Today for 7 Q’s I have Mari Mancusi, author of the Blood Coven series, GAMER GIRL, and her latest series, SCORCHED. The newest book in the series, SMOKED, comes out in September, and readers are waiting with bated breath. Here’s what Mari has to say about her books:
E. Kristin Anderson: What was the first spark of inspiration for your latest novel?
Mari Mancusi: The film Reign of Fire, which is a little known post-apocalyptic dragon film starring Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey. I was blown away by the concept (if not the execution) and wanted desperately to write a book like that someday. But, of course, I had to give it my own spin. So I added time travel, something I have done a lot of in my writing career, and brought the boys from the dragon apocalypse back to present day to try to stop it. So think: Terminator meets Reign of Fire and that’s the inspiration for the Scorched series.
EKA: What kind of planning do you do before you start writing?
MM: I usually have a detailed synopsis that I use as a guideline while writing. But as for digging into the actual manuscript? I just need a good first sentence. Once I have that first sentence, things start flowing from there.~ read more ~