have my Kindle on my nightstand, and right now I’m reading an ARC of Bacon Pie by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo.
- What author would you totally fan?
This isn’t actually a difficult problem for me, because I fan so many authors. Cherie Priest was actually a writer who I first started following regularly on her blog on Livejournal. It was great to see how her books came to life, but it was also fascinating to see how being a writer affected her in real-life too. When I found out she was attending DragonCon one year, I had to go see her. I had only read her work from the library, so all I had for her to sign was a pamphlet for the con. I was so nervous to meet her in person that I barely said anything either! Definitely a missed opportunity for me.
- What makes you cringe?
In books, one of the things that makes me cringe the most is when the plot becomes predictable. Too many books that I’ve read may start out fascinating but end up going along the same tropes that I’ve grown accustomed to reading. One of the reasons I love the books coming out of small publishers and from indie authors is that many of them buck those traditional perspectives.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I actually work both ways. Usually I start out with an outline that lasts for a few chapters, then I allow the story and characters to take me where they want. When I start to feel that the outline is restrictive or that my characters become too big for the limited outline I started with, I break away and move on without it. I want to emphasize that I usually know what beats I want to hit in the story, and have a good idea of how the story will end. I may not know all the details of the ending, but I know where the characters are headed.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I don’t get to use this word very often, but I love the sound of it: fiddlesticks. It’s one of those words that just roll out well as an exclamation. It’s certainly a lot of fun to say. It originated in the 15th century and generally just means nonsense or impatience. Unfortunately, it’s not really a word for contemporary pieces though.
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