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Melissa Marr

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Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, the Graveminder for adults, and her debut picturebook Bunny Roo, I Love You.

Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages and been bestsellers internationally as well as domestically (NY Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal).Accolades include starred reviews on numerous books, YALSA Popular Paperbacks, IRA Notable Book Pick, Book Sense Pick (YA and adult), Good Morning America Summer Pick for Teens, Scottish Book Trust, Red Maple finalist (in both Ontario and Manitoba), and Goodreads Good Choice Award (Horror), RWA RITA award (YA).

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Melissa Marr I grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, vampires, and demons. There was a bean-sidhe in the woods by the old well. I was excused from missing curfew o…moreI grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, vampires, and demons. There was a bean-sidhe in the woods by the old well. I was excused from missing curfew once bc of a vampire. The old music box sometimes played when my grandfather's spirit was near. Writing, for me, came from the way I was raised.

That also often means that the myth comes first. It's not a case of choosing, as much as it is about a story that resonates. I have more of those that are myth than not. There are exceptions, of course. MADE FOR YOU, my upcoming YA, however, is not sparked by my lifelong myth exposure but by my own personal experience being stalked. My middle-grade (LOKI'S WOLVES and ODIN'S RAVENS) with Kelley Armstrong comes from having a 12-yr old son who lamented the lack of Norse books (& didn't want to read the WL series).

I'll end up back with faeries periodically because they are closest to my heart and the stories I grew up with, but there are other things that lure me away too.

(Great question, btw! Thanks.) (less)
Melissa Marr I suppose it depends on what you mean by similar :) Will there be other fantasy novels? Yes. Faery novels? Yes. Young adult novels? Yes. Hmmm. . . may…moreI suppose it depends on what you mean by similar :) Will there be other fantasy novels? Yes. Faery novels? Yes. Young adult novels? Yes. Hmmm. . . maybe it doesn't depend after all. So, yes, there will be similar books.

However, at this time, I have no plans for more WL books. My 21yr old daughter re-wrote the ending of the series, so I ponder working on that book with her and finishing it. I'm not a big planner though. I work on what strikes me when it does so, rather than have some vast plan & schedule for my writing. I just sort of wing it. For example, Wicked Lovely was initially a short story, then it was a book, then it was series, & soon it'll be a film (or so the producers tell me). NONE of it was planned. (less)
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Read the WL prequel (etc) as I write

If any of you are interested in reading the WICKED LOVELY prequel and/or the GRAVEMINDER sequel, I'm posting them chapter by chapter for patrons over at https://www.patreon.com/melissamarr

I'm experimenting this year, so as I revise and/or finish drafting these (and other things) I'm sharing them online for subscribers.

Years ago I asked Harper to release a book this way, so now I'm trying this pla Read more of this blog post »
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“Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.”
Melissa Marr, Ink Exchange

“And he smiled at her, truely smiled- wicked and lovely...”
Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely

“She stood in his kitchen, watching him toy with the ring in his lip. It wasn't quite that he was biting it, but sucking it into his mouth. He did that when he was concentrating. It isn't sexy. He's not sexy. But he was, and she was staring at him like a fool. "wow" she whispered (.....)"Wow, huh?" His voice was low, husky. His chair creaked as he stood. His footsteps seemed strangely loud as he closed the couple yards between them. Then he was beside her. "I can work with wow”
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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
  1940 votes 37.6%

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
  872 votes 16.9%

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  588 votes 11.4%

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)
  503 votes 9.7%

Hunted (House of Night, #5)
  284 votes 5.5%

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
  240 votes 4.7%

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
  215 votes 4.2%

Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
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Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven, #4)
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message 47: by Rusty

Rusty Nugent Hello There,

I just wanted to let you know that my horror/dark fantasy book, Moonwarriors is a giveaway book on goodreads and here's a link so you can add yourself to win it. It's out of print and this book is NEW. So, it is worth $120.


Good Luck . . .

Kariny THANK YOU for accepting my friend request!!! i absolutely adored your wicked lovely series!!!

Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring) Thank you so much for accepting! I'm on Fragile Eternity and really look forward to reading it.

message 44: by Miriam

Miriam Hey Melissa! I absolutely adored your Wicked Lovely series and I'm sincerely looking forward to book chat with you :D

Princess Allie Loved seeing you at TLA! Hope to see you next year. Can't wait for your bunny book. My first son is reading Chu's Day.

message 42: by Lisa

Lisa Thanks so much for accepting my friend request! Loved your Wicked Lovely series and I look forward to reading more of your books. :)

message 41: by Susan

Susan I just finished reading Carnival of Souls. It was one of the best YA fantasy novels I have read in a while - both intriguing and intelligent. My only complaint is that it ended too soon. More please! ; )

message 40: by Rusty

Rusty Nugent Thank you for being my friend. I would be honored if you can write a book review for my books. You can read 10 free pages of my first dark fantasy book on amazon. Heroic werewolves vs evil vampires and other evil creatures. Here is the link please share it with your friends : http://www.amazon.com/dp/1413726593/r...

Enjoy! Please tell me what you think about my writing skill by posting a message on my profile, Amazon, or Barnes and noble. Thank you so very much

message 39: by Sabrina

Sabrina Thank you Ms. Marr for accepting my friend request. I love your work and I am currently reading Carnival Souls! I look forward to your future writing.

message 38: by Trisha

Trisha Thanks Melissa! Nice to be able to see some of your favorites now. My "To Read" list is going to be growing. :)

message 37: by Lady

Lady Light Ms. Marr your books were amazing and currently trying to read your new book Carnival Souls which looks cool!!! :)

Ms. MiLo Thanks for the add Mellisa, looking forward to reading your books :)

message 35: by Susan

Susan Melissa, I like your work most when it's leaning towards the dark side, like Ink Exchange and Radiant Shadows. I recently read Transition in FT&N and it left me wanting more. It had such potential! Write another dark novel, please! : )

message 34: by Eric

Eric Birk Thank you for becoming my Goodreads friend.

message 33: by Dana

Dana Davis Thanks for the GR friendship, Melissa!

message 32: by ♥Kel

♥Kel thnx for accepting my friendship! i really loved your wicked lovely series :)

message 31: by Eva

Eva thank you for accepting my friend request and your books are awesome!

message 30: by Van

Van Thanks for accepting my add, Melissa. It's nice to see an author that actually speaks with their fans and whatnot. :)
Can't wait to read more of your books! I'm excited to see if I get chosen for your signed copies in the giveaway! :D

message 29: by Lily

Lily Thank you for adding my friendship. I think you & your books are awesome. I would like to talk with you about books anytime.

message 28: by Laura

Laura Hill just finished devouring the preview of "faery tales and nightmares". Love Love Love. Cant wait for the Rest!!!

message 27: by Tyra

Tyra Lynn Thank you so much for adding me as a friend!

♥Rachel♥ Thanks for adding me as a friend. I loved the Wicked Lovely series. I finished Graveminder last week. Absolutely loved it! Very original. I hope you add an event to Southern California. I'm in the Los Angeles area & would love to go to a signing.

cristina elena Hi Melissa, thank you for accepting my friendship, i love Wicked Lovely. Wish you all the best ! Chris

message 24: by Robin

Robin Thanks Melissa for accepting my request.I'm loving the Wicked Lovely series.Once I started reading it seems like I couldn't stop,devouring each one like an obsession.Thanks for writing such awesome books.

message 23: by Cheryl

Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friend request, Melissa. Love your Wicked Lovely series!

message 22: by Janus

Janus the Erudite Artist Thank you for accepting, Melissa!
Even though you've heard this from a million people already, I just have to say that I truly fell in love with the Wicked Lovely series and it breaks my heart to see it end. Thank you for the wonderful experience I've had with reading them... More power to you! ^_^

message 21: by Becca

Becca Thx so much for the add :) Love ur bks!!!

message 20: by Colleen

Colleen Hello Melissa. I just love your books however the fairly large city I live in(Houston, TX) doesn't seem to have some of them in it's system. This is rather distressing.

Dragonwolf Feller Hiya! Thanks for adding me. Love your books, but still trying to get caught up on all the others I have to read, lol. Have a good night :)

Isobel *The Goddess of Annoyance* I am a HUGE (!) fan! Radiant Shadows is one of the best ones so far!

Elizabeth M. It was a pleasure meeting you today. I had a lot of fun, and thanks for answering my questions.

message 16: by Cayenne

Cayenne Loved, loved, loved Radiant Shadows. Thanks for making my weekend!

love can't exist without hate* ok so i guess u have heard your books are amazing.so i wont talk about them.ill just act casual and vaguely normal and say
"hi, im bree.""

message 14: by Miranda

Miranda i love your books!
can't wait until Radiant Shadows comes out in April!

have a nice day!

message 13: by Apurva

Apurva I love your books!!! They are very compelling! :D

message 12: by Kat

Kat Holmes Happy New Year's.:-)

message 11: by M.

M. Monarch Hi Melissa! Thanks for adding me back! I know you probably don't remember this but I met you in Bethesda Barnes and Noble back in may. Love having my signed copies. You rock!

message 10: by Carmen

Carmen Thanks for adding me! I loved Wicked Lovely. I'm a little behind in my reading but I'm definitely looking forward to catching up in the series. :)

Sandra Thank you for adding me. I thought that there was only 3 books in the Wicked Lovely series, imagine my suprise when I found out there was more on the way. Woohoo! Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season. Looking forward to reading the complete series. Alohaz, Sandy

Terra Timmons Good morning Melissa, saw that you were on and thought I'd say hello. I can't wait for the next two books of Wicked Lovely to come out!!!!

Kimmie Melissa! You're amazing! Wicked Lovely is dark, mysterious, and romantic. :D

Just the kind of book I love...now I'm reading Ink Exchange. I can't wait to read Fragile Eternity!

Stefanie Hi Melissa! Thanks for adding me. I just finished reading Fragile Eternity and it was Awesome! I can't wait for your next book.

message 5: by Karen

Karen Hi, Melissa! Thanks for the add! You're my favorite author! I just finished Fragile Eternity and it was GREAT!

Bradley Thank you for adding me as a friend. =)


Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson

♥BookGeek♥ Hey Melissa!
I LOVE WL! I can't wait to start Fragile Eternity and can't wait for the release of Skin Starved! :)


Terra Timmons Hi Melissa, I just got your book, Wicked Lovely, I can not wait to start the series!!!

Brigid ✩ Hey Melissa! Thanks for the add. I <3 Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, can't wait to read Fragile Eternity. Love is Hell is in my pile of library books right now. :) Rock on.

-Brigid ^_^

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