What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Firedragon (A Flynn Nightsider Tale) – YA dystopia/fantasy
Quick description: Almost a hundred years after supernatural creatures ravaged the earth, the magic-wielding Enchanters rule over the former United States with an iron fist as the totalitarian Triumvirate, keeping the people safe in exchange for their freedom. When fourteen-year-old Aurelia “the Firedragon” Sun is selected to represent the nation in an elite international monster-fighting competition, she hopes to prove to the world that the non-magical, such as herself, are equal to the Enchanters. But she soon realizes that there’s something sinister behind the contest. Before she can uncover the truth, though, she’s pitted against the most dangerous monster known to mankind – a beast no one’s been known to survive.
Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. And what stories she has! Currently, she has three series in progress: her well-received Jane Colt sci-fi novels (Red Adept Publishing, released 2013), her upcoming Flynn Nightsider YA dystopian fantasies (Glass House Press, 2015), and her recently contracted YA fairytales, Fated Stars (Glass House Press, 2015). Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well. And though she’s well on her way, she can’t help dreaming of more.
Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on my new YA high fantasy series, Fated Stars, which is currently under contract with Glass House Press. It takes place in a fantastical world in which enchanted creatures such as unicorns and mermaids dwell alongside humans. The first book, Windborn, tells the tale of an airnymph trapped by dark magicians seeking to steal her powers over the wind. In her struggle to escape, she discovers that there’s far more at stake than her own life. An ancient evil is stirring, one foretold to engulf the entire world in fire.
Mary’s reading recommendation:
Stone & Silt by Harvey Chute, a young adult/children’s book about a half-native girl living in 1800s British Columbia who must clear her father’s name after he’s implicated in a dastardly murder.