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AAD Meet and Greet: Author Kit Marlowe: TTT + Interview + Giveaway

Feb 8, 2011

Welcome back to another exciting AAD Meet and Greet!
Today we have the wonderful Kit Marlowe and she is here to share with us a:

Followed by a short Interview and giveaway!

So lets Start this show! Here is:
Kit Marlowe reading from

The Mangrove Legacy

Two English girls, pirates, kidnappers, orphans, disguises, a ghost, interesting facts about insects, cheese, the King of Naples and at least one improving book: this ain't your mama's Gothic!

Kit Marlowe

A writer of historical romance with a touch of humour, often seen hobnobbing with the glitterati in glamourous cities across the world. Or else a notorious fibber. Bears a strong resemblance to K. A. Laity and C. Margery Kempe.

About you:
JBCC- Do you have any hobbies?
KM- Mixing martinis, inventing new drinks, performing Jazz Age dances and pursuing Gothic spectres :-)

JBCC- What do you like to read?
KM- I love Lewis Carroll's books -- of course! -- and I am terribly fond of Austen, Heyer and all manner of Gothic novels especially those of the wonderful Mrs. Radcliffe, but also Wilkie Collins and the masterful Charlotte Brontë's amazing Jane Eyre.

JBCC- If you can meet any author in person dead or alive, who would it be and why him/her?
KM- I'd love to hang out with Jane Austen and find out if she was as delightful as her books: I suspect she was!

JBCC- What part of AAD are you most looking forward to?
KM- I can't wait for the dances! I love to dance. I'm worried about costumes, though. I don't have anything to wear yet and I'm sure I could never look as cute as Stella and Renee and everybody looked last year. Wow! They set the bar high.

JBCC- What do you hope to walk away with from AAD?
KM- New readers!

JBCC- Have you ever been to AAD before? If so what was your favorite part?
KM- I'd echo my friend Kate's comments: with Stella at the helm you know the entire weekend will rock!

JBCC- Are you on any panels? if so can you tell us which ones to look for you on?
KM- I'm on a bunch! Paranormal Historical, Erotic Historical, Care and Feeding of Your Blog, Humor in Romance and -- not surprisingly -- the panel on managing Multiple Pen Names.

Your Writing:
JBCC- How did you first get into writing? Has it always been your dream?
KM- Always -- even before I knew how to write, I created little dramas with all my toys. They were long, elaborate narratives that went on and on and on, just like a serial novel.

JBCC- What genre do you write?
KM- I write mostly historicals: so far I have a novella set in Jazz Age London and a 19th century Gothic novel. I have plans for a medieval romance and at present I'm writing a steampunk serial set in the late nineteenth century.

JBCC- Do you have any must haves when you sit down to write?
KM- Just that it's the only way to get writing done: apply arse to seat, fingers to keyboard, repeat constantly!

JBCC- What is one thing you think sets you apart from other authors?
KM- I like to think my somewhat surreal sense of humour makes my stories memorable. I love playing around with words and absurd situations.

Your Books:
The Mangrove Legacy -

The Big Splash -

JBCC- Can you share with us anything you are currently working on?
KM- I'm writing a serial novel (which is how Mangrove started) called Alchemy & Airships which is a little bit steampunk, a little bit magic and a lot fun:

JBCC- What has been your favorite book you have written so far? why is this one your favorite?
KM- It's hard to choose between them, they're both so different! Mangrove was written over a very long time, bit by bit. The Big Splash was written in a real burst over Christmas break a year ago. Both were a whole lot of fun to write.

JBCC- Is there anything else you would like to share with us today?
KM- Do readers prefer to laugh or cry more when they're reading romance?

JJBC- Where can readers find you?
KM -
Blog -
Website -
Facebook -
Twitter - follow my real name @katelaity or @cmkempe


Kit Marlowe is so awesome she is giving you all the opportunity to win:

The Mangrove Legacy

 a free pdf of The Big Splash

And she is opening it up

*~*World Wide*~*

Kit is stopping by to chat with you all today!
So say hi and follow these rules to enter the giveaway!


- Must leave a comment answering the following questions:
          ~ What makes you laugh the most?
          ~ Do readers prefer to laugh or cry more when they're reading romance?

- Must leave a valid e-mail (please do not add your complete e-mail. we do not want it picked up by spammers. for Exp: leave DOT instead of . , or AT instead of @ )

**Giveaway ends Weds night ( 2-9 ) at Midnight, winners will be chosen and named here in this comments section

16 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Danielle (lush26),  February 8, 2011 at 7:01 AM  

I prefer to laugh more although I think when you cry in reading it makes you feel more connected to those wonderful characters that the author has created :-) Okay so I want both*winks*

Dhester23 AT yahoo DOT com

Kit Marlowe February 8, 2011 at 8:35 AM  

A woman after my own heart. I WANT IT ALL! Thanks for stopping by, Danielle.

Sweet Vernal Zephyr February 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM  

I certainly prefer to laugh more than cry... especially when I end up laughing out loud and get to explain the situation to who ever happened to catch me reading. I always tend to laugh the most when a character gets caught contradicting themselves... probably 'cause I am in denial of my feelings most of the time too!

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

The Queen February 8, 2011 at 10:17 AM  

I much prefer laughing to crying! It sets up a lightened positive, more engaging mood to myself and those around....quick wit usually does the trick as does wordplay.

Kit Marlowe February 8, 2011 at 10:42 AM  

Thank you for your comments, SVZ and the Queen! Maybe the secret is to cry first (I like classic weepies with Bette Davis & Katharine Hepburn) and then laugh. I do love to laugh and I try mostly to surround myself with people who make me laugh.

Victoria February 8, 2011 at 1:05 PM  

I like to laugh. It's usually the stupid things the alpha male says to his heroine that make me laugh the most.

Kit Marlowe February 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM  

Thanks, Victoria. If you like the alpha male types, you might like Tilney, although he's a bit too old school English to be impolite about it.

David Kentner -- KevaD February 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM  

Hello, Kit
The last I knew, "The Big Splash" and my own "Out of the Closet" were scheduled to be conjoined in print the end of May, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to say, "Hello".

As a reader, I enjoy a story that makes me laugh out loud. As a writer, I like characters that make me laugh and cry.

Overall, I believe it depends on a reader's mood. But one thing is an absolute, the readers want characters who touch their hearts, be it through laughter or tears.

Kit Marlowe February 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM  

Hi DA -- I hadn't heard that yet. Jill is fabulously busy, but it's never a bad time to hear good news!

I'm glad I'm not the only writer who laughs out loud at her own jokes -- and cries with the sad bits. And you're so right -- the best characters never leave us. Thanks for stopping by.

AllureVanSanz February 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

Hiya Kit!

I find myself laughing a lot with books. There are a lot of funny lines even in books that are not written to be specifically funny.

For me, (and I'll be covering this on the NobleAuthors blog Friday coincidentally) nothing sticks with me longer than a book that makes me cry. I'm easy to laugh and hard to break. So if an author makes me cry, (unless it's from boredom!) I never forget their name and the book that temporarily shattered me.

Great question!

All my best,
Allure Van Sanz

Dawn February 8, 2011 at 4:06 PM  

I love to laugh more than I do crying. But what is better than a great book that makes you cry?


Kit Marlowe February 8, 2011 at 7:28 PM  

Hi Allure, Hi Dawn!

Glad we have conciding topics, Allure. I have to admit I cry fairly easily but it's hard to make me laugh. A lot of comedies that people tell me are "hilarious" never make me crack a smile.

And Dawn, you're right -- we go back time and again to the books that really break our hearts. It's a safe kind of pain and a familiar one.

JoAnna February 9, 2011 at 8:39 AM  

I prefer to laugh. I don't mind crying and everyone needs a good cry.
As far as what makes me laugh. I will laugh at some of the stupidest things. I'm easily amused, my hubby doesn't always think so since I don't laugh at his jokes. :)

Kit Marlowe February 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM  

Hi JoAnna!

Aw, your poor husband. I bet you laugh at his jokes sometimes. You do need a good cry at least once in a while, and I'd rather it were over a book or a movie than something real.

Kit Marlowe February 9, 2011 at 11:15 PM  

The random number generator tells me the winner is:

Sweet Vernal Zephyr

Congratulations! And thank you all for commenting. Please come back for the Tuesday Talking Teaser on February 22nd, because I will be back in my persona C. Margery Kempe with more to give away.

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