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Author Interview: Marshall Ryan Maresca

Today I am interviewing Marshall Ryan Maresca, author of the new fantasy novel, The Way of the Shield, first book in the Maradaine Elite series.

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DJ: Hi Marshall! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Marshall: Hi, I’m Marshall Ryan Maresca, I’m a fantasy author living in Austin, and I’m the author of the Maradaine Saga, which consists of four different series set in the same magical fantastical city of Maradaine, the latest of which is The Way of the Shield, which is the first of the fourth series, The Maradaine Elite.

DJ: What is The Way of the Shield about?

Marshall:  The Way of the Shield follows Dayne Heldrin, a pacifist warrior who is part of the Tarian Order, elite order who study defensive combat arts.  He returns to Maradaine after a costly error involving an influential family could lead to his expulsion from the Order, and he finds his principles put to the test as he tries to stop an insurgent plot to assassinate members of Parliament.

DJ: What were some of your influences The Way of the Shield and the series?

Marshall: I’ve been calling it Fantasy Captain America Meets Les Miserables, which should give you some sense of where it’s coming from.

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? What makes them compelling?

Marshall: The two main characters, Dayne and Jerinne, are both people who have a lot of doubts about their future, but they’re also people who immediately step into action when people are in danger. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Marshall Ryan Maresca

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Today I am interviewing Marshall Ryan Maresca, author of the new fantasy novel, Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe, second book in The Streets of Maradaine series.

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DJ: Hi Marshall! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Marshall Ryan Maresca: Hi! I’m Marshall Ryan Maresca, fantasy writer. I’m the author of the multiple series that make up the Maradaine Sequence, the latest book is Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe, the second book of the Streets of Maradaine series.

DJ: What is Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe and then The Streets of Maradaine series about?

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Marshall: The Streets of Maradaine follows Asti and Verci Rynax, two brothers who live in the poorer neighborhood of North Seleth. That neighborhood was the target of deliberate arson, which lost them their home and business. In the first book, The Holver Alley Crew, they learned the forces behind the fire are even wider and further reaching than they suspected, so Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe continues their investigation into what caused the fire, and going after who was behind it.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Streets of Maradaine series?

Marshall: So much of its DNA comes from heist and crime stories– things like Firefly and Oceans Eleven. But I also found a lot of inspiration in the kinds of stories where a rag-tag team of underdogs pull together to get something done, and through that, forge intense bonds of loyalty– be that a heist, or winning the sectional championships, or tearing down a corrupt alliance. Did I mention Firefly? Continue reading

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Author Interview: Marshall Ryan Maresca

Today I am interviewing Marshall Ryan Maresca, debut author of the new fantasy novel, The Holver Alley Crew, first book in The Streets of Maradine series.

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DJ: Hey Marshall! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Marshall Ryan Maresca: Hi! I’m Marshall Ryan Maresca, author of the Maradaine novels, which are actually three different series all set in the same fantastical city. The Maradaine novels are The Thorn of Dentonhill, The Alchemy of Chaos and The Imposters of Aventil, which comes out in October. The Maradaine Constabulary novels are A Murder of Mages, An Import of Intrigue and the upcoming A Parliament of Bodies. Finally, the Streets of Maradaine novels are the newly released The Holver Alley Crew and Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe, which comes out next year.

DJ: What is The Holver Alley Crew about?

Marshall: The Holver Alley Crew is about two brothers, Asti & Verci Rynax, who used to be thieves but are trying to live a straight-and-narrow life, until a fire destroys everything in Holver Alley and ruins their lives and livelihood. With no other options and a mounting debt, they fall back on the old ways.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Holver Alley Crew?

Marshall: I’ve been saying that, in a lot of ways, it’s OCEANS 11 meets THE COMMITMENTS. The latter is really a thing that was on my mind as I wrote it, as it’s about a group of people in the impoverished part of Dublin who team up to find hope and joy and a possibility of a future. Of course, they do it with soul music, rather than pulling a heist, but the principle is the same. Continue reading

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