Chelsea Cooper
Chelsea Cooper asked Melissa Marr:

Of all the mythical beings, what made you feel like faeries would be the best creature to tell your story?

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 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.)

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