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Special Feature: Melissa Marr “Thankful” Q&A + Giveaway!

Submitted by on November 17, 2011 – 7:42 am25 Comments

One author who’s work I (Day) am thankful for is Melissa Marr. She never ceases to entertain me with her twisty worlds and crafty way with words. There is a darkness to her stories but also a poetic beauty that is enthralling. The depth of her characters and their relationships with each other is at times heartbreaking, but always satisfying to read. She is one of the authors that I grow more impressed with each new story and has my utmost respect for her consistency and the gracious and professional manner that she interacts with her fans.

Although I am full of thanks to this author for sharing her talent and stories with the world, I am also quite thankful to Melissa Marr for participating in our Special Feature this month and answering a few questions about Thanksgiving, nostalgia and more…

Author Melissa Marr

Dolls: What are you most Thankful for professionally and/or personally?
Marr: My family. Without them, nothing else would matter.

Dolls: Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where families seem to make their own traditions. Do you have any traditions that you feel are unique to you?
Marr: We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving with any sort of regularity. Sometimes we do, but just as often we don’t. However, in our 20s, we used to do a “misfits meal” for any of the Marines at my spouse’s unit and assorted other friends who weren’t going home for the holiday.

Dolls: For many Americans, Thanksgiving is favorite holiday because of the food! Do you have a favorite dish that you look forward to enjoying every Thanksgiving?
Marr: Nope. Not me, I eat whatever folks prepare. If I’m cooking, I like to make a sweet potato apple dish that my daughter & I really like.

Dolls: Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving memory?
Marr: 1998. My grandmother met my 6 week old son for one of the only 2 times in her life. A few weeks later, Gramma was in the hospital. That Thanksgiving, though, was the last visit before we knew she was ill.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate, many thanks to you and yours!

Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing. Wicked Lovely, the first novel, was simultaneously released in the US and UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in seven countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller. Critical responses both here and abroad have been positive. Ink Exchange, the second novel, released in late April 2008 in North America. Currently, Melissa lives in the DC area, writes full time, and still believes in faeries and ghosts.

As a special thank you to all of you wonderful readers Melissa has given us a copy of her upcoming short story anthology titled Faery Tales and Nightmares!

Day is a dreamer who has never met a stranger. She is fearless and will talk to anyone and read anything! She taught music and dance and was a singer/actress for years, performing on stages both nationally and overseas. Now married with children, she spends less time singing on stage and more time writing songs at home. But, family life has not completely slowed this chick down. She still loves an adventure and learning new things. She resides in Texas with her family, Great Dane (Sophie), Labradoodles (George & Cosmo) and Chihuahua (Juan Carlos).
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  • Nicola says:

    I adore the Wicked Lovely series! What got me even more interested in Melissa’s books were the playlists she had for each book on her website – great idea:) The songs that inspired particular characters and so forth – that helped me imagine Seth, Keenan, Ainslin and the different faerie courts in a particular way. The contrasting courts of Summer, Winter, etc are spellbinding:)

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  • Viki S. says:

    What a great interview. Thank you so much. I love the Wickedly Lovely series and would love to win this :).
    Thanks again.


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  • Amy @ bookgoonie says:

    Marr’s books got me to actively seek fairy books to read. Thanks for a beautiful world.

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  • Taylor says:

    I absolutely adore the Wicked Lovely series, it will forever be a favorite of mine! I also loved Graveminder and pretty much anything else by Melissa Marr lol. This was a great little Q&A, thanks for sharing it and for hosting the giveaway! :)


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  • Karen says:

    I really want to read this one.
    And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!

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  • Chris Bails says:

    Melissa is a new author for me and always looking for new books and authors to check out. This book looks great and would love to win and read. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

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  • says:

    I loved this interview. I thinks it’s awesome that they shared Thanksgiving w/the other Marines. Thanks!

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  • Claudai says:

    I love the Wicked Lovely series!!! Love love loved them!! I cant wait to read this book, specially the new short stories about the WL characters.

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  • Debi Murray says:

    Melissa has long been one of my favorite authors as well as an awesome person with which to converse. Talented, refreshing, and kind, she brings much to the writing “table”. She never disappoints!

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  • Maria says:

    Misfit meals are a great idea. What a lovely interview!

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  • says:

    I LOVE the Wicked Lovely series. There’s the faeries and the beautiful writing, of course, but also the fact that Melissa Marr weaves so many threads together. It’s not just Aislinn’s story – it belongs to Seth and Leslie and Keenan and Ani and Donia as well. It’s one of my absolute favorite series!

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  • Jenny says:

    Can’t wait for this book. Wicked Lovely series has been so much fun!

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  • cody smith-candelaria says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!! You guys always do the nicest things! The interview is great!

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  • Melora Brock says:

    I think it’s great that your family often has soldiers over for Thanksgiving, that is really kind of you.

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  • Valerie says:

    She is so amazing. :) I always like seeing what she has to say on Twitter… she just seems like a really cool, laid-back individual. Loved Wicked Lovely and loved Graveminder even more, so I’m looking forward to reading this! Also, I want to try that sweet potato/apple dish…

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  • Julie Witt says:

    Hi Melissa! I have loved every book of yours that I have read so far and I can’t wait to read this one! And your sweet potato apple dish sounds delicious:)

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  • Kelly W says:

    What is your favorite food indulgence Melissa? I’m really intrigued by this book. I really want to read it. What’s something us readers don’t really know about you?


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  • Vivien says:

    I’ve absolutely loved the worlds that Melissa Marr has created. They’re all so utterly fascinating. I can’t wait for this book :) Excellent interview.

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  • thegirlonfire27 says:

    Really cool interview. I’m not a big sweet potato fan but I do love Thanksgiving!

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  • Emily L says:

    I loved the Wicked Lovely series. The sweet potato apple dish is making me hungry…:)

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  • Stephanie says:

    I love Melissa Marr’s books, and I am glad that she took the time to tell us her Thanksgiving memories and traditions.

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  • Brandy Swain says:

    Hi, I’ve never read any of Melissa Marr’s books, but it sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  • garrymoore says:

    hi to all paperbackdolls.comers this is my first post and thought i would say a big hello to yous –
    speak soon

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