Interview & Giveaway: MaryJanice Davidson on Villains ‘n Stuff & win UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER

March 11, 2013 Giveaways, Guests 36

We are excited to have MaryJanice Davidson stop by on her blog tour for her newest collection of stories in UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER  out now from Berkley. During this interview we talk about villains ‘n stuff and learn a little bit more about MaryJanice. Along with this very entertaining interview there is a giveaway for a copy of UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER!



The villains in the Undead and Underwater anthology are of the cackling, maniacal variety that the protagonist hardly finds intimidating. Is there a reason for that? Do you know anyone like that in real life?

I think we all know people like that—the ones who think they’re spectacularly complex but who are just run-of-the-mill asshats.  As with vampires, I wanted to turn the villain trope on its head.  In the movies and books, villains are almost always too cool, at times almost superhuman in their abilities to confound goodness.  I think in real life, villains are like any of us: some are smart, some are not, but along the way they made bad choices, and rather than sucking that up, they make other people pay.  I like my characters to call villains on their shenanigans.  Betsy cannot take the vampire villains seriously because they always sound like they’ve watched one too many scary movies.  Her rampant immaturity could be considered a super power in cases like that:  “Look deep into your eyes?  Did you really just say that?  Bwaaaaaah-hah-hah!  Oh, wow.  Have you ever laughed so hard you almost fell down?  Because I just almost fell down.”

Would you ever consider writing a story from the villain’s point of view?

Under CoverI already have!  Sorta.  My first book, published by Brava, Under Cover, was three romantic novellas connected by a cutting-edge biotech firm (among other things, they developed PaceIC, which eliminates the need for pacemakers, and Faskin, artificial skin for burn victims the body doesn’t reject).  The villain chasing the hero and heroine in the first novella becomes the (reluctant) hero in the second novella.  Since I’d spent over a decade reading romance novels before getting a contract for my first full-length published book, I jumped at the chance to make a villain a hero.  It was one of the few things I had never run across in any other book.  I’d love to do it again.

Do you find it more or less challenging to write short stories than a novel?

I love the shorter length.  It forces me to get busy in a hurry; I have to make every page count.  What’s funny is, novellas don’t sell as well as single titles, but I don’t care:  I’ll always write them.  Love that lack of length

On that note, let’s do a Lightning Round!Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid, #1)

Gah!  Okay, I’m ready.  Hit me!  But not really.  Gently tap me.

What’s your favorite holiday?  


What’s your beverage of choice?          

Coke with lots of ice

What is your favorite food?      

Cannot pick just one!  Unless it’s all smooshed together.  Okay: my favorite food is a prime rib sandwich with extra lobster tail and a side of sushi served on top of a bowl of chocolate ice cream sprinkled with walnuts.

What is your favorite quote?     

“Freedom lies in being bold.”

What was your favorite book growing up?     

Nope.  Can’t pick just one.  A few contenders:  The Girl with the Silver Eyes, Meet the Austins, D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, The Secret Garden, everything EllenConford wrote (she was the first writer who showed me you could be funny and good), Killing Mr. Griffin, everything by S.E. Hinton, The Little House books, Jacob Have I Loved, Julie of the Wolves, A Ring of Endless Light, Space Station 7th Grade, Who Put That Hair on my Toothbrush.

And what are you reading now?

I just finished re-reading Mike Carey’s Lucifer graphic novels…what a talent.  My God.  When I read something like that, something so terrific and fascinating and imaginative, I just want to hang it up.  “Okay, that was awesome, there’s no way I’ll ever come close to that, so I’m out.  Done.  No more writing for me.”  (My husband had the same reaction when he finished Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  “I’m out!”)  I always weaken, though…I’m also re-reading the North and South books by John Jakes, and just finished The Sociopath Next Door, a fascinating non-fiction book which points out 1 in 25 people are totally without a conscience, and how you can deal with such destructive people in your life.  I’m a layman, but Dr. Stout did a wonderful job breaking it down for me.  I also just re-read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter.  I re-read that every winter, usually while standing in front of my fridge and reassuring myself that I’m warm and there’s lots of food.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow, March 12th, where MaryJanice will be talking superheroes!

MaryJanice DavidsonNew York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson has written in a variety of different genres, including contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotica and non-fiction. She lives in Minnesota with her family. Visit her at or



Giveaway provided by Berkley
One copy of UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER by MaryJanice Davidson

Undead and Underwater (Undead, #11.5)


Available now from Berkley


Betsy Taylor and the Wyndham werewolves are back in three all-new outrageous novellas from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

MaryJanice Davidson “continues to put her own unique spin on paranormal romance” (Fallen Angel Reviews) in these hilarious and sexy new novellas featuring Undead Queen Betsy Taylor as she meets Fred the mermaid, an all-new female superhero, and Lara Wyndham, the daughter of the Pack leader of the Wyndham werewolves.

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36 Responses to “Interview & Giveaway: MaryJanice Davidson on Villains ‘n Stuff & win UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER”

  1. erinf1

    Thanks for the fun post and congrats to Maryjanice on the new release! My fav would probably have to be Voltemort 🙂

  2. Julie S.

    I have to agree with a comment above, Klaus is a pretty awesome villain.

  3. Jennifer McCambridge

    I love MJD books. I have been a fan from the begining. I even started my cuz on her books

  4. Rebe

    Definitely Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham in the Kevin Costner Robin Hood. Loved Alan as the villain in that!

  5. Joanne B

    I love MJD books, especially Queen Betsy and Fred. My favorite villian would have to be Spike from Buffy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Josette Schaber

    My fave villain is Cruella Deville. She is just so easy to hate and route against.

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  7. Jocelyn Barnette

    Love MJ! My favorite villain is Al from Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series!

  8. Pam Roberts

    Betsy is my favorite villain/hero. The future Betsy is a real you know what.but I still love her.

  9. Marcy Cordova

    I LOVED the Fred books…I’m so glad you brought her back!!! I’m eager to see what Lara is up to as well. 🙂
    My favorite villian (and sometimes hero) is Eric Northman from True Blood. You just never quite know what he’s up to…

  10. Josey S

    One of my favorite villains is Vlad Dracula from Francis Ford Coppuola’s version of Dracula. Creeepy yet loving.

  11. Josey S

    A not-so-evil villain who was awesome: Principal Rooney from Ferris Beuller. Classic.

  12. Carl

    I’m a fan of Lestat from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. He starts off as the villain and eventually becomes the sympathetic hero. It’s a great transition. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Avis Bratcher

    My favorite villain is all of them with out them there wouldn’t be much of a story

  14. Mags

    Sooo many good choices for villains I can’t decide …….soooo……. Count Rugen (6 fingered man Princess Bride)

  15. Kelli V

    O my so many to chose from. . . . probably Klaus from Vampire Diaries or Voldemort from Harry Potter books and movies

  16. Amanda

    On tv… would have to be Cole from Charmed….he was so deliciously sinister. Books….I guess it would have to be Lothaire from the Kresley Cole series. Both guys are just soooo bad, yet posess a very unique, almost human vulnerability that is both endearing & makes women think they could be the one to ‘help him be good’… incorrect supposition I might add. Those evil tendencies run just a little too deep…..

  17. Barbara Elness

    Mab Monroe in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series was the villain I loved to hate.

  18. Kai W.

    It would be Captain Sean Renard from Grimm. He has an agenda for Nick Burkhardt. From time to time, he seemed to be on Nick’s side and then he would be Nick’s enemy. The Captain is a very complex character. He is a wild card that could be bad or good.

  19. donnas


    Love MJD books, looking forward to reading more about Betsy and them all.

  20. DeeDee Griffin

    Right now my favorite villain is Warner from the Shatter Me series.

  21. Natasha

    Spike from Buffy is my favorite.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. leannessf

    The villian that comes straight to mind is Valentine and Sebastian from TMI by Cassandra Clare!


  23. Christy Wilhelm

    Right now I LOVE to HATE on the Governor Walking Dead. I want to go through the screen and punch him in the face! LOL

  24. MaryJanice Davidson

    Thanks for the lovely interview, and the nice comments! Great fun! 🙂

  25. nancy reece

    The other half demon from a perfect blood by Kim Harrison….