Marjorie M Liu event in Sydney
On Sunday 1 September, Galaxy Bookshop in Sydney teamed up with ARRA to host a Q&A and Tim Tam tasting with Marjorie M Liu, author of the Dirk & Steele and Hunter Kiss series, as well as X-Men graphic novels.
In person, Marjorie is tall and gorgeous and delicate-looking, projecting a quiet confidence and genuine niceness. She was soft-spoken but ready to share her story of how she became a published author, updates on her series and future projects. We all hope to see her mystery with elderly dominatrix protagonists that started out as a straight contemporary, but after she sold it to her publisher on its synopsis, they asked her to include a paranormal element. Sadly, the book is now too different to be easily marketed with the magic, so it may need extensive rewrites to remove the now-entrenched paranormal element.
There may not be any more Dirk and Steele books, although Marjorie is exploring various avenues for them. (When she mentioned possibly self-publishing, the audience urged her to do it.) At the time of writing this, she has just finished the final Hunter Kiss novel this week (fuelled in part by our Tim Tams). Most of her trip will be spent writing, but she is allowing herself a day or two off to play tourist since this is her first time in Australia.
Marjorie’s other projects in the works include a new trilogy about werewolf gypsy gladiators. It will possibly be romance or possibly YA (she is still finding the voice). She would like to try something new and write a YA because she wants to keep trying new things and grow as a writer.
She told her agent that she was a huge fan of the Marvel universe, and they wanted to find the right fit for her. One graphic novel she feels particularly honoured to be a part of featured the first gay superhero wedding, which was actually written shortly before gay marriage was legalised.
Following the Q&A Marjorie signed books for her fans, including one man who brought in a tall stack of her graphic novels in their original softcover format and we enjoyed a wide range of Tim Tams with tea and coffee. I can’t go past the choc orange, but the honeycomb and Turkish delight give them a run for their money. Marjorie was particularly delighted with the honeycomb ones.
It was a fantastic afternoon and everyone had a great time meeting Marjorie. If you weren’t able to make it, Galaxy has extra signed books available.
We have four signed Marjorie M Liu books to give away. Two ARRA members who weren’t able to meet Marjorie while she was here will win two books each. If you haven’t tried her Dirke & Steele series, here is your chance. Leave a comment telling us what your favourite flavour Tim Tam is and you will go in the draw. The giveaway will close on 10 October 2013. (The giveaway is now closed. The winners were Sonya and Helen.)