This week, our Authors After dark feature focuses on Melanie Card.
Name: Melanie Card
Most recently published work.
Ward Against Death, Book 1 in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer released August 2011 and will be re-released June 2012.
Ward Against Darkness, Book 2 in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, releases summer 2012
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
By day I’m a mild mannered writer, but night… I’m still a pretty mild mannered writer. Unless, of course, you asks my characters and then I’m a cruel capricious goddess who takes pleasure in torturing them until they become better people. I’m addicted to community theatre, chocolate, and coffee, and have a weakness for my husband and my cat. This time of year I’m relieved spring has finally returned and I’ve finally stopped wishing I lived closer to the equator.
Describe your writing style using just one sentence.
I write YA fantasy books with dark magic, wild adventure, and sweet romances.
Complete this sentence: I write ______ because…
I write fantasy because the possibilities are endless.
Do you prefer to see your work in electronic, print or both forms? Why?
Both. I think options are important and I like having a variety of formats available.
Tell us about your favorites and why:
For readers who have never read your work before, what book would you suggest they read first? Why?
Ward Against Death, book 1 in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer. All four books equal one long story
Here is a little of what Melanie Card has to offer her readers:
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…
Tell us about your upcoming work.
Ward Against Darkness is about the continuing adventures of Ward and Celia. Where they’ll face more undead creatures and evil necromancers
Why are you attending Authors After Dark 2012? Why should your readers attend?
I’m attending Authors After Dark to meet readers and fellow writers and have a good time. I’m looking forward to the panels and parties and making new friends.
Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t think to ask.
Random detail: I have a five foot long, stuffed crocodile puppet in my living room. It’s from a play my husband and I did together for our local community theatre.
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.