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Five minutes with Richelle Mead

We sat down with the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines author.

Five minutes with Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors. She’s the brainchild of two of the best book series ever, Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, and is behind creating the swoon-worthy character, Adrian.

With the final Bloodlines book The Ruby Circle (let’s just have a moment’s silence to mourn the end of the series) now hitting the shelves, I got in touch with Richelle about what we can look forward to.

This is the last book, what can we expect?
“Readers are just going to have to wait and see what happens. I can tell you that a number of hanging plotlines get resolved, and we also learn some secrets that are going to blow the Vampire Academy world wide open. There are going to be a lot of jaws dropping with this one.”

What was it you loved about Sydney so much that made you want to do a spin-off from Vampire Academy?
“I’d just spent six books writing about the world of Moroi from Rose’s perspective - an insider, who regarded all that ‘vampire stuff’ as totally normal. I thought it’d offer a whole new look at things if we had a human’s point of view, someone who thinks that world is anything but normal. Plus, it was really fun to write someone as logical and thoughtful as Sydney, after having been with a heroine as impulsive as Rose. I wanted to show that you can be a strong woman with your brainsandyour fists.”

Dimitri or Adrian – who’s your pick?
“Each guy has something special to offer, and I love them both. Dimitri’s your guy if you just want to curl up with cocoa in front of a raging fire. If you’re looking for a glittering night on the town, Adrian’s the one to call.”

Do you have any stand-out moments from the Bloodlines series?
“Lots! Sydney and Adrian’s whole courtship in The Golden Lily and The Indigo Spellare among my favorites. I particularly love the night he shows up on her car, when she’s at the school dance. The ending toThe Fiery Heartis also one of my very favorites, even though it’s pretty brutal. Much like with Shadow Kiss [in the Vampire Academy series], those dark and emotional moments are the ones I really love.”

Will we see Sydney and the gang again?
“For sure. My next series is a completely non-VA project, but I know I’ll be visiting Rose and Sydney again in, at the very least, future short stories or novellas.”

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
“Just keep at it. Lots of people talk about wanting to write books - hardly any of them do it. Write the story you’re passionate about now, and worry later if others will want to read it. And don’t forget to always keep reading other books yourself. For me, that’s the best way to learn to write: being exposed to the styles of others.”

The Ruby Circle is out now. Interview by Jacqui King.