Title: Ward Against Darkness
Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2
Author: Melanie Card
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 27th 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
The last thing Ward de'Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice. He can't allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire. But the mansion is filled with monsters--human and undead--and Ward has no way of telling who's friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She's still dead and he's still alive . . . for now.
***Interview with Melanie***
1.) How did you come up with the idea for the Chronicles of a Reluctant
Thanks Jessica for inviting me here today. The idea for the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer came from the question: in what situation would a necromancer be a good guy? Often necromancers are the villain and for some reason I really wanted to know what a good necromancer would be like and what kind of situations he’d find himself in. And thus, Ward de’Ath was born, a slightly awkward, boy next door, who comes from a family of necromancers.
2.) Who has inspired you as a writer?
There are so many people who’ve inspired me as writer. All the fantastic books I’ve read. And all the terrible I books I’ve read that have inspired me to write my own stories. My husband is one of the most inspirational people I know. He’s given me an incredible amount of support to follow this strange career.
3.) Do you have a special "writing space"? What is it like?
I don’t really have a special writing space. I tend to shake it up. Right now I’m working in my office, but sometimes I find the kitchen table is a better spot or getting out of the house and going to a coffee shop.
4.) Which character in Ward Against Darkness was your favorite to write?
It’s always a toss up between Ward and Celia. It’s fun to put Ward into difficult situations and watch him find his inner fight to get through them. Celia on the other hand is fun to put into softer situations where she can’t just kill her problem and watch her squirm.
5.) Did you base any of the characters off of anyone you know in real life?
No. I never base any character off anyone I know.
6.) What are three of your all-time favorite books besides your own?
Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
7.) In which ways has your life changed since becoming a published author?
Life hasn’t really changed for me since becoming published. I still sit down everyday and work. I don’t think I’m a particularly exciting person—I leave that for my characters. I write, I drink coffee, I love my husband, and I spoil my cat. Oh, and I’ve discovered that I have a gardening addiction. Being published hasn’t really changed any of that.
8.) What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep.
9.) What is your favorite paranormal creature?
I don’t have a favorite. There are so many great paranormal creatures out there and all have really interesting potential—it’s the potential that I love.
Thanks again for inviting me to chat today.
Melanie has always been drawn to storytelling and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t creating a story in her head. Her early stories were adventures with fairies and dragons and sword swinging princesses.
Today she continues to spin tales of magic in lands near and far, while her cat sits on the edge of her desk and supervises. When she’s not writing, you can find her pretending to be other people with her local community theatre groups.
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