Vampires who crave the latest in fashion more than they do blood? Dragons suffering from teen angst? NYT bestselling author Mary Janice Davidson has made a career out of taking the most feared creatures of mythology and the underworld, and putting them smack in the middle of a hilarious yarn that has the reader laughing out loud.
Her fearless writing style has landed her a devoted readership and a slew of imitators, and yet she remains inarguably at the top of the paranormal romance heap she pioneered. We were thrilled when Mary Janice agreed to this interview, and had a tough time keeping our Diet Cokes from exploding through our noses when reading it.
Q: You’re credited with inventing the chick-lit paranormal romance. Is it weird for you to see other books with the same snarky tone and wacky sensibilities that you pioneered?
MJD: Extremely. Extreeeeeeeeeemly. I mean, 5-6 years ago, I couldn’t get arrested with this stuff! Now every time I turn around there’s a new book about a young, snarky, fashion-obsessed vampire who Just Wants To Be Left Alone. And/or I’m being asked to give a cover quote on same. Very weird. Paranormal had been considered dead for so long (or so all the publishers and agents told me) that it seems weird that they’re all over the shelves these days.
Q: The protagonists in your books have been vampires, cyborgs, werewolves, dragons, and now with your new release SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES, mermaids. What draws you to the strange and fantastical?
MJD: My teeny, tiny brain. [Read more…]