FEVERBORN Launch Q&A


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KMM: This is my favorite part. I love getting to see you guys and pick your brains, hear what you think, and say thank you again for coming. Thank you to the people who keep coming back and it’s been a pleasure getting to meet so many new readers.

So how many people finished Feverborn? Oh come on. Just one?

This is how we’ll do it. I’ll tell you if a spoiler is coming so you can hold your ears. I want to be able to discuss it with the people who want to discuss it. And I don’t want to spoil it for anybody who doesn’t. I’m not a big talker and I want to hear what you guys think. So who’s got a question?

Q: How hard was this book for you to write?

KMM: It wasn’t. I think all of you know that my father died recently…. After the funeral, I was numb for weeks. I had a book to finish, and there was so much grief inside me. Every time I sit down to write, it’s about finding my passion, my sheer unmitigated joy. I thought, how am I going to find that and finish this book in the midst of such sorrow? And I heard my Dad say two things: 1. ‘You saw how strong I was, you’re my daughter, buck up little buckaroo’ and 2. ‘Take all the grief you feel for me, put it in a box, then poke holes in that box and let it only the emotion flood out, none of the sorrow. Use that to write.’ I listened. And I lost myself in Feverborn. It was bliss. It was my place to escape. I hope it’s your place to escape too.

Q: Whenever Dancer talks, sometimes he totally blows my mind with the physics and everything.

KMM: (Laughs) Blows your mind or numbs it?

Q: I was just wondering do you have consultants on that, to kind of get you through that?

KMM: Thank you for the question. I’m such a freakin’ geek. I’m a sci-fi geek and I read Stephen Hawking in my spare time. I love time travel theory and I love quantum physics. So I love delving into that and I actually pulled back really hard so I don’t drive you guys crazy. But thank you. I’m glad it works.

Q: We were wondering about Keltar women, like Colleen. Are they druids, sidhe-seers, or another classification?

KMM: Good question, the answer is yet to be seen. I have a feeling about Collen, but haven’t explored it yet. I don’t rush the muse. I sit back until the muse says, “Okay. Now it’s time for this one.”

Q: All of your titles have followed a similar theme. From Darkfever to Shadowfever. You deviate with Iced and Burned, but then you returned to Feverborn and Feversong. What was the reasoning behind the title changes? Why did you change the original title “Flayed” to “Feverborn?”

KMM: Incomplete thoughts and confusion about how I was going to tell the next story ARC at the time I was pitching it. I was writing the proposal for what I originally thought would be three books, Iced Burned and Flayed during a difficult divorce. I pitched ICED but didn’t outline the next two so didn’t realize until I sat down and started writing ICED, that I couldn’t do it the way I’d originally thought. There was no way to write it that worked unless I changed my method of delivery, particularly (and now that you’ve met Jada, I think my decision to change things is more clear) point of view. The title Flayed was one my publisher was never behind and they said that from the get-go. They were like, “What do you want? A flayed person on the cover? Nobody’s going to buy a book called Flayed. They’ll think it’s a serial killer book.” I was happy to get fever back in the title. But I didn’t want to go back to the way we’d done the first five books in order to differentiate, so we put the ‘fever’ first.

Q: This book is beautiful. The characters, plotting, the prose is so gorgeous. What was the reason why you went into Jada’s perspective in third person point of view versus the first person point of view like Dani?

KMM: I’m not going to let you that close to her yet. I use my narrative tools to distance you when I need to, bring you close when it’s time. Every time I sit down to write a scene—I don’t write by chapter, I write by scene—I ask myself what point of view I should tell it from that is going to get the emotion that I need established for this enormous story arc that I’m trying to unfold. It requires me to remember everything that I’ve written and it also requires me to know exactly where I’m going. My editor, Shauna has the read last chapter in this second story arc. I know exactly where I’m going with this, precisely where it ends, as I originally envisioned it years ago. I sent the final scene to Shauna years ago.

When I am dealing with a personality like Jada there are tools I can use to make you feel what I want you to feel at this time. I created Dani in Iced in intimate first person because I wanted to give you a day in the life of Dani the Mega O’Malley from her unfiltered perspective. Dani is so happy for me to write, I was like her at 14. I was a basket case, a runaway, thrown out of school, hard to handle, no filter. And jampacked with joie de vivre which is what my kid is all about. I love her. She’s effortless for me. What I wanted to do with Iced is make you love her, too. Have her drive you a little crazy, too. I always planned to take her away from you brutally because that’s the feel; that’s the emotion. Count on me to give back what you need. You may not like the way I do it, but I will get there.

Q: The third person point of view sounds a little different in your head as you are writing it. I’m just trying to understand your technique.

KMM: I’m trying to interrupt my own creative process and analyze it which is a bit difficult. Let me tell you my technique and maybe this will answer the question. I always need to know 3-5 scenes ahead. That’s all I ever ask of myself. I have the overall story arc and I know 3-5 scenes ahead. When I have those 3-5 scenes, before I go to bed at night, I take only the one scene that I plan to write the next day and I think about it. I tuck it gently into my subconscious and I let my subconscious play with it. I get up in the morning between 3 and 4. I just write. I say, “Hello muse. I’m here. Let me have it.” And I just write. That’s it. That’s the technique. Plugging into my sacred subconscious where no one else exists and telling my story the way I see it.

Q: For the greedy, how is Feversong going?

KMM: I’m not talking about Feversong, sorry. (Teases, I even have a release date, but I’m not telling you guys yet. I’ve known the release date for months.) (Has since been announced that Feversong will be released Jan. 2017)

Q: So I’m going to be greedy too…

KMM: Are you just going to rephrase the same question?

Q: Yeah, I am. Are going to have another launch party? And is going to be here? Because we wanna make sure that plan because I decided New Year’s Eve to come to this one.

KMM: No pressure there, eh? I don’t know.

Q: Like maybe an ETA (for the party).

KMM: I will give you an ETA within a month. (January 2017)

Q: Does this story end with Feversong? Or 2 books after that?

KMM: I won’t talk about future books. I think this story arc…. Part of this story arc is going to come to a conclusion in Feversong or I would fail at my job. It needs to. But I’m doing something, and I’m very curious to see how it turns out. I don’t want to talk about it. If it works then I’ll be delighted. We will see at the end of Feversong.

Q: I think you are the most artful author when it comes to curse word use. Where did you learn that?

KMM: I have a brother. Thank you. I really don’t know what to say to that.

Q: First I have a comment. Team KMM rocks all the time, every time, every event. As we read all of your stuff, every chapter there is a what the fuck moment.

KMM: Yes they do! I have those too, LOL.

Q: So I’m wondering, are those plotted and you go “Ahhhahaha! Got you!” or do you just go “What the fuck? Where did that come from?”

KMM: Leiha’s grinning her ass off back there. Leiha knows. Yes. There are definitely moments where I don’t know precisely where a scene will go. There are moments when I go wow, I didn’t see that coming myself. Joss Whedon said that the emotions should not follow the plot, the plot should follow the emotion. So when I write, I engage my heart. And because I follow my heart when I am writing, yes, points come up that I didn’t see because when I’m engaged in the character, I’m following their heart, too.

Q: Do you think we will ever get coloring books based on the Fever series?

KMM: So I was down at Barnes & Noble at Newport on the Levee signing books the other day and I asked “What’s hot right now?” And they’re like: adult coloring books. I was like “wow!” For Christmas Leiha got me a terrific one. It’s really complicated. It takes every ounce of brain power to color the damn thing. I think they’re wonderful. Wonderfully relaxing. Just something simple that doesn’t involve technology. I would love see that. No plans right now, but I would love to.

Q: Are we eventually going to know who the woman who was Barron’s sun, moon and stars is?

KMM: Why? There are so many things I know in my head that I see no reason to share. I could answer that, but I don’t see the impact or relevance. He loved. I think we have all had someone that we loved like that. He would be a lesser person if he’d not felt such a thing in his long existence. And that’s all you need to know.

Q: Of the male characters who do you think you fantasize the most about?

KMM: Well since they’re all based on men I’ve been with….. Next!

Q: I really, really love the fact that you did the graphic novel. I love that you did a graphic novel in the middle of your books and not somebody who came behind and went “Oooh! Let’s make a graphic novel of Shadowfever.” That was awesome. Are you going to make a Fever World book and put in illustrations of all the characters, all the Fae. Just kind of like a…

KMM: You mean like a companion book?

Q: Shannara did it. It’s like they broke down every character and this is the map of where everything was and this what they…..

KMM: First I’ll talk about the graphic novel. It was the most time consuming project I’ve ever done. I made very little money, I did it for the artistic experience, the joy, collaborating with other artists to bring it to life. I don’t know if you know, but my artist killed himself in the middle of it. Actually, close to the end. I was told one morning he’d hung himself last night and it was very traumatic because I had gotten close to him. It was devastating. It took me a year and a half to do the graphic novel. That’s two books you didn’t get for a graphic novel that many readers had no interest in. I’d rather give you two books. I think that’s what readers would prefer, too.

Q: Who selected the appearance of the characters in the graphic novel?

KMM: Al Rio was my artist and he was known for his pinup girl style. The characters were Al’s interpretation of my characters with some guidance. It was very much a collaboration. I wrote an enormous treatment, Al drew the people as he saw them, David wrote the script as he saw it. It was sometimes challenging to step back and allow that interpretation but I’m glad I did.

Q: Why, when the Nine are so protective and kill women over their knowledge. Why was Fiona allowed so close and privy to so much information? Why was she permitted to live?

KMM: In order to exist in this world, we all need someone who’s closer to us than they should be, closer than is necessarily safe. Plus, she really didn’t know all that much. He controlled her with a sexual relationship.

Q: So when I read the Highlander and the Fever series I get sucked into the world. It’s so well written that I have to decompress after the book and come back to reality. Do you have the same thing when you write?

KMM: Writing is my happy place. I could stay there all the time and never leave my house. When I’m working on a story and I’m in the zone, I don’t want to come out. When I’m deep in a book, I can have an intelligent, detailed conversation with someone then four hours later, they’ll say something about the conversation and I have no memory of it. I don’t hold onto it. I’m only holding onto my story. Life stops having relevance for me. When I’m writing, I’m fourteen books in, if you count the Highlander series which are so deeply connected. I have to remember every single thing that I have written. I call it my solar system. I have to keep every fact elevated in my subconscious sky and it’s all subconsciously glued together. You can’t keep that much information in your brain by intelligent effort, you have to be subconsciously plugged in to it fully, committed without reserve or thought of yourself. So yes, when I’m done, I very much need to decompress. I feel completely lost when I finish that last page.

Q: Do you keep all the books in your head or is it like a crime scene in your room where you have red threads going, mapping it all out?

KMM: That goes back to the emotion of writing… It’s all in the emotion so I have it all in my head and heart. I am a big proponent of memory palace. I have a vast memory palace. So, yeah. It’s all tucked away.

Q: Spoiler…. There’s a scene in the book between Lor and Jo and he talks to her about memory. Is that you explaining to us how you remember things?

KMM: That is. That is exactly it.

Q: That is such a unique way for you to explain to us how you hold memories.

KMM: It’s fascinating. You guys should read about the memory palace. It’s a great technique. It’s funny. You crack yourself up all the time. Because the key is making it funny so you remember it. So yeah. Like Dani’s always cracking herself up in her head. I am too.

Q: Are there any plans to go beyond the books? Into other media? Television? Or movies? Or…..

KMM: I would not want film. When Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox optioned it, I was a nervous wreck thinking: come on options—expire. I don’t think it would have lent itself well to that format. I DO think it would lend itself well to television. I am a big proponent of the make-it-all-now and release all episodes. I think that’s a fantastic new way of getting to enjoy a series. When we get nibbles from interested parties, we look into them. And if I feel we’ve got a good candidate to bring the series to TV, I’ll look at it. But I’m going to be very picky. Who all has read Outlander? That’s been done extremely well.

Q: So what do we need to do to help make that happen?

KMM: Turn more people onto the series. Get the word out there and show the industry there’s excitement and interest. Look at how long it took to make Outlander. I’ve been reading Gabaldon since I started writing. Look how long to it took to get Game of Thrones on TV.

(Fan interjects) Yes, we need to get the word out. Go and do reviews. Go to Amazon. Goodreads. Review. Review. Review. Review. Because we love it, we are kind of spinning in our happiness with the book and we forget to review.

KMM: She makes a good point. What you see with any project is that the people who are disappointed are the most avid to express their disappointment. People who are happy with the product don’t feel as driven to comment on it. They’re too busy being happy. If there is excitement online, and there is someone in Hollywood looking at it, what they are looking at is: is there a fan base that will be receptive to this, is there a market for this? If you guys want to see it as a TV series, get out there and say, “God, I want this to be turned into a TV series!” Because there are industry people in Hollywood looking at the world online and seeing if there is enough excitement to justify doing it. So yes, you guys can help make it happen.

Q: Is there any Spoiler you were wanting to talk about?

KMM: Shazam! LOL! No, I don’t want to unless you guys want to. For the people who finished it, did it take you on a ride? Did it make you cry anywhere? (Fans react, saying it made them cry) I hurt you? Good! :)

Q: People kept asking me how I felt about how Feverborn ended? I said well I think I feel how she wanted me to feel. I was satisfied. Satisfied, but also like “aahhhh, Karen” that was it. I almost feel like it could have ended a chapter or two before. I was almost like you were getting to the climax point of the drama and then it dipped and then spiked up really hard again. I was wondering if that was always intentional?

KMM: I like the two climax. (Everyone laughs.) I like to get to a pivotal point and then…. Don’t we all?....Okay, now we’re changing the topic. :)

Q: It just means you are damn good!

KMM: Come on. I wrote Barrons. What do you think! Now you guys are distracting me. But, no I don’t think it would have been nearly as satisfying if it had ended where you were talking about. And besides there was a point I was getting to. And that’s the funny thing. When Shadowfever ended, I thought, “Wow! Are they going to let me get away with that?” I mean there’s this villain at the beginning of the series and Mac is hunting it the whole time. And then I end the series with no resolution because it’s still there. And y’all were just perfectly happy. You all were thinking, well she’s off having sex with Barrons so everything must be good, right? No. It’s all fucked up still. I never intended to end the series with Shadowfever. I did originally intend to take a break and write something else before I continued it but ended up not being able to stop writing about the characters.

Q: It’s actually good that you leave some things un-answered.

KMM: Thank you, I plan to.

Q: There’s certain things I don’t want answered. It would ruin the whole series if some answers were given.

KMM: I agree.

Q: We have one that someone sent in. Asked us to ask you. Your female characters can accomplish small miracles with the Nine. Between the following ones, which is the most difficult to accomplish. Getting Barrons to laugh heartily, Lor to appreciate small breasts, make Kasteo speak or make Ryodan ask a real question.

KMM: I think they would all be pretty difficult.

Q: In Iced, Dani seemed to think Ryodan never actually watched the Batman series or read the comic. It’s very important to me as a comic book fan that he seems to know what he’s talking about. Did he read them?

KMM: You really think I am going to tell you something about Ryodan?

Q: Can you tell us which one of brothers is older?

KMM: You guys come up with the most bizarre questions. I mean, of all the things you could wonder…

Q: Who do you hate writing? Who gets on your nerves?

KMM: I wouldn’t write a character I hate writing.

Q: Who is it that gives you the most feedback or pushback?

KMM: I don’t know if I can answer this, but I will tell you one of the most difficult things about writing this series is that I have so many alphas on the page. I’ve heard people say, “Oh, you didn’t write Barrons enough—where did he go.” Or, “You didn’t write Ryodan enough in this one.” They can’t all be center stage or what you get is testosterone and posturing all the time. It’s very challenging to write this many alphas. So a lot of times, this is what I will do. I’ll take Barrons off stage with Mac because I have to in order to show you what I’m focusing on. It doesn’t mean they’re diminished. It just means that they have to be off stage right now so the other characters can have their moment. Barron talks only when he wants to. Lor talks whenever the hell he feels like it. And if I don’t write him, I’m in big ass trouble. I wrote the scene in Feverborn with Lor while doing my laundry. I have laptops everywhere, because I never know when the ideas are going to come to me. I wrote that chapter word for word, not one word was changed, sitting on my laundry room. So I don’t know. I love the characters so much. They all come so easy.

Q: But they can still evolve, right.. You put little nuances in there like Barrons letting his guard down.

KMM: You mean do the characters have the ability to evolve?

Q: Yeah. I mean even the strongest man can evolve….. You see where I am going with that? It’s in my head. I can’t explain better.

KMM: I think I do. There would be nothing to write about if they weren’t evolving. Transformation is what good stories are about. Transformation is what life is about. We re-create ourselves all the time. I am a big proponent of ‘adaptability is survivability’ and as the world around us changes, we must also change. One of the things I bring up in Feverborn is the Nine could actually be no more, if this threat that is presented right now comes to fruition. Their extinction is a threat they’ve never faced. Up until recently, they never even entertained the idea because K’vruck was unheard of. As the world evolves, so must they. And that may make them need things they didn’t need before. Allies they didn’t need before. Brains of the people around them they didn’t need before. The possibility of mortality changes the whole game.

Q: So about Shazam….

KMM: What part are you at?

Q: At end part 3?

KMM: Then you don’t want to know anything yet.

Q: So you talk about that scene with Lor and it just bubbled out of you and you never made a revision to it. Did you have any sections that you really struggled with, that you actually had go back and really re-edit? Or do you find that most of your, or do you just throw it out there and you’re like, “Holy shit! This is great!” And you went with it

Q from another fan: Is this kind of like when Mac and Barrons scene where she had to write them a sex scene so they behaved?

KMM: First question: no, not really, because I get so plugged in. I didn’t leave my study. It was a mess of dishes and glasses and pizza boxes and dirty laundry by the time I stopped writing. Second question: Yes, sometimes, especially for those two, I have to bring them together in an animalistic, completely free way in order to get them to focus. I think what Mac has realized in this book and that we all realize at some point in our life is that sex is essential. Absolutely essential. Words are cheap and can be twisted into any shape. And when you’re with someone who is hard to handle, when you’re with someone who is an alpha sometimes sex is the only way to mend fences. Talking doesn’t work. Sometimes talking is the stupidest thing you can do. Just fuck the shit out of each other, revel in the passion, and move on. Some things have no fix. You just have to decide if you want to keep walking with that person.

Q: Did you struggle with certain scenes in this book? Because your grief is very raw in this book. You can really feel the grief in this book.

KMM: Thank you. No, I can’t say there were any scenes I struggled with. One of the things that I’ve learned as a writer is that the stories I write are for me, they’re mine—first, last and always. I love that you guys love them. I’m honored and thrilled that I can make a living at this. I feel so lucky. But at the end of the day I don’t care what anyone thinks because it’s my story. If I ever listened to what anyone thought of my books, it would get in my subconscious. No one gets in there. No one but me. That makes it easy to write. I’m following my bliss.

Q: I have a question about Chloe. When you think about character evolution, will we find out how she adapts to her current circumstances? Or how she fits in the world she’s in?

KMM: It’s hard to give everyone attention with so many primary characters on the page. I love Daegus. And I will address it. I don’t know how detailed I can be when I address it, while keeping what everyone else wants to read about on the page as well, without diluting the core story. But it will be addressed.

Q: Shazam? Is he based on your giant kitty?

KMM: My giant kitty is a little bitch. I call her the little monster for a reason. She tries to push me out of bed sometimes. I woke up one the morning and had claw marks on my back. And I thought, “What the heck happened last night?” My cat braces her paws against my back and tries to push me out. She IS a little monster. I’ve never had a cat like her. She’s this aggressive primal Maine Coon personality and she is just a delight. I adore her!

Q: I was really, really excited that Adam made an appearance.

KMM: You mean that pitiful appearance he made. :)

Q: But it was an appearance. I read Highlander before I read fever. So when coming to Fever, and reading that, I was like, “Aaah. It’s Adam.”

KMM: That is another challenge as a writer. How many cameos can you put in a book before it dilutes it? How many nods to the fans can you do? It’s so tough to balance that. Could I have written Adam into this whole story and given him a bigger part? Yes. But would I have diluted the entire story the way I see it in order to do that? Yes. But I’m glad you were happy to see Adam. I love Adam. It’s a small stage though.

Q: Would it be safe to say that the Nine are from earth since they are so worried about be destroyed?

KMM: Why do they need the earth?

Q: Because when they die, they’re re-born on earth.

KMM: Bingo! Because they died in that spot. That doesn’t say anything about where they were born. It says where they died.

Q: You’ve gone from Highlander to the Fever series and I know you are still fully immersed in the Fever series. I know you said Fever came to you in a dream. Do you have any other dreams? Maybe like life after Fever. Can we just keep this going for the rest of our lives?

KMM: Yes I have other dreams. There are so many stories that I want to tell. A successful series is both a blessing and a curse. Like Linkin Park said: “once you got the blueprint about how the thing works, everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first.” It’s up to you guys. Let me out of the mold. Iced broke the mold. A lot of people had a hard time with me breaking the mold. Burned did the same thing, people felt I broke the Iced mold. And some folks were still pissed that I’d broken the Shadowfever mold. I can’t care about that. I’m starting a new series this year.

Q: Is that why you are pushing for two books a year?

KMM: Yes. One book from each series. I need room to breathe as a writer. The readers have to let me evolve. I’ll do it anyway LOL. Take the ride with me even if you don’t necessarily get it with the first book in the series. Publishing is a business and there’s a point where the publisher is going to look at it and expect that it shows promise. We all know the sales of the first book in a new series are usually softer because fans don’t want to let go of the old series or they feel loving the new series is some kind of betrayal. I’ve felt that way myself as a reader—do you guys remember the show the Highlander with Adrian Paul? I loved that show. And when he stopped doing it, I was angry. So, I understand what you guys are feeling as a reader, because I hate it when my favorite things change. Yet at the same time, I would have hated having that series go on forever exactly the way it was. We’re fickle with the shows and series we love. I’ve evolved as a writer since my first book and I have more to offer than the Fever series. Just take the ride with me.

Q: So in that vein, are you subconsciously setting yourself up as Jada? Take you as you are. Accept you as you are? Don’t put boundaries around you?

KMM: You put the word subconsciously in there. I would say consciously. Let me breathe. Let me show you what I can do. I would also say any writer must write that way—or they will destroy the very best of what they have to offer inside them.

Q: With the two series' world in your head, do you ever start writing one series and the other series starts speaking out?

KMM: No. I won’t even talk to my publisher about my new series yet because if I start to think about it my passion will go there. I have all these beautiful compartments in my brain. That’s what I did with my dad when he died. He went into a compartment. I did my work. And when I was done, I came back and opened that compartment and I cried for weeks. Literally did nothing else. Finally let the grief out. So, no. It never interrupts. Compartments are necessary.

Q: Do you think you would ever write a young adult series?

KMM: I’ve not felt a pull towards that. This goes back to…remember when I said to you, sex is such an essential part of life? As a writer, I’m obsessed with sex and death. When I was young, my aunt gave me a box of Romance novels while I was at ICA. I went to an all girls convent. Rowena really was the principal of my school. At the same time, I found a book by Harlan Ellison, Deathbird Stories, and between the box of romance novels and Ellison colliding at a formative time, death, sex and religion all intertwined. I was 13 years old. Eros and Thanatos. I’m a little dark to write young adult.

Q: So is that kind of your “Aha” moment when you decided you want to start writing? Is it something you always wanted to do? Or is it something you… I’ve read this. I think I can do this.

KMM: I think your question is how did I end up becoming a writer. I wrote all the time when I was young. I remember in second grade there was a writing contest. I came home and I told my mother, she never lets me forget, that I was going to win the contest. I was going to get the trophy. I even remember going into school the day the were announcing the winners thinking I needed to hurry up to collect my trophy, I was that certain I was going to win, like it was predestined. And I did! But beyond that young determination, when I was 30, I had a dream that I died. And as my consciousness was winking out, a huge voice bellowed, “Who the hell lived the last ten years of your life because you sure didn’t.” I woke up, sat up and thought, Wow, I haven’t been living. I don’t like what I’m doing. I don’t like the choices I’ve made. I want to write. Up till then, I felt I didn’t have enough life experience to tackle it, but by the time I was 30 I had enough pathos, enough depth to plumb. I’d been carved enough to have depth.

Q: Are you going to keep writing under the same name? Or are you going to change it?

KMM: I have a dream of writing under a completely different name, maybe a man’s, and not telling anyone. It would be total freedom.

Q: I’m a GRRM fan. I wonder if any of the father’s will be coming? Dani’s father? Or Mac’s?

KMM: No. It’s all about women LOL.

Q: I’m nobody’s sheep but I will follow you. Write what you want!

Q: Will we get more of Dani’s time in the Silvers?

KMM: That remains to be seen. I have it all in my head. I’d love to write some of it.

Q: Is Papa Roach a god or unseelie?

KMM: God.

Q: Will we see more like him?

KMM: You may. I love Neil Gaiman’s American God’s, his stories of the old earth gods. He and I channel some of the same stuff.

Q: What does Cruce’s cuff look like?

KMM: I guess that means I should describe it in the book. Maybe I’ll work on that in the next book.

Q: Who’s perspective is the prologue written in?

KMM: Really?

Q: Can a fae who has been turned human turn back into fae?

KMM: That’s a fascinating question.

Q: What kind of punishment will be dealt to the Nine?

KMM: You’ll have to wait and see.

Q: What do you do when you are not writing?

KMM: Shoot guns, drive supercars. Play really hard. I have a lot of testosterone I need to vent, that builds while I’m holed up writing. And since I always feel lost when I finish a book, I have to get out and remember I’m more than a brain connected to a body that so inconveniently needs to be fed and washed.

It’s time to wrap up. Once again, you guys are awesome. You’re the reason I get to do what I love to do. It means the world to me. Thank you for coming and making this launch so fabulous!

16 Responses

  1. Oh man.... Oh man oh man.. I have the biggest grin and regrets .. Because of time constraints I had to give up my seat in that first Q&A... Dang it .. But then whoa... Thanks for posting....
  2. Woohoo!!! Thanks for posting the Q&A transcript. I think many of Karen's responses give insight to the writing of the Fever World as opposed to what we interpret. We readers tend to make assumptions or work too hard trying to interpret, instead of just being entertained while on the journey. I'm a journey kind of girl and I'll ride along with Karen Marie Moning any day, any way. P.S. I do believe she is an assassin for hire while she is on hiatus from writing. Just sayin.
  3. Thank you for posting this!!!!
  4. Thank you thank you thank you! I can clearly see why I love KMMs books. She's a kick ass person and writes kick ass books. It doesn't hurt that she always writes about kick ass women! Love it!
  5. Hi! Longtime reader and fan. Loved the books - but Drustan is my favorite. I am with "Ninja Barrons" though. He's Japanese and had the nerve to say "I get where Barrons is coming from..." after reading the Fever series with me. Thank you for taking us on this amazing ride!
  6. Thank you for posting this. I had to catch a plane and I missed the Q&A.
  7. Thank you so much to whoever took the time to write down the questions and answers to this event. I couldn't attend and I really appreciate getting to know more about Karen and the series of course. Papa Roach a god?! Holy crap! The things we learn. Karen, I know you don't want to discuss the new series you are working on because then your passion will go to the new series, can I just ask what genre the new series is in? I'll follow you anywhere and that means any genre you chose to write in. I'm just curious :) Highlanders were of course Highlander/Historical/Present day/Paranormal (time traveling, the Fae, powers) etc :) Then you've got the Fever series which I'd classify as an Edgy Urban Fantasy. I almost want to say you're going to do erotic...since sex is essential and all...maybe with a different genre thrown in with it? If so, yes please haha! And I agree, sex is essential :) Its also a wonderful way to reconnect when things aren't perfect.
  8. Great book! More mysteries to solve and unfold. Is this the correct forum to post comments and speculations about the book that include spoilers or is there another blog/website for that?
  9. Thanks for posting this! I live in South Korea so I couldn't attend this one... I've been a fan since age 12 - Daegus and Chole were my first... I'm loving this Fever arc though. I can't wait to see what happens next! Read through Feverborn in a single afternoon. The emotion trip is crazy intense.
  10. KMM Admin
    Stacy, please don't post spoilers. Not everyone has read FEVERBORN yet. :)
  11. Thanks for the transcript and thanks for sharing your immense talent and giving us a peek inside your creative process. Sitting in that Q&A and reading the transcript makes me feel like I'm inside the warehouse shown at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Seeing the Ark of the Covenant get stashed among thousands and thousands of similar boxes, one is overcome with the enormity of treasure that must be contained therein. I'm renaming that warehouse "Karen's Brain." Love you, Karen!
  12. OH GOD THIS WAS FANTASTIC thanks , it's great for the fans like me that couldn't make it :) any chance the playlist of FEVERBORN is getting published? like in BURNED?
  13. Love this series, KMM is such an incredible talent, can't wait for the next instalment. By the way does anybody think that Dancer may be the "Lost" Brother of Ryodan and Barrons
  14. Thanks for sharing the Q&A from the Feverborn Launch. Even when I couldn't be there, I'm so grateful to get to know what the fans / maniacs asked and Karen answered. It's so interesting and so fantastic to read everything. I would love to see the Fever Series on TV and I'm convinced that it would be successful as soon as someone from the film industry detects it. We just have to spread the word. I'm also anxious what kind of series / story you pull out of one of your compartments. It will probably be as awesome as all of your books. I believe in you.
  15. I was really bummed that I could not attend the Q&A, and was going to suggest that you post it Thank you.
  16. […] Good question! I addressed this at the FEVERBORN Launch also (Link to Q&A). It’s difficult and I do it as well as I can but I think it’s a catch-22 when you have this […]
  17. I find it so rewarding as a reader to be able to understand internally what a writer is thinking, and feeling while creating a novel' I'm so emotionally compelled by. Thank you for answering so honestly and sharing what as you have said is written in parts from your own life. Not many authors would be so honest with their feelings. For that I am grateful, it gives a deeper commitment to your work, and a true alliance to you as a writer.

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