Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

84. An Interview with Marjorie M. Liu

Last fall, I (Sarah) met up with Marjorie at the Melbourne Writers' Festival, and we had tea together one afternoon before we were part of a panel together. Australian tea, too, so there were about six levels of sandwiches and sweets and we were there for hours.

Now, I'm back in the states and Marjorie's in Tokyo. You know, like you do. (Seriously, Skype sometimes is amazing.) Not only does she have a new book out, the last book in her Hunter Kiss series, but an animated film she wrote is also being released as well.

Marjorie's writing career has included novels, video games, and comics and graphic novels. In this interview, we talk about telling stories in multiple formats, finding your voice after being away from one format for awhile, and her favorite characters in the Marvel universe. We also get the lowdown on Marjorie's real opinion on Pacific Rim and the latest Wolverine novel, and we talk about the role of minorities in storytelling. 

This is a really fascinating discussion, and thank you to Marjorie for hopping on Skype with me to chat for awhile.

Here are the books and movies we discuss in this podcast:

Book Labyrinth of Stars Book a bride's story Manga Wolverine Book Pacific Rim

Book Back to the Good Fortune Diner Book Reservations for Two Book Cumin, Camels and Caravans



Book Shifter - Feral Heat - Jennifer AshleyDon’t miss FERAL HEAT, Jennifer Ashley’s paranormal romance of forbidden desire. For a Shifter, there’s a fine, dangerous line between ecstasy and savagery—and these two lovers are about to walk it…

Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright.

In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own–she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self.

Jace has never met anyone like Deni. Courageous and beautiful, she volunteers to help him test the Collar removal. And as Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. But can Jace help Deni believe she can heal enough to be anyone's true mate?

Download your copy now—available wherever ebooks are sold.




The music this week was provided by Sassy Outwater. This song is called “Room 215″ and it's by the Peatbog Faeries from their CD Dust. You can find them at their website, or at iTunes.

If you like the podcast, you can subscribe to our feed, or find us at iTunes. You can also find us at PodcastPickle.

So, got questions? Ideas? Suggestions? A difference of opinion about Pacific Rim

You can talk to us on the blog entries for the podcast, or email us, or talk to us on Facebook if that's where you hang out online. Or, you can email us at (WE LOVE EMAIL! A LOT!) or you can call and leave us a message at our Google voice number: 201-371-DBSA. Please don't forget to give us a name and where you're calling from so we can work your message into an upcoming podcast.

Thanks for listening!

↓ Press play

Remember to subscribe to our podcast feed, find us on iTunes, via PodcastPickle, or on Stitcher.

Comments are Closed

  1. 1
    Sarita says:

    Amazing interview! I would love to hear more about how Marjorie got her start in comics.

  2. 2
    theNaughtyK says:

    Love this interview! As an Asian myself, its so difficult finding books with leading Asian women. With good characters, though, I can still relate to the women no matter where they’re from but sometimes I wish I can read a paranormal romance or some fantasy/sci-fi with an Asian woman (that’s not the stereotype) kicking ass and being awesome.

    I love reading manga! I’m going to look up the ones in this interview~

    Majorie really opened my eyes about the Black Widow. I admit, I looked down on her because to me she wasn’t anything special. She was awesome holding herself up against the all male team but I couldn’t see what she could do for the team that the others could do themselves. I do hope she gets her own movie so that everyone can see that she’s special and has her own “powers” besides the sex appeal that’s constantly portrayed.

  3. 3
    Cammy6 says:

    I adore Marjorie, but nowadays thinking about her books makes me sad.  She’s lost interest in the Dirk & Steele series and is ending the Hunter Kiss series.

  4. 4
    Sarita says:

    Ooo! also: I’d love to hear more about what it’s like writing for comics, how it’s different from writing novels both as a craft and as a job. Thanks!

Comments are closed.

↑ Back to Top