"Even before I knew what romance tropes were, I loved them."
"In many ways, writing Brynn’s story felt healing."
"Ultimately, I realized I needed to just let them be angry and afraid and anxious, and give them a whirlwind love story anyway."
"None of my protagonists are exactly like me, but I think there’s definitely a small part of me in every protagonist I write."
"I wanted to explore power: who has it, who wants it, who tries to take it away from others."
"Most of the themes of the book are tied to things that I’ve been thinking about lately, including what it means to make art and engage with an audience while you’re still evolving as a creative person."
"Sometimes it’s easy to forget that so much of writing happens in that leap of faith, when you’re still mid-air and not sure if you’ll clear the chasm underneath you."
"my big idea was that I wanted this novel to read like a Bollywood drama"
"I fell in love with fairy tales as a kid like so many children do, and I just never let them go."
"There is no serotonin for me quite like the slow burn of romance, paired with the fun cringe of a romcom."
"A lot of people, especially women, say their true crime fixation is a coping mechanism, a way to deal with their own fears of becoming a victim of violence."
"I also really enjoy historical fiction because it lets you imagine history from the perspective of marginalized people, who historically didn’t leave much of a paper trail."
"I decided to be my own hero – and it’s helped me create characters with so much more nuance, heart and real guttural strength."
"Crying has always been part of my process, I made peace with that long ago."
Set in the world of her New York Times bestselling Serpent & Dove series, Shelby Mahurin's newest YA fantasy novel, The Scarlet Veil, is a deliciously dark vampire romance that has all the elements of a perfect autumn read. To celebrate…