Writing across genres and when it matters and when it doesn’t with Mary Weber author of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (and a giveaway)


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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

By: Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: June 6th, 2017

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

Your writing has covered several genres: you started with fantasy and are now writing science fiction. What ties each of your works together (a common theme, message, ect)? What differentiates them from each other (besides genre)? How do you travel between genres so fluently? Has changing genres changed the way you write at all?



When I started out writing, I was in love with the paranormal genre. Buffy, Twilight, Underworld, Cassie Claire – I adored it all. So I wrote a paranormal story.


That manuscript earned 87 agent rejections and is currently sitting in a secret folder on my computer.


“Paranormal is on the way out,” they said.


So I decided to write a sci-fi story about a girl whose brother gets abducted by aliens from an ice planet that recently appeared beside Earth’s moon. I wrote three chapters, which earned a HarperCollins’ editor’s attention, but “we can’t use sci-fi right now,” they said. “Have you considered writing fantasy?”


So… I wrote a fantasy that was inspired by the historical figures I’ve long loved and the comics my husband grew up adoring. That book was Storm Siren, and it sold as a trilogy.


When I finished the series, I went back to Harper with the previous sci-fi idea, and they said, “Yes, you can write it.” The first one, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, came out this year. The sequel, Reclaiming Shilo Snow, will release March 6, 2018.


Now I’m currently writing another fantasy, set to release in 2019.


But here’s the thing I accidentally discovered through that winding (and at times painful) journey…


I love stories. I don’t care what genre or style, I just love writing them, reading them, and exploring the rules, boundaries, and human condition through them. So far, all my books have themes that are important to me – strong female leads, women empowerment, facing the monsters within us, and teaching ourselves and others to value who we are as human beings.


It’s just the wrapping (genre) that periodically changes. For instance, with fantasy the words are usually more lacy, whereas with sci-fi they’re more succinct. And obviously the worlds that the stories are set in will shape the struggles, plot, and characters’ personalities in different ways.


But the soul is still the same. Because the heart of a story is always about people. You. Me. And the rest of this wild, beautiful world. And that is something worth writing about. <3




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, Comic-Con, and the ocean.

Mary’s debut, Storm Siren, was featured in the Scholastic School Book Fairs, and her novels have been endorsed by bestselling authors Marissa Meyer, Jay Asher, Wendy Higgins, CJ Redwine, and Jonathan Maberry.

You can also find Mary’s fun interviews in the paperback of Marissa Meyer’s NYT bestselling, CRESS, and in Jay Asher’s 13 REASONS WHY movie tie-in edition. Most recently, you can see her and her family as extras in the NETFLIX Original Series, 13 REASONS WHY.

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

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