Thursday, March 14, 2013

Interview: Undead and Underwater by MaryJanice Davidson

UFI welcomes MaryJanice Davidson Author of The Undead series. Thanks for Joining us!!

Welcome, MaryJanice! Throughout your blog tour, we’ve learned a lot about your new anthology of paranormal novellas, Undead and Underwater. If there was a general message you wanted readers to take away from the anthology, what would it be?

“Wasn’t it fun to take a break from whatever’s bugging you and laugh for a little while?”  That’s all I ever want from a reader:  for them to have a good time. 

We’d love to get to know you a little better. In the intro to “Incomer,” you talk about one of your pet peeves, mothers who yell at their children repetitively on the beach but are too lazy to go after them. Can you talk about some of your other pet peeves?

That all depends on how much time you have.  Hours, or days?  How much of your life-span are you willing to devote to this interview?  I’ll just hit the biggies:  people who say towards and amongst.  How the scientist is always the dumbest person in any horror movie.  People who say “No offense, but...” and then say something wildly offensive.  People who tell me they hate romance novels although they’ve never read one.  Parents who ask, not tell:  “Will you go to bed now?  How about you go to bed now?  I think it’s your bedtime, okay?  Honey?  Okay?”  Argh, argh, a thousand times argh.

Do you have any unusual quirks?  

I definitely don’t think you’ve allotted enough of your life span for this interview.  I won’t even get started on the quirk list.  We’ll be here for days.  Weeks.

What are you working on now?     

I just signed a new contract with Berkley for two books set in an all-new world where reincarnation is the norm.  Ninety percent of the world can access experience from their past lives (Insighters are like super-psychologists who help them do that), but the ten percent who can’t are called life blind and are pitied.  My heroine is an Insighter; my hero is life blind...and refuses to play the role their society has decided is his. 

And it’ll be time to start the next Undead book pretty soon.  Can’t wait!

Finally, what do you think is the biggest issue facing writers today?      

Well, there’s a lot of competition out there.  Fifteen years ago, before Kindles and Amazon’s self-pubbing branch and all the wonderful publishing options never before available, there were fifty thousand books published every month.  How can a writer make their work stand out from the other 49,999?  (I can’t even imagine how many books come out a month now.)  And with Borders folding their tents, there’s less shelf space for everyone.  Internet or not, there are plenty of readers who will only go to a brick-and-mortar bookstore.  There will always be wonderful books; there will always be writers who have wonderful worlds to build and share.  Making your voice heard in all the clamor...that’s the trick, I think.  If the reader can’t find you, you’re done. 

What’s the future going to be like? MaryJanice gives readers her thoughts and wraps up her tour tomorrow, March 15th, at!
New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson has written in a variety of different genres, including contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotica and non-fiction. She lives in Minnesota with her family.

Find MaryJanice and her books

Undead and Underwater

The author of the hit Undead series featuring fan-favorite Queen Betsy, MaryJanice Davidson is a regular on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her riotous, quirky wit shines through again in UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER, an anthology of three original paranormal novellas, including a Betsy Taylor/Fred the Mermaid crossover, a brand new character with unusual superpowers, and an original Wyndham werewolves novella. Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake novels will rave about this sexy, laugh-out-loud compilation and its all-star cast of heroines.