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Friday, June 22, 2012

AAD Author Spotlight: Melanie Card!

Although I won't be able to attend AAD this year, I do want to continue spotlighting some of the awesome authors that will be attending!  I am woefully behind on these spotlights but hope to get caught up soon, and in the meantime, here's the skinny on today's featured author, Melanie Card!  She's tackling the Five Question Quiz:

1. Introduce yourself, Twitter style! Describe yourself or your books in 140 characters or less.

My novels are YA fantasies with dark magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance.
2. Tell us a little bit about your latest release, or your upcoming projects if you'd prefer.

My latest release is WARD AGAINST DEATH is the first book in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series. It’s about a reluctant necromancer who’s tricked into helping an undead assassin solve her murder.

Here’s the official blurb:

Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…
3. What books (your own or others) do you recommend most often? 

I’m not sure if it’s a debut author thing or not but I love to recommend my book. If YA historical fantasy is your thing I want to share Ward’s story with you. Other books I recommend a lot (both historical fantasy) are Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey (for the amazing conflict – this book also has themes often found in YA) and  The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay (for his amazing prose and detailed worldbuilding… oh and that last battle at the end.)
4. What part of Authors After Dark 2012 are you looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and making new friends!

 5. If you've been to AAD before, do you have any advice for first time attendees?

This is my first time attending AAD and my first time attending a reader-focused conference. I look forward to reading the other AAD Feature Author interviews here for their great advice for first time attendees.

About Melanie Card:

Melanie has always been drawn to storytelling and can't remember a time when she wasn’t creating a story in her head. Her early stories were adventures with fairies and dragons and sword swinging princesses.

Today she continues to spin tales of magic in lands near and far, while her cat sits on the edge of her desk and supervises. When she’s not writing, you can find her pretending to be other people with her local community theatre groups.

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