Today, on the blog, I'm sharing an interview with the lovely Mary J. Davidson. In this interview she not only shares her latest release Undead and Underwater just released yesterday, but she also shares what paranormal creature she would be if she were a paranormal, and it's surprising!
Undead and Underwater
By MaryJanice Davidson
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2013 by Berkley
Betsy Taylor and the Wyndham werewolves are back in three all-new outrageous novellas from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.
MaryJanice Davidson “continues to put her own unique spin on paranormal romance” (Fallen Angel Reviews) in these hilarious and sexy new novellas featuring Undead Queen Betsy Taylor as she meets Fred the mermaid, an all-new female superhero, and Lara Wyndham, the daughter of the Pack leader of the Wyndham werewolves.
MaryJanice Davidson—On Paranormals
You’ve written about a variety of paranormal creatures, including vampires, werewolves, and mermaids, all of whom appear in your latest book, Undead and Underwater. Do you have a favorite supernatural species to write about?
Ah, heck, I love ‘em all. I really do. I like taking ordinary people and plunging them into absurd crazy dangerous situations, and the paranormal offers an endless variety of ways to screw with my characters. Whether it’s witches or vampires or grouchy mermaids or torqued-off leprechauns, it’s always a good time.
How do your werewolves, vampires, and mermaids line up with or contradict the traditional myths?
I love messing with the traditional myths! I like turning them on their head. Instead of a grim vampire who skulks in dark alleys, Betsy the vampire is a sunny blonde unemployed office assistant with a serious jones for designer shoes, and a serious dislike of the conventional vampire “rules”. My mermaid, Fred, is dour, anti-social, can’t swim, is allergic to shellfish, and hates the feel of seaweed. Nor can she sing like Ariel, and would never make a deal with a sea witch just to land a landlubber. Like that.
Can you describe some of their distinct cultural practices or etiquette?
I cannot, because etiquette would imply they have some. And... they do not. Most of my characters stand out because they buck social conventions. Or they’re just immature and rude. Either way: not so much with the etiquette.
Have you always written in the paranormal genre? What was the first story you ever wrote? (not necessarily the first story you published)
I’ve written in several genres—young adult, non-fiction, fantasy, romantic suspense...like my reading taste, my writing taste is all over the place. I don’t think I could ever write in just one genre. The first story I ever wrote was at age 13, about a teenage girl kidnapped by the government because they wanted to exploit her telekinetic powers. That was my version of your typical girl-meets-boy story. Girl meets government thugs?
Ok, last question: If you were a paranormal, what type would you be?
A sasquatch. A big hairy creature lumbering through the forest, contentedly grazing and occasionally kicking ass. That’s the life for me!
Check out MaryJanice’s next stop on her tour, USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, tomorrow, March 7th!