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The Wenches


  • Mary Jo Putney

  • Patricia Rice

  • Susan Fraser King

  • Anne Gracie

  • Nicola Cornick

  • Andrea Penrose

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    Word Wench 2006-2016

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    Word Wench 2006-2009

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  • Years published: 164

    Novels published: 231

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    Range of story dates: nine centuries (1026-present)


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Anne Gracie

Delighted to see you here at the WordWenches, Marie. Mary Jo gushed to few of us a while back and forced (well, convinced) me to buy the first book in the series -- A Natural History of Dragons.I read it, loved it and have bought the next two.

Quantum

Hi Marie ... splendid interview!

I like the "world and a half" approach which gives the plot a plausible feel and allows speculation on dragon anatomy as though they had evolved naturally. Bone structure evolved for lightness and strength .. I wondered about the possibility of Carbon nanotubes here. Also mixing the Carbon with Sulphur and saltpetre could have produced an explosive breath! Perhaps there are evolutionary reasons for excluding this. LOL

I have the audio version of book 1 and think that Kate Reading does a very good job with the narration. Looking forward to 'Tropic of Serpents' when new audio credits arrive. :)

Sue McCormick

Just What I NEEDED! More books to buy!

I KNOW! I fight a loosing battle. But this series intrigues me so much! I hadn't heard about it before! I wonder how I missed it.

I'm glad I got to know you, Marie. And I'm off to buy the first book as quickly as I can!

Amy J

Intriguing. As much as fantasy and historical romance are my preferred reading genres, I'd missed this too.

Andrea Penrose

What a fabulous interview, Marie and Mary Jo! I already knew I HAD to read this series from May Jo's earlier gushing, but am even more sure after reading your comments, Marie. Life has been totally crazy for me lately, so my reading has been a bit curtailed. But the first book is definitely on the top of my TBR and I can't wait. Like Mary Jo, I have an art background, so I love Lady Trent's drawing skills . . . and all else sounds absolutely fabulous. Thanks for visiting the Wenches and sharing! (LOVE the idea of the new series too. Please write faster!)

Patricia Franzino

I so much enjoyed your series, Marie! I look forward to reading the next book two generations later.

Thanks, Mary Jo, for a great interview!

Mary Jo Putney

Anne Gracie--and they get better and better as the series goes along! I have them all in print on my keeper shelf.

Mary Jo Putney

Quantum, I'll live the scientific discussion to you and Marie, but I like your idea for the explosive breath. *G*

Mary Jo Putney

Sue, I thought of you when I was putting this interview together because I suspected this series would be your cuppa.

Mary Jo Putney

Amy, the series seems to have done very well, so I have no idea who so many of us SFF lovers missed it for so long!

Mary Jo Putney

Andrea, if you ever have the time, you'll have a long, satisfying book wallow when you read these!

Mary Jo Putney

Patricia, won't it be fun to see Isabella's granddaughter? I suspect she'll be a chip off of Lady Trent's block. *G*

Vicki L.

Dear me...another book series to look into! I've long been interested in dragons - probably because I got hooked on Anne McCaffrey's Pern series when I was in Junior High.

I used to collect all things dragon too. I think I still have a few but ended up passing them on to various people when I got TOO much stuff.

It is interesting to puzzle over the history of dragons in myths. Either they were really evil looking with evil ways or they were less villainous looking and yet were still considered horrible creatures.

Comparing Lady Trent to Amelia Peabody...well...I will definitely have to look into the series because I LOVED Amelia....maybe I should go back and reread Crocodile on the Sandbank this weekend.

Marie Brennan

So glad to hear it! I had a blast writing this series.

Marie Brennan

Kate Reading is AMAZING. She does the perfect voice, and doesn't even bat an eyelash when I send her lists of names with notes to pronounce them like French, German, Russian, Arabic, Korean, Hokkien, Euskara, and Nahuatl. :-D

Marie Brennan

I hope you enjoy it!

Marie Brennan

There are so many books out there, nobody can keep up with them all!

Marie Brennan

Credit to my previous agent, who suggested that I have Isabella be an artist. Not only did it help give her a role in the expedition, but it led to the books having those lovely interior sketches!

Marie Brennan

I promise to get it written as fast as I can!

Marie Brennan

East Asian dragons are quite different; they're generally not considered to be horrible at all. The amount of variation around the world made them ideal for a story like this -- much harder to write about two dozen different types of harpy or unicorn!

Andrea Penrose

Love the carbon nanotube idea, Quantum! (And the explosive breath is pretty cool!)

Andrea Penrose

Oh, I am making time! Will start the first book this weekend!

Andrea Penrose

How wonderful! A brilliant idea.

Kareni

What a wonderful interview; thank you both! I'm looking forward to reading this series. I'm decidedly in favor of both dragons and women with acerbic tongues.

Marie Brennan

Isabella's sense of humor is one of my favorite things in the series. :-)

Annette Naish

Terrific interview. Thank you for allowing me to find another series which will bury me even further under books I MUST read. This truly looks like fun.

Jane

This sounds fascinating! I love dragons and cannot wait to try this series.

Marie Brennan

The TBR pile never seems to get smaller, does it? :-)

Marie Brennan

I hope you enjoy it!

Martin

Thanks for sharing

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