27 February 2011

AOTW- Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead

About the Author:
Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.
A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Frequently Asked Questions:
How did you get started writing?
I've wanted to write for my entire life. When I was little, I used to design my own picture books. As I got older, I began trying to write short stories. During high school and college, I fell away from writing and ended up getting degrees in other things and becoming a middle school English teacher. Not long after that, I started writing a sci-fi book as a hobby. Nothing ever came of it, but it trained me up to write Succubus Blues. I sold it relatively quickly, and from there, I began writing my other series.

I want to be a writer. Can you give me writing advice or tell me how to get published?
Getting published is a complex process that would take pages to explain. Fortunately, author Holly Lisle has created pages to explain it! Check out her site here for a comprehensive FAQ. Author Tamora Pierce also has a really excellent website on how to get an agent and get published, with specific information for young writers.

Where do you get your ideas from? Are your characters or books based on real life?
None of my characters or situations are based on anything in real life--it all comes from my head! That being said, the things in my head are fueled by the world around me. I do a lot of mythological research, and often that triggers an idea for a book (like how the Romanian myth of Strigoi and Moroi inspired Vampire Academy). Sometimes tiny little things I observe in the world will spark an idea too. Writing and story creating is so complex that there's no one good answer to say where a book comes from.
FQA from Richelle Meads Website.

Books by Rechelle
Vampire Academey Series
#1: Vampire Academy
#2: Frostbite
#3: Shadow Kiss
#4: Blood Promis
#5: Spirit Bound
#6: Last Sacrifice

Vampire Academy books are available in multiple editions at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com
Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel-- Also at Amazon.com

Georgina Kincaid Series

#1: Succubus Blues
#2: Succubus on Top
#3: Succubus Dreams
#4: Succubus Heat
#5: Succubus Shadows

Georgina Kincaid books are available in multiple editions at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com
 
Dark Swan Series
#1: Storm Born
#2: Thorn Queen
#3: Iron Crowned

Dark Swan books are available in multiple editions at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com

Anthologies
Kisses From Hell
Immortal: Love Stories With Bite
Eternal Lover
Dreams and Desires

Anthologies by Richelle Mead are also available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com

Coming Soon
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, #6)-- Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by Kensington
Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)-- Expected publication: August 23rd 2011 by Razorbill


Awards and Recognitions
# Nominee - 2007 Reviewers' Choice Awards - Best Urban Fantasy Novel - Succubus Blues
# Nominee - 2008 Reviewers' Choice Awards - Best Urban Fantasy Novel - Storm Born
# Honorable Mention - 2009 P.E.A.R.L. Awards - Best Romantic Fantasy - Thorn Queen
# Finalist - 2009 Children's Choice Book Awards - Teen Choice Book of the Year - Blood Promise
# American Library Association: 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers - Vampire Academy
# American Library Association: 2009 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers - Frostbite
# Winner - 2010 Teen Read Awards - Best Teen Series - Vampire Academy series
# Nominee - 2010 Teen Read Awards - Best Hottie - Vampire Academy series
# Winner - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Goodreads Author - Richelle Mead
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Favorite Book of 2010 - Spirit Bound (novel)
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Young Adult Fantasy - Last Sacrifice (novel)
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Favorite Heroine - Rose Hathaway
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Favorite Hero - Dimitri Belikov
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Paranormal Fantasy - Succubus Shadows
# Nominee - 2011 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Book - Vampire Academy series

--From Wikapidia

Signings and Appearances
2011
April 2 -- Dreamin' in Dallas Conference - Richardson, TX
Keynote speaker and panelist - schedule TBA
April 6-10 -- RT Booklovers Convention - Los Angeles, CA
Urban Fantasy and YA panelist - schedule TBA
I'll also be signing at the book fair on April 9, which is open to the public ($5 admission fee)

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