About the Author: Monica Corwin

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While the Secrets & Sorcery anthology has now come to an end (aren't limited editions so bittersweet?), my fellow authors from that collection are still busy little bees! Like Monica Corwin, who's gearing up for One Shade of Gray, her retelling of The Portrait of Dorian Gray that comes out next week. You know how much I love a good retelling!


Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, she enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters... lots and lots of typewriters.

Get to know more about Monica in this Q&A...

Hi there! Tell us a little about yourself:

I'm Monica... I have far too many typewriters and books than are strictly necessary.

What kind of books do you write?

I write paranormal romance and contemporary erotic romance. My stories always feature a strong female heroine taking on her problems.

What was your Secrets & Sorcery story?

A TERRIBLE MAGIC: In a world where magic takes its toll in blood, the coven who took Maddie's family, and held her magic hostage for a decade, unwittingly sowed in her the power to destroy them all.

What inspired you to write about that kind of magic / witchery?

I think I wanted to write a magical story with more of a balance of power. In so many stories that magic is just there. In mine that magic has a bite.

What was your favorite line or scene?

When my heroine, who has a prosthetic leg, is trying to fit in with a bunch of prostitutes. She kind of gets the irony.

What was the most fun scene to write?

I like this entire world. It won't be the last story set here... there will probably be a collection of novellas that make up this whole world.

Do you believe in magic?

I think that fact that people exist, and the creation of art, is all a kind of magic.

I love that answer! Do you practice any kind of witchcraft or divination yourself (like tarot cards, etc)?

I love tarot cards and collect decks, but I'm not great at reading them.

Everyone loves the tarot! So, what's your favorite kind of paranormal character to write / read?

Hmm...reapers. I have a fascination with the whole mythology of death.

When it comes to romance, which do you prefer: Sweet? Clean? Steamy? Spicy? All of the above?


What's the one UF/PNR series or book you'd like to see made into a movie or TV show?

Hmm...that's a hard one. Probably Anne Bishop's The Others Series.

What are your top 3 favorite urban fantasy books?

Anne Bishop's The Others Series, Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Series

And your top 3 favorite paranormal romance books?

Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark and Black Dagger Brotherhood from JR Ward

Lastly, what are your top 3 favorite books of your own?

King Takes Queen, On a Red Horse, and The Shifter Masque

So, what's next for you? 

I am working on a contemporary retelling of The Portrait of Dorian Gray with a reincarnated Sybil Vane that releases next week on Sep. 26, One Shade of Gray.

That book sounds freaking awesome! Good luck with your new release Monica, and thank you for sharing!

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