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Welcome back to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight, where we’re thrilled to be chatting with Richelle Mead, the author of not one but two of our favorite series: VAMPIRE ACADEMY and BLOODLINES (and judging from how many times these books have ended up on the New York Times Bestseller list, they’re two of your favs, too). If you like urban fantasy and Scorpios, you’ll love Richelle, and you’ll definitely love the latest book in the BLOODLINES series: SILVER SHADOWS. Especially if you’ve always wondered what’s been going on inside Adrian’s head, because hello? Hot vampire alert! Read on to find out more!

Name: Richelle Mead

Novel: Silver Shadows

Available: July 29, 2014

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Marion Zimmer Bradley, most famous for The Mists of Avalon

What’s your favorite thing about your book? I love that it’s such a mix of emotions. It flips back and forth between some really dark moments and then some truly beautiful romantic parts. You can never get too secure with this book—just when you think you know what’s going to happen, it’ll change on you.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Jay Gatsby. I feel like I’d never run out of entertainment with all the stories he could tell. Plus, if there was a way to have a party on that island, he’d find it.

Where do you write? In my office, which is very boring and often very messy. As long as I can get to the keyboard, though, the work can get done.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Not sure I have a favorite; there are so many I admire! Textbooks are so dominated by men that I’m usually an admirer of any woman who managed to defy her era’s conventions and make into the pages of history: Elizabeth I, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks…the list goes on. So many greats.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I tweet every day! I once tweeted about waiting in a veterinarian’s lobby and hearing a guy demand that his cat be tested for STDs. I don’t think that’s the funniest thing I ever tweeted, but from the reaction it got from my followers, they’d disagree with me.

What is your favorite season? Autumn. I love the colors and the change in the air, as well as how it can be hot and cold within the same day.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? I’m pretty sleep-deprived at the moment, so I’d settle for teleporting to my bed and getting a solid night of sleep! I’m also crossing my fingers that teleportation technology is honed before my next book tour because that would make things A LOT easier. I’m not counting on it, though.

Do you have any writing rituals? Mostly I just need to warm up before I start writing a book. That may be in the form of posting on social media, answering emails, or small things like that. I can rarely just jump right in to major writing.

What is your idea of earthly happiness? Spending time with family and friends—without stress. That last part’s the key and also the most difficult to achieve! Even when I’m with loved ones, it seems there’s always something weighing on my mind that I’m worrying about getting done. It’d be nice to just hang out without the baggage!

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Tori Amos, playing in Kalamazoo, MI in 1993. I’m a huge fan of her work and have seen her many times, but to me, seeing that one when I was fifteen will always stand out in my memories.

What are you currently working on? I’m currently revising The Ruby Circle, which is the sixth and last book in the Bloodlines series.  I’ve also got a couple other projects I’m worrying on that haven’t been publicly announced, so I’m afraid I have to keep that news under wraps a little while longer!

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Okay, we hate the suspense, but…we’ll wait. If we can!

For more on Richelle, check out her Twitter and her website.

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