RT BOOK REVIEWS catches up with Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is going on vacation. Well, kind of. With the release of the fourth in her Wicked Lovely series, Radiant Shadows (an RT Top Pick!), just last week, fans have seen the last new title from the NYT bestselling author until 2011. To help tide us over until next year, we caught up with Marr at the RT Convention to get the scoop on all the great projects she's got brewing.

First up is the film version of Wicked Lovely (cue fangirl squeeing). Though we all know that when a book gets optioned for film that movie doesn't always materialize, the WL adaptation from Universal is making serious headway. In fact, Marr was just in LA last week reading the screenplay, written by Caroline Thompson, she of Edward Scissorhands, City of Ember and The Nightmare Before Christmas. "I love it! It's phenomenal," says Marr, who went over the script line by line with the LA team. As to casting, that's still up in the air, but Marr is happy to play imaginary director. For Aislinn, Marr sees a combination of Emily Browning, Michelle Trachtenberg and Ellen Page. For Keenan? Marr envisions Chase Crawford. Know who's impossible to cast? Seth! He's so dreamy on the page, can his doppleganger possibly exist in real life?

On the book front, the fifth title in the Wicked Lovely series, Darkest Mercy, is written! But we won't be able to get our hands on it until spring or summer of 2011. "It's the conclusion to all four books, to the whole series," says Marr, though she won't give away any hints as to who the book stars, other than to say, "there's a variety of POVs."

Speaking of multiple POVs, Marr's got a staggering nearly fifteen point of views in her adult novel, Graveminder, which will be hitting shelves in the summer or fall of 2011. What's it about? "A mortician, a girl with commitment issues, a dead girl, and a town where sometimes the dead don't stay dead." It's got a totally different feel from the Wicked Lovely series, which the author characterizes as "more lyrical and poetic." Initial reviews from publishers, crit partners -- including Marr's 16-year-old daughter, her "toughest critic" -- are total raves. Is she nervous about trying something  new? You bet. But Marr says, "My muse is my guide and nothing else." Sounds good to us. We can't wait.

-Elissa Petruzzi, RT BOOK REVIEWS Senior Editor