Hello everyone! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome Meljean Brook to our sites today.
Meljean is the proud creator of the GUARDIANS and IRON SEAS series.
The GUARDIANS series consists of “Demon Angel”, “Demon Moon”, “Demon Night”, “Demon Bound”, “Demon Forged”, “Demon Blood”, “Demon Marked” and several shorts in Anthologies that are part of the same world. The 8th and final book in the series, Michael’s book, is due out in 2012.
The IRON SEAS series currently has 2 books – “The Iron Duke” and the just released “Heart of Steel”, with 2 shorts in anthologies that prequel it as well.
For our readers who are not yet familiar with Meljean’s work, we thought we’d give you the synopses of the first 2 and the most recent 2 books in the GUARDIANS series, and the synopses of the 2 books in the IRON DUKE series as well to peak your interest.
“Demon Angel” Synopsis:
How fantastic do those sound!!? We know, you want to go over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and get them right now, but wait… Let’s find out some more about the incredible author behind these amazing titles first, shall we?
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Meljean! We’re very happy to have you here today, and are glad to help you promote “Heart of Steel” as well as your entire Backlist! Thank you for entrusting us with the task and for letting us get to know you a little bit better.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the books…
Q2): How and when did you start writing?
Meljean: I began writing with a pencil in first grade. Ah, but you didn’t mean that, did you? Alas, I can’t remember exactly. I’ve always told little stories, but didn’t begin seriously writing until I was in my twenties. Before that, it was always something that I loved to do and I had fantasies of being an author, but I never considered making it a reality until I was working and realized that entering accounts payable and calculating payroll the rest of my life would pretty much be a living death. So I began alt-tabbing and writing at work, hoping to eventually make something of it. Luckily, I did.
Q4): What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
Meljean: I don’t have any time when I’m not writing or doing other writing business. Sometimes I’ll slip in a movie while I’m cleaning the house or doing busy work (like entering expenses or mailing out books) but aside from that, it’s all writing, all the time.
Q5): What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?
Meljean: Stupid puns, the Animaniacs, and finishing a daily word count.
Q7): What’s a typical writing day like for you?
Meljean: I get up. I check e-mails, then write. I get my girl up and get her to school, I come back and write until I pick her up from school. Then I go home and write. Sometime in the evening I usually make dinner. Then I go back and write until I’m ready for bed.
Q8): We know that this is a tough question, but who are a couple of your favorite authors and what are a few titles in your TBR pile right now?
Meljean: China Mieville, Peter S. Beagle, and Anne Bishop. On the TBR pile is every book that I’ve wanted to read and has been published in the past year, because I haven’t been reading much at all. Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, J.D. Robb, Meredith Duran, Loretta Chase…the list goes on and on.
Q9): If you were to write an auto-biography, what would you call it?
Meljean: The Not-so-Incredible Tales of a Dork Who Types Like a Monkey
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: O.K, now let’s find out some more about your awesome series…
Q10): Did you have to do research into anything specific to be able to properly write the GUARDIAN books?
Meljean: Yes. I didn’t really have to research the mythology or anything having to do with the worldbuilding, but for every book I have to research locations, occupations, and different aspects of each character to make them feel more ‘real’.
Q11): How are you feeling about Michael’s book being the last of the GUARDIAN series?
Meljean: I feel good about it. This is the story arc that I had planned for the Guardian series, so I’m thrilled that I’m going to be able to finish it as anticipated. I will be sorry to see it end, but at the same time, I –want- to end it here – not drag on the story and the characters forever and ever, without bringing anything new to the series.
Q12): What can we look forward to as the GUARDIAN series wraps up?
Meljean: Huge, epic battles in Hell. And giant spiders.
Q13): What were some of the challenges in bringing THE IRON SEAS series to life?
Meljean: The biggest challenge was creating an alternate history for the entire world, and one that spanned several centuries – and making certain that alternate history worked on a large scale and a small, local scale.
Q14): How many books do you have planned for THE IRON SEAS series?
Meljean: Right now, I have contracts for five – so after Heart of Steel, there will be at least three more. Whether more come after that will depend on reader reaction and interest.
Q15): What can we look forward to as the series progresses beyond “Heart of Steel”?
Meljean: I intend to move around the world. It would be silly for me to create this huge alternate history that encompasses every continent and then not visit those spots. So I want to explore this world and tell stories from each part of it.
Q16): With Fantasy being such a popular genre these days, what fascinates you most about it?
Meljean: Fantasy? I think that I like fantasy mostly because it reveals the vast richness of the human imagination. But I think that’s the reason I like every genre.
Q17): Did you set out on your own into the Steampunk genre, or was it something that the Publisher suggested to you?
Meljean: I’ve wanted to do it for several years, and when the Guardian series began to wind down, my editor asked me if there was another series I’d like to do. So I immediately said, “OMG, steampunk!” and luckily, she liked the idea.
Q18): You’ve written a wide array of character types, and very well we might add. Do you have a personal favorite “Supe Group” as we call them? Why?
Meljean: My heroines. Don’t get me wrong, I love the heroes, but I’m a very heroine-oriented writer (and reader), and so my books are always as much the heroine’s story as it is her romance.
Q19): Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
Meljean: Oh, man. In six years of interviews, I’m hard pressed to think of something that hasn’t been asked. Hmmm… Maybe: Peanut butter and jelly, or peanut butter and banana?
I’m a peanut butter and banana girl.
Q20): Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
Meljean: Just that I appreciate you all so much! I write the sort of books that I love to read, and it really blows me away that anyone else enjoys reading them to – I’m so grateful for that!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Meljean, thank you so much for being with us today! We’re very happy to help you get the word out about “Heart of Steel” and the rest of your work, and we would LOVE to have you back for the release of Michael’s book in 2012 if you’re interested!! J
If you'd like to learn more about Meljean or keep up with her latest news, you can check out her Website, or visit her Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads pages.
Meljean is graciously offering up two books from her backlist per site (winners choice of book, one winner per book), to two winners on Book Monster and two winners on LITERAL ADDICTION (over on their site).
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