Welcome! Today I want to talk about a soon-to-be-released fantasy / urban fantasy / mystery book, An Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca. I read the first book earlier this year and it was extremely *cough* Intriguing! I loved the strong female lead and her extremely unique circumstances. I hope you enjoy the author interview and information on An Import of Intrigue!
INTERVIEW WITH MARSHALL
Welcome to Booked & Loaded, Marshall! Thank you for being available for an interrogation interview! It has been a while since I have opportunity to interview an author and I feel a little rusty! *cracks knuckles* Ok, here we go!
Annie: For those who are new to you and your writing what is the best way to sum the world in which your Maradaine Constabulary novels take place?
Marshall: Maradaine is a fantastical, cosmopolitan city, where magic, science and societal upheaval are all approaching a tipping point. The Maradaine Constabulary books are a street-level view of the city from the perspective of the constabulary inspectors, solving crimes and keeping the city safe.
Annie: I was lucky enough to win and read A Murder of Mages, the first book set in this world, and really enjoyed! (and apparently failed to review. Blogger FAIL 0_o) The main character, Satrine Rainey, is female and pretty bad ass. As a male, what was your biggest hurdle writing a lead female character?
Marshall: I think for me, it was a matter of constantly interrogating my preconceptions. But at the same time, with every character I have the same process: be honest about that person’s point-of-view. I think this comes from my time as an actor, thinking about every character having a perspective, a sense of what their usual reality is, that’s different from my own. There’s a phrase a female friend used when talking about her very different perspective on something: “Welcome to the background radiation of my life.” So that’s the big thing I’ve kept in the back of my mind when writing Satrine.
Annie: What new obstacles await Satrine Rainey in An Import of Intrigue?
Marshall: In Import, Satrine has to confront elements of her past, both recent and distant. She still has to fight for respect in the Constabulary thanks to her dishonest methods of getting hired being made public. But she also will face the circumstances that brought her to Druth Intelligence years ago, and the ones the forced her to leave it.
Annie: Do you have more books planned that are set in this world?
Marshall: Several! It addition to the Constabulary books, there are the Thorn books: The Thorn of Dentonhill and The Alchemy of Chaos. Next year we’ll have the first book in a new Maradaine series (The Streets of Maradaine), The Holver Alley Crew, and the third Thorn book, The Imposters of Aventil, which might have some other familiar faces in it. I’ve also got scheduled the second Streets novel, Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe, and the third Constabulary book, A Parliament of Bodies.
Annie: You write both Fantasy and Science fiction. Which genre poses more of a challenge for you and why?
Marshall: Science fiction is a bit more of a struggle for me, and that’s largely due to worldbuilding. I’m working on a space opera novel, but the way I worldbuild, I like to create a full sandbox to play in. And in space… you can always keep going. I’m still finding the story there.
Annie: Ok, pretend you are a speed pitching platform with readers. You can only use TWO words to describe An Import of Intrigue to entice them to choose your book. What are they?
Marshall: Fantasy cops.
Annie: What first sparked your passion for writing?
Marshall: Way back in middle-school, I found out that two friends of mine were trying to right a fantasy novel together—it had been this thing they had been working on for a while. And for the first time I thought, “Hey, that is a thing that, like, anyone could try to do.” I started something way back then, very trope-ridden chosen-one stuff.
Obviously it took me a while to hone my craft. You don’t want to see my middle-school novel.
Annie: If you could compare yourself to any fictional character who would that be?
Marshall: Oh, I’m terrible with this question. Like I start thinking about obscure movies or TV shows no one watched but me. Like, anyone else remember Strange Luck, where DB Sweeny played a guy who had luck as a superpower, but it could go good or bad, in extreme ways. No, no one but me watched it. But I sometimes feel that vibe.
Annie: What childhood book influenced you most as an adult?
Marshall: I always have a tough time with this, because so many of the things I read as a kid are all a massive jumble in my head that no one thing stands out. But I do often think about Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s Green-Sky trilogy, how that first opened up my mind on what fantasy could be.
Annie: You find yourself in the zombie apocalypse.
What would your weapon of choice be?
What ONE book would you snatch up? (To probably read over and over again in this messed up world?
AN IMPORT OF INTRIGUE
Maradaine Constabulary #2
By Marshall Ryan Maresca
November 1, 2016 | ISBN: 9780756411732
DAW Mass Market | $7.99 | 400 pages
ABOUT THIS BOOK
This second novel in the Maradaine Constabulary series blends high fantasy, murder mystery, and gritty urban magic…
The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and Uncircled mage Minox Welling.
With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the rival groups resident in this exotic section of Maradaine, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And the conflicts erupting in the Little East will spark a citywide war unless the Constabulary solves the case quickly.
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Marshall Ryan Maresca grew up in upstate New York and studied film and video production at Penn State. He now lives Austin with his wife and son. His work appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced and has worked as a stage actor, a theatrical director and an amateur chef. His novels The Thorn of Dentonhill and A Murder of Mages each begin their own fantasy series, both set in the port city of Maradaine. For more information, visit Marshall’s website at www.mrmaresca.com.