A Conversation with Mary Weber

Today, the INSPY Awards warmly welcomes author, Mary Weber. Her novel, Siren’s Song (Thomas Nelson) is on the 2017 shortlist in the Literature for Young Adults category. Please join us in welcoming Mary.

 Mary shares some fun details about Nym’s journey in the Storm Siren trilogy, her (new) go-to reading snack – plus more!Siren's Song

ABOUT the BOOK

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all. – Goodreads


Interview Questions

INSPYs: What inspired the Storm Siren trilogy (or Siren’s Song specifically)? Oh man, so many things. *laughs* I think, simply put, the Trilogy was inspired by the journey (we all go through) of self-becoming.

Nym starts out the series carrying the weight of where she’s been, what she’s done, and who others say she is – as well as who SHE believes she is. Through the trilogy those things are all stripped away, re-framed, and reconstructed at a soul level, until, while life has only gotten harder, her perspective and relationships have grown richer and purer.

Ultimately, Siren’s Song is a celebration of that – of the journeys each of us are on and the people we’ve become, and the friends we do life with. I mean, Nym is still ill-prepared and fighting her demons as she’s forced to face the approaching battle head on – but that’s how so much of life is I think. You prepare, you brace, you discover who your community is, but at some point you also realize you were never in control anyway. Because life comes to us trickling through the hands of Someone infinitely more sovereign. So we soak it in, walk in faith with the one who holds us, and live it to the fullest – grief, loss, victory, and all – knowing there is ALWAYS a beautiful purpose.

Did you always know how you wanted Nym’s story to end or were there some surprises along the way? Oh fun question. 🙂 And I actually had no idea how it’d end when I began the trilogy. I love discovering people’s stories – whether in real life or with my characters – so I tend to buckle up and dig in for the ride. However, a few chapters into Siren’s Song, I got stuck and for the life of me couldn’t push further! I finally realized I actually needed to know the ending in order to get Nym there. Which meant I scrapped what I had and started from the last page – and wrote a third of the book backward. Hmm, I guess “beginning at the end” really is a thing! 😉

JUST FOR FUN QUESTIONS
Mary Weber

Mary’s new favorite reading snack!

  1. What’s your favorite writing or reading snack? Normally I go for Cheetos, apples, or mangoes, but lately I’ve been weirdly obsessed with these (see picture)! So crunchy & good!
  2. What are you reading or what’s on your nightstand? (And a pic for these!!) An old favorite (The Scorpio Races), a new-to-me read (Faking Normal) because I adore Courtney Stevens’s voice, a sequel (Tosca Lee’s Firstborn), and my latest (to refresh my memory as I edit the follow-up)!

    Mary Weber

    Mary’s “nightstand reading”!

Faceoff Questions:

  1. White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? Ooooh, Dark Chocolate. With Sea Salt.
  2. Early Bird or Night Owl? I’d say Early Bird by necessity & Night Owl by choice. Except I must be getting old because these days I’m like, “MY BED IS EVERYTHING. ALL OF IT. I LOVE SLEEP.”
  3. Print or ebook? PRINT! The bookish scent calls to me like an old friend. <3

ABOUT the AUTHOR

Mary Weber is the multiple-award-winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series – all by HarperCollins. An avid high school, middle school, and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

She gets nerdy at @maryweber.com, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, INSTAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, TWITTER @mchristineweber, and GOODREADS. Come say hi!!


Thanks so much for joining us on the INSPYs blog, Mary. It was a pleasure to host you and spotlight your novel, Siren’s Song.