For my weekly column Scooped!, I scour the Internet, contact authors and pick my fellow RT editors' brains to make sure no reader question goes unanswered. This week, I reveal my favorite upcoming release, ask Sunny about her next book, discuss a YA vampire series and list a few of the authors that are attending the RT Convention in April. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
Question: What’s the last book that you read that totally knocked your socks off? – Just Curious
Morgan: That one is easy. Last week I stayed up way too late reading Maya Banks’ No Place To Run. It is the second novel in her new romantic suspense series. After I finished the KGI story, I sent this email to my fellow RT editors (it was timestamped 3:30 am — I was that excited.):
I just finished No Place to Run by Banks and IT WAS AWESOME - seriously, a handsome baby daddy protecting the woman who once kinda betrayed him. I'll bring a copy into the office so everyone can read!
Question: Sunny writes the absolute sexiest books out there and I just love when she has a new book out (I have read and re-read ALL of her books). But I can't help but notice that it takes her a really long time to finish her stories. What is up with that? – Katie B.
Morgan: Katie, you are definitely not alone in your love for Sunny. The first time I tried to meet the author I was unsuccessful because the line of people waiting for her autograph was so long. So I'm assuming that Sunny has heard the request for more books before. But I passed your message along to the author, just in case, and this is what she said about when we can expect her next work (and why the long wait between books):
Please offer Katie B. my sincere apologies. The truth is that each successive book got harder and longer to write using the same characters, with a few new ones introduced every now and then. The good news is that the new book being released in April, Mona Lisa Eclipsing, takes a new twist with the Monères coming out of the closet and announcing their presence to the world, which has got me all jazzed up with new ideas now :) Will make a serious effort to write my stories faster.
Question: I just saw your Rachel Caine video interview where she talks about her young adult series with vampires. What makes this different from the other vampire stories out there? - Jenni D.
Morgan: Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires are different from the rest of the YA vamp series primarily because of the heroine Claire Danvers. She is a bonafide genius, which comes with a sense of maturity that you don't see in other fictional teens who are facing off against (or sneaking off with) vampires. Claire's intelligence helps rid her of any illusions about the Morganville vampires, who are not, in the author's own words, “cool or dateworthy.” They are very dangerous and even the vampires that are considered friendly can turn bad at any moment. So in addition to Claire's clarity, there is a very real danger and thus a serious suspense factor in the Morganville books.
Question: What is the difference between romance and women’s fiction - I thought they were the same thing? - Amanda
Morgan: Good question. The differences between sub-genres in the publishing world can be subtle. At RT, we consider contemporary romances to be any story set after World War II that has the main focus of developing a romantic relationship. Mainstream fiction, sometimes called women’s fiction, has the focus of discovery - usually a female character getting in touch with her true self. You can think about it like this - if you are interested in watching Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman you probably love romance, but if you liked the actress better in Erin Brockovich you might be a women's fiction gal.
Question: I just signed up for the RT convention and I was wondering if you could tell me a few of the authors that I will see. - B.J.
Morgan: At the RT Booklovers Convention there will be big names from just about every book genre in attendance. Here is a list of just some of the authors who have already RSVPed and the list is growing daily!
Historical romance fans will enjoy mingling with authors such as Shana Abe, Renee Bernard and Tessa Dare. Contemporary romance authors Brenda Jackson, Jill Shalvis, Barbara Freethy and Christie Ridgeway will be speaking on panels. Paranormal authors will also be out and about — fans will have a chance to meet Jacquelyn Frank, Jeaniene Frost and Richelle Mead. And to thrill and chill our mystery readers, authors Allison Brennan, Carole Nelson Douglas and Rosemary Harris will all be in attendance. Additionally, erotica readers will have a chance to meet many of their favorite authors including Sharon Page, Lauren Dane and her pal Megan Hart.
Authors from niche genres are also coming including steampunk maven Gail Carriger and romantic suspense author Gennita Low. Readers will also get to meet some cross-genre authors like Catherine Coulter and Cherry Adair. And we are thrilled that some of our favorite male authors will also be at the convention including Dean Koontz, J.A. Konrath, Rick Mofina and Barry Eisler just to name a few. Finally, if e-books are more your style, well don't think that you're favorite authors are getting left out of the mix. Mari Carr, Nathalie Gray and Meg Benjamin are coming as well.
Top that all off with a whole lot of young adult authors (like Melissa Marr), soap opera stars and comic book writers and we’ve got ourselves a party!
That's all for this week. Remember, if you have a question about anything that's going on with your favorite authors and books, send me an email at MorgansScoop@gmail.com and I promise to give you the inside scoop on the publishing world!