Indie Edge May 2011: Richelle Mead


Richelle-Mead-PhotoScorpio Richelle Mead is a bestselling author of urban fantasy books. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time.

Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington.

In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

Her adult series are published by Kensington Books. The Georgina Kincaid series (Succubus Blues, Succubus on Top, Succubus Dreams, and Succubus Heat) tell the humorous and heartbreaking story of a reluctant succubus who can't touch the man she loves without dire side effects. On top of that, she must deal with Hell's middle-management team and the many supernatural threats that come her way. 

Richelle's Dark Swan series (Storm Born and Thorn Queen) follows Eugenie Markham, a freelance shaman who battles ghosts and fey that sneak into our world from the Otherworld. When an alarming prophecy suddenly makes her every Otherworldly creature's object of desire, Eugenie must dodge their advances while also fighting a dark power rising within her.

Richelle's YA series, Vampire Academy, is published by Razorbill Books (Penguin) and thus far contains Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, and Spirit Bound.  This New York Times and USA Today bestselling series has won honors from the American Library Association and been translated into 30 languages. It follows the war between two races of vampires, living and undead. Rose Hathaway, a 17-year-old, half-vampire, is training to be a bodyguard for the living vampires, and finds her life complicated by the dangers that involves, as well as an illicit romance with one of her teachers.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When not writing, she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses… lots of dresses. She is a self-professed coffee addict, fights a constant (and losing) battle with procrastination, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

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Recent & Classic Works from Richelle Mead…

  • Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born #1 (MAR111240)
  • Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born #2 (APR111135)
  • Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born #3 (See pg #316 o/t May PREVIEWS!)
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For your reading pleasure, Richelle recommends these personal favorites:

  • The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes TP (JUL100259)
  • Shade: The Changing Man Vol. 1: American Scream TP (AUG090239)
  • X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic Book 1 TP (JAN051878)
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