"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Mind Over Matter
Marjorie M. Liu
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has worked and traveled throughout Asia. When not writing, she enjoys reading comic books, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears.
PNR: Have you always wanted to be a writer, what led you to pursue writing as a career?
Marjorie L.: I have always wanted to be a writer probably because I was so in love with reading but it was not until my last year of law school that I finally began to tell myself that it was now or never, that if I did not "make it" as a writer (and soon), it would be a long time coming.
And I'm very impatient. :-) So after I was sworn into the Wisconsin bar I took some time off and did nothing but write. The result was Tiger Eye.
PNR: Could you tell us about your writing routine, how do you balance writing and personal time?
Marjorie L.: I'm not very good at balancing writing and personal time. It's a discipline I have to learn, and one that is related to organization (something I used to be better at when I was still in school). I can't complain, though. I love my life and feel very blessed to be writing as a profession.
PNR: What is the best part about being a writer? The most frustrating?
Marjorie L.: Everything is good! I have nothing to complain about, although sometimes I get frustrated at myself for not writing quickly enough. I have so many ideas spinning through my head and not enough time to get them all down.
PNR: Who is your favorite author(s)? Who has most influenced your work?
Marjorie L.: I love Joseph Campbell, Gene Stratton Porter, Kelly Link, Sara Donati, Borges, Pablo Neruda, Yeats, Charles DeLint, and many others. It's difficult to say who has influenced me the most, though. I'm a firm believer in the power of reading, and I feel that every time I pick up a book, those are words that will stay in my head -- and words in the head, the style that creates them, eventually become words on the page.
PNR: Reviewers are raving about your debut work, Tiger Eye, how does it feel to have such positive recognition with your first novel?
Marjorie L.: Totally surreal, but absolutely wonderful. I never expected the response, and am very humbled by it.
PNR: Hari and Dela, the hero and heroine, have captured the hearts of readers, could you tell us about their development?
Marjorie L.: They just sort of...spilled out onto the page. I knew what their histories were, and I suppose I tried to imagine what kind of person would emerge from the particular backgrounds both of them came from.
How would slavery affect and shape Hari? How would psychic powers affect the way Dela looks at the world? Those are the kinds of questions I asked, and the result felt very organic.
PNR: Your story blends a number of paranormal abilities and beings, was this challenging?
Marjorie L.: Surprisingly not. The only challenging part was figuring out how to make these paranormal abilities make sense within a modern context.
PNR: Who is your favorite character(s) to write? The most challenging?
Marjorie L.: Every character is my favorite, even the bad ones! When I write, I am very much in the present, so that the characters I am focused on at any given moment become the most important people to me in the world. The challenging part happens when my characters do not behave in ways I expect them to - and yes, while that might sound strange, it is a regular occurrence. Wild random behavior usually requires me to take my stories in new directions, which is really less of a challenge than it is an adventure.
PNR: Everyone is excited about the Crimson City series; can you tell us a little about it, maybe some inside information?
Marjorie L.: The Crimson City series was developed by Liz Maverick, and it is a fantastic wild world where vampires, werewolves, humans, demons, and cyborgs coexist in uneasy peace. I feel very lucky to have been invited on as one of the authors, and even more fortunate that my imagination was allowed to run wild within that particular universe.
My book, A Taste of Crimson, is the second in the series, and it focuses on a proposed alliance between vampires and werewolves -- an alliance that is jeopardized by the slaying of vampires by an apparent werewolf. Two outcasts, a vampire assassin and the granddaughter of the werewolf alpha, must solve the crimes -- and battle the prejudice of their respective peoples as they fall in love.
The rest of the series will be written by Patti O'Shea, Carolyn Jewel, and Jade Lee, with Liz rounding out the end, and I can promise you all an unforgettable ride. The books will only get deeper and richer from here on out.
PNR: Could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?
Marjorie L.: The X-Men! I have written an X-Men novel in conjunction with Marvel Comic's new prose line with Pocket Star. It is called 'Dark Mirror' and features characters such as Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit, and others. X-Men: Dark Mirror will be released in January. That following month, in February, the sequel to Tiger Eye will be released. Titled 'Shadow Touch,' it follows the adventures of Artur Loginov, psychometrist and former member of the Russian mafia. In the summer of 2006 I have two more releases planned, both of them part of my Dirk & Steele series. I'm a busy little bee!
PNR: Thanks Marjorie, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what's new and how can they contact you?
Marjorie L.: Thank you so much for speaking with me! If readers are curious they can go to my website at www.marjoriemliu.com, which I try to update on a regular basis. Big news always goes straight to my newsletter, which they can also sign up for, either by emailing me or going directly to the link on the front page of my site. Aroooo!
A TASTE OF CRIMSON - Los Angeles is no longer the City of Angels; dark things haunt its streets - dark, restless things. Bodies have been found, and the tentative peace between humans, vampires and werewolves teeters on the brink of collapse. Keeli Maddox needs to know why. If she and her kin are to survive, she must trust a man as different from her as night from day, as tooth from claw. He's a slayer, a betrayer, an enemy. But nobility lurks in dark places, and Keeli herself is no stranger to shadow. As sure as the moon will rise, Michael was meant for her. Life is about to change. Only three things will remain: the color of blood, the hot joy of skin on skin, and the danger in...A TASTE OF CRIMSON.
TIGER EYE - When a young psychic acquires a riddle box in present-day Beijing, she learns she can free the shapeshifter imprisoned inside, and that he is the beginning of an adventure--and a love--of a lifetime.
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