As of part of Mari Mancusi’s Blog Tour for her new book, Night School, she has stopped by today for an interview! Mari is a freelance TV producer as well as an author. She is the author of the Blood Coven series, the most recent being Night School. She also is a graduate of Boston University (which I had to throw in as that is my dream school!).
Where did you get the idea for the Blood Coven series?
I’ve always been a big vampire fan–from Anne Rice books to Buffy the Vampire Slayer–and I thought it would be fun to put my own twist on the legends and lore. When I first sold the series, Twilight hadn’t been released yet, so I had no idea what a phenomenon the creatures of the night would become for young adult readers (and older adult readers as well!) a few years later.
I also always loved books about twins–the Bobbsey Twins, Sweet Valley High, etc. When I was young I even created an alter-ego “evil twin” for myself named Jessica. I was shy and reserved, but under the guise of Jessica, I could do or say anything I wanted.
I originally planned for only Sunny to narrate the books. But Rayne was such a fun person to write about, I realized I needed to tell her story, too.
What would you say is your favorite paranormal creature?
Do you have a favorite character in the Blood Coven series to write?
Just as the books go back and forth between Sunshine and Rayne, I usually favor whichever twin I’m writing at the moment. Rayne’s stories are more action packed, while Sunny’s tend to be more emotional journeys. I just finished Blood Ties, the sixth book in the series so I’m kind of still in Sunny mode right now. Her love triangle between Magnus and Jayden is heart-wrenching–even to me!
I also love writing quirky side characters. And you never know what small part player might end up with a major role in future books. For example, I’m just starting Book 7 and I think Race Jameson, vampire rockstar, may play an extended part. He was originally featured at the end of Girls that Growl and shows up again in Blood Ties. He’s got a lot of snark and I think he deserves more air time.
Of the books in the series, did you have a favorite to write?
Stake That was especially fun to write because I did the majority of it in blog entries. It was fun to make up the comments for her “readers” at the end of each chapter. Rayne definitely had her share of trolls! I enjoyed writing Blood Ties as well, since the majority of it takes place in Japan, a favorite city of mine.
If you could travel one place in the world, where would it be?
I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. It just seems like such a fascinating place. They have glaciers and hot springs–natural wonders and a vibrant city life. The perfect vacation spot!
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