Q and A With Marcella Burnard and Contest

Please join me in welcoming author Marcella Burnard to Preternatura today.  Marcella is stopping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Nightmare Ink.  Nightmare Ink was released in electronic form on April 15 (you read about it in the new releases post on Monday) by Penguin/Intermix and is the first book in her Living Ink series.

Marcella Burnard graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a degree in acting. She writes science fiction romance for Berkley Sensation. Her first book, Enemy Within won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award for Best Futuristic of 2010. The second book in the series, Enemy Games, released on May 3, 2011. An erotica novella, Enemy Mine, set in the same world as the novels was released as an e-special edition by Berkley was released in April 2012. Emissary, a sword and sorcery short story released in the two volume Thunder on the Battlefield Anthology in the second half of 2013.  You can learn more about Marcella by visiting her website, on facebook or by following her on twitter.

nightmare inkABOUT NIGHTMARE INK:  With the needle of a tattoo gun, Isa Romanchzyk has the power to create and destroy. In her shop Nightmare Ink, Isa helps those in need by binding the powers embedded in their Live Ink—the magical tattoos that can enhance the life of the wearer, or end it.  But binding tattoos has earned Isa the contempt of her fellow artists—including her former lover Daniel. When a friend comes to the shop with a tattoo on the verge of killing him, Isa can’t turn him away. For the first time in years, she works Live Ink into someone’s skin—something she swore she’d never do again. But breaking her vow soon becomes the least of her problems. Isa is horrified to discover her friend’s body in the shop, but the real nightmare begins when she’s abducted and inked against her will.  Now, as she seeks retribution from the man who betrayed her, Isa must figure out how to bind her Living Tattoo before it consumes her completely…

And now, let’s hear from Marcella…

Q&A with Marcella Burnard

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?

If you’re going to sew a second soul to your hide, don’t you think the two of you ought to get along?

What is your favorite scene in the book?

There’s a rescue scene in the second half of the book I really like – I hadn’t planned it. It takes place inside the Washington Park Arboretum Japanese Garden. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/japanesegarden.htm

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:

Torture scene in Enemy Within. At least, until I found a way into the scene. Then HeadshotsmallerI looked around, went, ‘whoa, look at all this blood…COOOL!’

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?

The Pizza Bomber – reading this for an online criminal justice class I’m taking from a former FBI investigator – trying to get my law enforcement character closer to real.

Favorite book when you were a child:

Oooo. So many, but I had a great fondness for The Children of Morrow by H.M. Hoover.

Your five favorite authors:

Andre Norton, Robin McKinley, Linnea Sinclair, Charles de Lint, John Scalzi

Book you’ve faked reading:

OMG. Catcher in the Rye. I resent every single word of that thing I actually did read. Not that I’m bitter.

Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”

Probably Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonrider series. If only because the only fanfic I ever wrote started there. Luckily, it was before I had access to computers or the internet. It’s all very badly typed on real paper. No one on earth will see it until after I’m dead. And I may specify that it get burned with me. . .

Book you’ve bought for the cover:

Sunshine (in hard back – lovely art) by Robin McKinley

Book that changed your life:

The Plague by Albert Camus

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

Mmmm. The Tempest – Shakespeare. That was magic when I read it the first time through.

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:

Charles de Lint has a book out called Mulengro. It has a description of a kill that kept me awake NIGHTS. It’s been years since I read that book, but I still have to be very careful about how I think of it. 😀 No. I won’t go all spoilery and tell you what it was.

Favorite book about books or writing:

Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird. I collect books about writing, but she wins because any book about the absurdities of writing that actually makes me laugh? Top of the pile.

Question you WISHED someone would ask you (and the answer):

 …I have no clue.

What’s next?

The sequel to Nightmare Ink – which doesn’t actually have an official title yet, but that book will be out in November 2014. It’s done and handed off to editorial. So I’m sneaking back over to the SFR side of the writing fence for a little bit.

I thought some of you might be interested in some of the music that helped inspire Nightmare Ink.


Also, there is a tourwide giveaway of 5 ecopies of Nightmare Ink.  Leave a comment and then enter below for your chance to win.

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Thanks, Marcella.  Nightmare Ink sounds like appropriate subject matter for the times in which we live.  Leave a comment and then enter below for your chance to win!

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8 thoughts on “Q and A With Marcella Burnard and Contest

  1. Had Nightmare Ink pre-ordered, turned on the Kindle this morning and like magic, there it is …

  2. Just downloaded Nightmare Ink myself. Looking forward to reading it soon. Loved the Enemy Within!