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Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kelly Meding

Please welcome Kelly Meding to The Qwillery as part of the Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kelly Meding

TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Kelly:  No single thing inspired me to become a writer. I think it was a combination of different things that came together in my mind, including support and positive feedback from a variety of teachers. I've been playing with stories since I was in junior high, but never with the intention of making it into a career. I even went to college with plans to work in film or television in some capacity, and it was during a Screenwriting class that I had a professional screenwriter say to me "You could do this for a living."

Obviously I didn't go on to become a screenwriter, but that was the push I needed to pursue writing more seriously. At the time, I was an avid fanfiction writer and email-based RPGer, with no strong desires to write original fiction. So I took an old screenplay I'd written and rewrote it as a novel—and a new career path was born. A few years later I discovered this growing sub-genre called Urban Fantasy, and the Buffy fan in me just squealed with delight at having found something that appealed to all sides of my writer's mind. I've been at it ever since.


TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Kelly:  I think the most challenging thing about writing is keeping the momentum going, once that initial burst of "OMG, best idea ever!" has worn off and I'm getting into the nitty gritty of the novel. And doesn't really have anything to do with plotting or getting stuck on the story. It's keeping myself mentally motivated, and not allowing myself to fall into the trap of "wait, this is crap, I should stop before I embarrass myself." It's keeping confidence in my characters and my plot and moving forward, instead of allowing doubt to stop me from finishing.


TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Kelly:  I'm proud of just making it this far! Of signing with a good agent, of having sold novels to two major houses, and of having a wonderful group of fans. But one of the things that really stands out was the first time a reader recognized me in public—at my day job! I work in retail, and the customer I was ringing up had read my books and recognized me from the picture on the back cover. It was funny and surreal and kind of awesome. I'm not a well-known author, even locally, so it was pretty cool to be recognized by a total stranger.


TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Kelly:  I am from the Joss Whedon school of "make them cry, then make them laugh." I don't shy away from difficult subjects or violence (because my characters live in dark, violent worlds). But I do try to counter the darkness with shots of humor and sarcasm, because no one wants to read a book that's too bleak and depressing (at least I don't). So if you're looking for fluffy bunnies and sparkles, don't read my books. Bunnies will only sparkle if they're about to explode.


TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Kelly:  The fourth book in my Dreg City series, Wrong Side of Dead, released January 31 from Bantam. It finds Evy and friends rebuilding their lives after the devastation of the previous book, as well as accepting help from some new allies. Book two in my MetaWars series, Changeling, releases June 26 from Pocket, and it continues the adventures of the last surviving group of superheroes in the world. Looking farther forward, two more books in the MetaWars series will release digitally in 2013, and I'll have an original universe story in an anthology due to release Summer 2013 (more details on that will be announced in the near future).


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kelly:  Thank you so much for inviting me!


About MetaWars

Changeling
MetaWars 2
Pocket, June 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kelly Meding
HEROES FOR HIRE

After barely escaping a madman’s attempt to annihilate all MetaHumans, Kelly Meding’s supernatural crime fighters have banded together to take back the streets of war-ravaged Los Angeles.

Dahlia “Ember” Perkins still feels like an outsider among her new Meta friends, despite everything she’s been through since coming into her miraculous ability to absorb heat and extinguish fires. But when the police need help investigating human skins discarded like slipcovers on the street, the Metas’ youngest team member quickly finds her place. Evidence points to a murderer the likes of which they have never encountered but who inexplicably seems to be gunning for Dahlia—and who may be neither human nor Meta. After a bullet meant for her nearly kills one of her teammates, Dahlia uncovers a connection to the crimes buried deep in her past. As the danger escalates and her personal life falls apart, Dahlia soon learns there’s no such thing as a “normal” relationship when you’re a superhero. . . .


Trance
MetaWars 1
Pocket, October 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and ebook, 432 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kelly Meding
Kelly Meding’s war-ravaged Los Angeles is ground zero for the ultimate Meta human showdown in this sexy, action-packed new series.

Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud member of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inexplicably rendered powerless at the climax of the devastating Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end job to another. Now her powers have reappeared just as mysteriously as they vanished— only they’re completely transformed and more potent than ever. And they’re threatening to destroy her.

Trance heads to Los Angeles to track down the surviving Rangers and discover who restored her powers—and why—but a phantom enemy is determined to kill them before they can reassemble. As they dodge his deadly attacks and come to terms with their new role as heroes, Trance and the rest of the team set out to annihilate the sinister madman . . . only to discover their own powers are his greatest weapons.



About Dreg City

Three Days to Dead
Dreg City 1
Bantam, November 24, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and ebook, 416 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kelly Meding
They’ll never see her coming. . . .

When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue—in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there—her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night she and the two other members of her Triad were the city’s star bounty hunters, mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor—and she can’t even remember what it was.

Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice—and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days Evy will die again—but this time there’s no second chance. . . .


As Lie the Dead
Dreg City 2
Bantam, July 27, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kelly Meding
Evangeline Stone, a rogue bounty hunter, never asked for a world divided between darkness and light . . .

. . . or the power to die and live again in someone else’s borrowed body. After a murder plot meant to take her out leaves an entire race of shapeshifters nearly extinct, Evy is gnawed by guilt. So when one of the few survivors of the slaughter enlists her aid, she feels duty-bound to help—even though protecting a frail, pregnant shifter is the last thing Evy needs, especially with the world going to hell around her.

Amid weres, Halfies, gremlins, vamps—and increasingly outgunned humans—a war for supremacy is brewing. With shifters demanding justice, her superiors desperate to control her, and an assassin on her trail, Evy discovers a horrifying conspiracy. And she may be the only person in the world who can stop it—unless, of course, her own side gets her first.


Another Kind of Dead
Dreg City 3
Bantam, August 02, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kelly Meding
She can heal her own wounds. She can nail a monster to a wall. But there’s one danger Evangeline Stone never saw coming.

Been there. Done that. Evy Stone is a former Dreg Bounty Hunter who died and came back to life with some extraordinary powers. Now all but five people in the world think she is dead again, this time for good—immolated in a factory fire set specifically for her. Evy and Wyatt, her partner/lover/friend, can no longer trust their former allies, or even the highest echelons of the Triads—the army of fighters holding back from an unsuspecting public a tide of quarreling, otherworldly creatures—they can trust only each other. Because when the Triads raided a macabre, monster-filled lab of science experiments and hauled away the remnants, they failed to capture their creator: a brilliant, vampire-obsessed scientist with a wealth of powerful, anti-Dreg weaponry to trade for what he desires most of all—Evy Stone: alive and well, and the key to his ultimate experiment in mad science.


Wrong Side of Dead
Dreg City 4
Bantam, January 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kelly Meding
Monster hunter Evangeline Stone woke up on the wrong side of dead this morning—and now there’s hell to pay.

Barely recovered from her extended torture at the hands of mad scientist Walter Thackery, Evy can use a break. What she gets instead is a war, as the battered Triads that keep Dreg City safe find themselves under attack by half-Blood vampires who have somehow retained their reason, making them twice as lethal. Worse, the Halfies are joined by a breed of were-creature long believed extinct—back and more dangerous than ever. Meanwhile, Evy’s attempts at reconciliation with the man she loves take a hit after Wyatt is viciously assaulted—an attack traced to Thackery, who has not given up his quest to exterminate all vampires . . . even if he has to destroy Dreg City to do it. With Wyatt’s time running out, another threat emerges from the shadows and a staggering betrayal shatters the fragile alliance between the Triads, vampires, and shapeshifters, turning Evy’s world upside down forever.



About Kelly

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kelly Meding
      Born and raised in Southern Delaware, Kelly Meding survived five years in the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia, only to retreat back to the peace and sanity of the Eastern Shore. An avid reader and film buff, she discovered Freddy Krueger at a very young age, and has since had a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers,superheroes, and all things paranormal.

      Three Days to Dead is the first book in her Dreg City urban fantasy series that follows Evy Stone, a paranormal hunter who is resurrected into the body of a stranger and has only three days to solve her own murder and stop a war between the city's goblins and vampires. The next three books in the series, As Lie the Dead, Another Kind of Dead, and Wrong Side of Dead, are also available from Bantam.

      Kelly's MetaWars series from Pocket Books tells the story of the grown-up children of the world's slaughtered superheroes who receive their superpowers back after a mysterious fifteen-year absence, and who now face not only a fearful public, but also a vengeful villain who wants all of them dead. Trance is available now with book two, Changeling, coming June 26, 2012. Books three and four will be available digitally in 2013.

      You can find Kelly on Twitter and Facebook, as well as her website: www.kellymeding.com

The View From Monday - May 28, 2012

I can't believe that this is the last Monday in May. We're rapidly heading into the 6th month of the year.  And it's another busy week at The Qwillery:

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Michael R. Underwood. Geekomancy will be published on July 10, 2012.

Tuesday - Guest Blog by Jess Haines as part of The STALKING THE OTHERS Blog Tour Stalking the Others (H&W Investigation 4) will be published on July 3, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. The Janus Affair (A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2) will be published on May 29, 2012.

Thursday - Interview with Barbara Ashford. Spellcrossed (Crossroads Theater 2) will be published on June 5, 2012.

Friday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Kelly Meding. Changeling (MetaWars 2) will be published on June 26, 2012.

Saturday - Interview with Nancy Gideon. Seeker of Shadows (Moonlight 6) will be published on May 29, 2012.

Sunday - Interview with Jaime Rush. Darkness Becomes Her (Offspring 6) will be published on May 29, 2012.


There are a lot of books out this week! Wow!  A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).


May 28, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Closed Horizon
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Peter Lantos SF



May 29, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kevin J. Anderson (ed) H - Anthology
Flandry's Legacy
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Poul Anderson SF - The Technic Civilization Omnibus
The White-Luck Warrior (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
R. Scott Bakker F - Aspect-Emperor 2
The Janus Affair
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Pip Ballantine F/SP - Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2
Bleeding Out
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jes Battis UF - OSI 5
The Science of Avatar
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Stephen Baxter Science/SF
When Passion Lies
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
J.K. Beck PNR - Shadow Keepers 4
Harmony
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Keith Brooke SF
The Devil's Nebula
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Eric Brown SF - Weird Space 1
Charmed By His Love
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 2
Year's Best SF 17
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer
SF - Anthology
The Emperor's Gift
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000 : Grey Knights
The Primarchs
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Christian Dunn SF - Warhammer : Horus Heresy 20
Casket of Souls
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lynn Flewelling F - Nightrunner 6
The Scottish Prisoner (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Diana Gabaldon HF - Lord John Grey 3
Seeker of Shadows
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nancy Gideon PNR - Moonlight 6
The Magician King (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lev Grossman F - Magician 2
Hit List (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 20
The Nano Flower (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Peter F. Hamilton SF/M - The Mandel Files. Vol. 2
Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Cursed
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 2
Night's Engines
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Trent Jamieson F - Nightbound Land 2
Deceived (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Paul S. Kemp SF - Star Wars: The Old Republic 2
Wolfheart (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Richard A. Knaak F - World of Warcraft
By the Light of the Moon (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
The Darkest Evening of the Year (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
From the Corner of His Eye (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
Life Expectancy (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
One Door Away from Heaven (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
Bloodsworn
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nathan Long F - Ulrika the Vampire 3
Devilishly Sexy
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kathy Love PNR - Devilishly 2
Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
James Marshall H
Dragon's Time (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Anne McCaffrey and Tom McCaffrey F - Dragonriders of Pern
Going Interstellar
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Les Johnson
Jack McDevitt
SF - Anthology
A Blood Seduction
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Pamela Palmer PNR - Vamp City 1
Toxicity
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Andy Remic SF - Books of the Anarchy 2
A Brief Guide to Star Trek
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Brian J. Robb
Darkness Becomes Her
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jaime Rush PNR - Offspring 6
All Spell Breaks Loose
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lisa Shearin F - Raine Benares 6
The Road to Bedlam (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 2
Sixty-One Nails (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 1
Strangeness and Charm
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 3
Tangle of Need
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changelings 11
Threshold (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF - Boundary 2
The Watchers
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jon Steele ST
No Going Back
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mark L. Van Name SF - Jon and Lobo 5



May 31, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Damnation for Beginners
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Alan Campbell F
Crawling Chaos Volume One: Selected Weird Fiction 1917-1927
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
H.P. Lovecraft H
The Providence Rider
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Robert McCammon ST - Matthew Corbett 4
The Dragon Griaule
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lucius Shepard F - Short Stories



June 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil's Graveyard (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Anonymous ST - 3
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Damien Broderick Literary Criticism
Lord of the Black Isle
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Elaine Coffman PNR - Mackinnon-Douglas 3
Thoroughly Kissed (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kristine Grayson PNR
Fluke (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
James Herbert H
Chase Me
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Tamara Hogan PNR - Underbelly Chronicles 2
Seduced by the Vampire King (e)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Laura Kaye PNR - Vampire Warrior Kings
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
G.J. Koch SF
The Frenzy War
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Gregory Lamberson H/M -  Frenzy Cycle 2
The Secret Queen
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mark Miller F - Empyrical Tales 3
Night of the Cougar (e)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Caridad Pineiro PNR
The Islanders
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Christopher Priest SF
Must Be Magic (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Patricia Rice PNR - Magic 2
Veteran
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Gavin Smith SF - Veteran 1
Classic Black Magic from Dennis Wheatley: The Devil Rides Out, To the Devil a Daughter, Gateway to Hell
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dennis Wheatley H - Omnibus



e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint


F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
ST - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

As Lie The Dead by Kelly Meding - Giveaway

I have two copies of As Lie the Dead by Kelly Meding. I won a copy and bought a copy so I'm giving away a copy! As Lie the Dead is the second book in the Dreg City UF series.

As Lie The Dead (Dreg City, Book 2):

As Lie The Dead by Kelly Meding - Giveaway
Evangeline Stone, a rogue bounty hunter, never asked for a world divided between darkness and light . . .

. . . or the power to die and live again in someone else’s borrowed body. After a murder plot meant to take her out leaves an entire race of shapeshifters nearly extinct, Evy is gnawed by guilt. So when one of the few survivors of the slaughter enlists her aid, she feels duty-bound to help—even though protecting a frail, pregnant shifter is the last thing Evy needs, especially with the world going to hell around her.

Amid weres, Halfies, gremlins, vamps—and increasingly outgunned humans—a war for supremacy is brewing. With shifters demanding justice, her superiors desperate to control her, and an assassin on her trail, Evy discovers a horrifying conspiracy. And she may be the only person in the world who can stop it—unless, of course, her own side gets her first.
 

The first book in the series is Three Days to Dead (Dreg City, Book 1):

As Lie The Dead by Kelly Meding - Giveaway
They’ll never see her coming. . . .

When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue—in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there—her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night she and the two other members of her Triad were the city’s star bounty hunters, mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor—and she can’t even remember what it was.

Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice—and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days Evy will die again—but this time there’s no second chance. . . .
 
 
 
The Qwillery is giving away one (1) copy of As Lie the Dead (Dreg City, Book 2). Leave a comment telling The Qwillery what job you'd like to have in the supernatural or paranormal community.
 
Please note a slight change in how you can get extra entries:
 
1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery will get you one additional entry.
 
2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter gets one additional entry. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will now get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.
 
3) Mention the giveaway on your on blog or website for an additional entry. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.
 
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The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.
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