Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Why I Write Fantasy - Mary Hughes

Welcome Mary Hughes, author of red-hot and funny vampire romances!

Amber: Why do you write fantasy?

Mary: To me, fantasy is an integral part of life. It’s that sense of wonder, the ability to see the amazing beauty and variety all around you. It’s the fun, the joy, the wow that makes life worth living. I think that, since fantasy is the “what if” that enchants everyday life, all stories are imbued with it, from romance to spy thriller to sword and sorcery.

I write fantasy because it’s got the biggest helping of wow. The most play in “what if”. I write fantasy because that’s the biggest story playground.

Amber: What fantasy books do you read?

Mary: My published books are red-hot vampire romances. Strangely, my favorite novels star mostly wizards: Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, David Eddings’s Belgariad, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I recently discovered Charles Stross’s Laundry Files. I think the series appeals to the computer programmer in me. My favorite vampire fantasy (and comfort read) is Robin McKinley’s Sunshine.

Amber: Why do you think readers love fantasy?

As a reader of fantasy, I love the interplay of possibilities that you can’t get in a regular story. Fantasy can show human nature against incredible backdrops, stretch it to the limits and beyond, pit the soul against truly impossible odds. I think fantasy is for the reader who wants more, and more again.

Amber: Would you write fantasy even if no one read it?

Mary: Not only would I write fantasy if nobody read it, I did for twenty years! 

Amber: Thanks for being my guest!
Mary: Hugs from Hughes!

Bestselling author Mary Hughes is a computer consultant, professional musician, and writer. At various points in her life she has taught Taekwondo, worked in the insurance industry, and studied religion. She is intensely interested in the origins of the universe. She has a wonderful husband (though happily-ever-after takes a lot of hard work) and two great kids. But she thinks that with all the advances in modern medicine, childbirth should be a lot less messy. (Readers have since told her they think babies should come with an instruction manual, which, while painful [Smirks] , would have been very useful for her two.)

 Biting Me Softly

He’s a candy box of sex appeal wrapped with a golden bow. She’s on a diet.

Blood, sex, violence. Blood, okay, but computer geek Liese Schmetterling had enough S&V when her cheating ex fired her. Now security expert—and lip-smacking gorgeous—Logan Steel saunters into her Blood Center, setting fire to her libido. And threatening her job.

Visions of pink slips dancing in her head, Liese tries to push Logan away without touching his jutting pecs…or ridged abs. Or petting the Vesuvius in his jeans. He’s hiding something, but it doesn’t seem to matter when his smiles stun her, his kisses crank her to broiling and his bites rocket her to heaven. Fangy bites which, if she weren’t grounded in science, would make her think ampire-Vay.

Warning: contains explicit vampire sex involving absurdly large male equipment (hey, they’re monsters), unbelievable stamina (just how long can he stay underwater in a hot tub?), hide-your-eyes violence and horrendously bad puns. And, just when you think it can’t get any worse, a computer geekette trying to play Mata Hari.

Also in this series

Bite My Fire Cop Elena O’Rourke takes on suspect Bo Strongwell as she investigates her first murder. Bo Strongwell is a master vampire who needs a cop snooping around like he needs a garlic enema. Warning: Jammed with hot explicit sex, graphic fanged violence, and acid cop humor. May contain donuts. 

Biting Nixie Nixie is five foot nothing of punk rock musician. Julian Emerson is six-plus of gorgeous…and a lawyer more buttoned-down than his three-piece suit. And then Nixie discovers Julian’s a vampire.  Warning: contains explicit language, violence and cheese balls. Those things are just scary. 

To learn more about Mary Hughes 
and her books check out

Mary’s Contest!

To celebrate Biting Me Softly in stores around the US, 
I’m having a giveaway! Just comment on this post to enter. 
For a second chance, let me know the city or bookstore where you’ve seen Softly
Through April 30, 2011. 
Adults only please. 
Winner will receive a choice of Biting Me Softly in paperback
(if US or Canada) 
or one of Bite My Fire, Biting Nixie,  
The Bite of Silence or  
Biting Me Softly in ebook.


  1. Mary Hughes is a new author to me. I really enjoyed learning about Mary. I will have to check out her other two books that are in this series. Biting Me Softly sounds good.


  2. Hi, Becky! Thanks for reading, and your nice comments!

  3. Oh Becky, you are definitely in for a treat. The storylines are so fun, and I love Mary's humor. Just her book warnings are enough to get me laughing. I've read them all except for Biting Nixie, and these are definitely stories that you will re-read over and over.

    Congrats on the print release, Mary, and wishing you many sales.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  4. I saw it at Barnes and Noble in KC MO
    I love all your books. And can not wait to read more.
    deslauree3 at aol dot com

  5. Love the interview! Writing fantasy and paranormal really allows you to get more creative. I'm enjoying writing my new paranormal/urban fantasy series.


  6. I love the fantasy genre. It is one of my most favorite. I love that suthors have the most wonderful imaginations to create this magic, and its journey well worth the ride..*S*
    Thank you for the interview, and the chance to win one of your wonderful books *S*


    pommawolf @ hotmail dot com

  7. Hey Cathy! Thanks so much for the love, and your congrats!

    Hi Desi! Ooh, more love! Thanks! I'm glowing :)

    Hi CC! Thanks for stopping by, and your wonderful comments!

    Hey Darcy! I love the magic of fantasy too :) Thanks for your great comments, and stopping by!

  8. Hi Mary
    The first of your books that I read was biting Nixie. I laughed so much my husband got up and went to bed, he said he couldn't hear the TV. As anyone knows,the quieter you try to be the harder it is to be quiet. I second your opinion about being able to stretch a little more while reading fantasy. Emotions aren't as hard to portray in fantasy writing. Looking forward to your next book. I tell all my friends about your books. :-} Happy Reading All!!!

  9. It's great to learn more about you, Mary. I haven't heard of the Laundry Files. I'll have to check them out.

  10. I love your comment- "Fantasy has the biggest helping of wow." :)


  11. Mary,

    I'm back...Now you really should feel stalked! I love the paranormal/romance/fantasy genres. Anything that makes everyday life pop interests me. I can't wait to read Biting Me Softly!!!


  12. Hi Vanessa! Nixie was the first book I sold, so has a special place for me too. She's got a rhythm and voice I've always enjoyed. And since the humor is tied to the main character, a special snarkiness :) Thanks for your great comments!

    Hey Shelley! Charles Stross mixes magic and tech in a truly fresh way that I love. And I see your sexy shifter book Lightning Strikes Twice just released. Congrats!

    Hey Brenda! Thanks for stopping by, and your nice comment :)

    Hey Renee! Awesome, thanks for visiting here too! I have lots of books to give away, so more comments is more chances to win!

  13. Huge thanks to Amber Polo for having me here at her WordShaping blog, and for the great questions!

  14. Thanks Mary for being a great guest. And bringing all your beautiful friends.

  15. Thanks again for this great blog visit to Amber Polo! I really enjoyed connecting with everybody!

    Picked by random number, the winner of the WordShaping Blog Biting Me Softly In Stores giveaway is--Becky! Congratulations, Becky! Please email me at for your prize!

    Thanks to everyone who commented, and I really appreciate those of you who let me know which stores have Softly! I have a few more blog visits yet to come and more copies of Softly to give away. Hoping to see you again soon!