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Marjorie M. Liu

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

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New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M.
Liu is enjoying a busy summer. This month she launches her new Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series with The Iron Hunt (Ace), featuring tattooed demon hunter Maxine Kiss, whose body art serves as her armor. At night, however, it unfurls from her flesh and comes to life. In August the eighth book in her Dirk and Steele series, The Wild Road (Leisure), hits stores and, also in July, she's part of the Hotter
Than Hell (Eos) paranormal erotica anthology, which includes contributions from top authors Kim Harrison, Tanya Huff, L.A. Banks and others.

Favorite books? On rainy days, when my brain and heart want to feel warm, I can always count on The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King or Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati. Sherlock Holmes versus Last of the Mohicans. Both novels are superb. I also love Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet and his Book of Hours -- exquisite, inspiring --
as well as the children's book The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant. That story always makes me cry.

Favorite authors? Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Rainer Maria Rilke, Joseph Campbell as well as Gene Stratton Porter, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley.
In romance, Lynn Kurland, Suzanne Brockmann and more.

Currently reading? Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich. After that I'll be reading Lynn Kurland's With Every Breath.

Pets? I live in a zoo: five cats, three dogs -- one of whom is a poodle with a severe and adorable case of obsessive compulsive disorder. Not to mention there's a forest outside full of frisky deer, wild turkeys, singing coyotes, harmonizing frogs and whatever else you can think of. Probably the occasional alien landing from outer space.

Hobbies? Knitting needles and cashmere yarn are my favorite tools of procrastination. That, and collecting knives, old books and works of art.

Biggest extravagance? To be honest, working full time as a writer sometimes feels like an extravagance. No commute, no 9 to 5? Working in my pajamas? It's like Christmas every day. I'm spoiled rotten.

What I dream about? Possibilities.

I never leave the house without? Clothes do quite nicely. And pocket knives.

Best childhood memory? I have too many wonderful memories. I had a great childhood. Until I participated in the high school outdoor program, and then it was mud and storms, violent seas and startled naked men in the forest. Whole other story. Actually, an entire book, now that I think about it. I guess I'll have to write about that.

-- Compiled by Diane Snyder

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