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Movie prop: St. Vladimir's Library Policy

Vampire Academy Crop
Well, I know you guys are still desperately wanting cast pictures, but those still haven't gotten an official release. But, as promised, I am able to show a few other things this week, like my pic with director Mark Waters from Sunday. And today we have...a prop!



You're probably like, wait, what is this? Here's the story behind it. When I visited London, they were filming on location at a local university in order to do shots inside St. Vladimir's. As I was hanging out, I noticed all sorts of signs. Signs like this one about library policy. Signs directing me to other departments. Signs for staff offices. And I was thinking, "Yeah, yeah, of course there are signs, this is a university." Then I noticed something. This isn't one of the university's signs. It was a St. Vladimir's sign--made for the set! I don't even know if you'll be able to see these in the actual film. They're small, and there's so much action and drama in the school halls that it's probably hard to even notice these in the background. Nonetheless, the set department is so dedicated and keeping track of even the smallest details that they do stuff like this! I was blown away at that dedication. They don't overlook anything!


Set visit picture!

German Shadow Kiss
Look what I have for you before I fly off this morning: a picture from the set! Here's director Mark Waters and me at his monitors while filming stunt scenes outside. Good times!

And if you haven't read my previous two posts about the set visit, be sure and check them out!

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Vampire Academy movie set, part 2!

Little Dhampir
Well, that's a wrap for me. This was just a short and sweet visit to the London set, and tomorrow I return home to Seattle and my family. I've had an amazing time, and today was especially amazing since I actually had a good night's sleep behind me. It makes a huge difference!

Today started with a wardrobe crisis. Fortunately, my agent brought his significant other along, who just happens to be a costume designer and has a great eye for style. He went out and bought me some things to try on, and amazingly, they all fit perfectly. I can't even pick stuff off the rack in my own size, let alone convert with UK sizes. Now I never want to do my own shopping again. I kept it all and looked super snazzy for set tonight, which was a good thing because I had to do a bunch of interviews when I got there. I talked to some really lovely people, and you guys are going to hear lots of good info from me and the cast once these stories get out.

After that, we got to watch some interior shots being filmed within the school. Much like last night, I was so enchanted that watching take after take never got old. When that wrapped up, we were given a super amazing experience: they made us a rough 14-minute montage of some of the scenes they've shot so far to give us an idea of the breadth of actors and sets.

You guys, it was amazing.

Now, you're probably thinking, "Richelle, you would never tell us if the movie was bad." That's true. However, I also wouldn't keep saying it was good. I would emphasize other things, like how beautiful the actors are (because they are), and never talk about the movie itself. But I'm here telling you, the footage I saw was INCREDIBLE. I got chills. Jim, Erin, and I even conferred to make sure we aren't just biased. But seriously...I can't believe how wonderful what I saw was. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine they could portray the power of the book so well. The chemistry between the actors is off the charts--and I don't just mean romances (though you could feel that too! Zoey/Danila and Lucy/Dominic knocked it out of the park as their respective couples). But the friendships there are so strong too. Zoey and Lucy are as different as Lissa and Rose are...and yet complement each other so perfectly. When you see them acting together, showing Lissa and Rose looking out for each other, it just pulls at your heart.

Which brings me to an important topic: Mason. I didn't see any clips of Cameron Monaghan tonight. I didn't have to because they were filming one with him six feet in front of me. So I got to see him up close and personal, interacting with Rose. Stop reading if you haven't read Frostbite because I've got to tell you something. For years, I've been asked if I felt bad about what happened to Mason. And I've always said no, no, it was the way story had to go, tragic though it was. But man, I tell you, guys, I can't say that anymore. After meeting Cameron (who's incredibly funny and nice) and seeing him put his heart into the role, I now have a flesh and blood face to put on Mason. And I felt SO BAD for him as I was sitting there. I felt like I needed to offer apologies to Cameron over and over. So, all of you who've thought I was so cold-hearted for what I did can now rejoice that I finally feel some guilt. :) That doesn't change the books, of course, so don't get your hopes up!

We wrapped up our night watching some action-packed stunt scenes outside, which was pretty fun. Director Mark Waters let me sit by him and his monitors as they filmed and checked footage. Cool process. Around midnight, my group and I finally decided to head back to our hotel, so we made our goodbyes. Danila and Zoey were in the middle of action takes on the set, but they let me run onto it and hug them goodbye. They were so sweet. They and all the rest of the cast were super nice to me. They really are just a great group of friendly, hardworking people who love what they do, and I couldn't be more thrilled at the interpretation they're doing for my books.

Now, I know you guys are anxious for pictures, and all I can advise is patience. I still don't have authorization to post any, but hopefully I've painted you a good picture with words! There really haven't been any big, official pics released yet, and they want to make sure that when they come out, they're done right and chosen well. Hang in there--you should be seeing something this week, at the very least some props or behind-the-scenes candids.

Thank you so much for all of your enthusiasm and support! I've loved reading your reactions here, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I've felt like you traveled with me. It means so much to me and the people working on the movie to know you believe in them. And I want to offer my own thanks to all of them as well. The actors are putting their hearts and souls into bringing the characters to life for us, and that unseen crew of hundreds is working so hard on stunts, costumes, and a million other essential things. I am so honored by the job they're doing.

Talk to you soon from the States!


Vampire Academy movie set, part 1!

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I've been pretty bad about blogging, so a lot of my updates have come via social media lately. If you follow me there, you probably know the exciting news: I'm currently in London, visiting the set of the Vampire Academy movie! My journey started with a sleepless 9-hour flight from Seattle, which seemed incredibly long until I was met with awestruck looks from people who'd taken 6 hours to fly from New York and couldn't figure out how the math added up, seeing as it takes almost 5 hours to fly from Seattle to New York. Apparently, my flight headed north and flew over Canada and Greenland (a route so northerly it never got truly dark out), and that shortened global circumference led to a "speedy" flight.

But you don't care about geometry. You want to know if I met Danila Kozlovsky and if he's as handsome in person as in his pictures. The answers are yes and even more yes. But I'll get there.

Joining me in London are my literary agent Jim McCarthy and Penguin US marketing director Erin Dempsey. We arrived at the VA set in early evening yesterday, where they were filming at a local university. Producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford met us and led us straight into...a classroom at St. Vladimir's Academy. Yup, there we were sitting off to the side of a giant lecture hall filled with Moroi and dhampirs. I can't tell you what they were filming, but I will say it was a scene from the book, one that's a big favorite. It's such a favorite of mine that after watching ten takes of it, I could've watched about ten more.

They do a lot of takes, not because of mistakes, but because they need all sorts of camera and microphone angles. It takes hours for what probably results in about a minute of film time. The dedication the cast and crew put into this is amazing! They have to sit there under those hot lights, doing a lot of waiting, and be ready on a moment's notice when action is called. There were guardians stationed around the class, looking stoic and protective, and they have the sweetest, most stylish jackets ever. They're also very heavy jackets, and between takes, those poor actors would take them off because of how hot it was and then quickly get back in when filming resumed.

And...actors. Who did I meet? Zoey Deutch (Rose), Lucy Fry (Lissa), Cameron Monaghan (Mason), Dominic Sherwood (Christian), Sami Gayle (Mia), Sarah Hyland (Natalie), Ashley Charles (Jesse), Chris Mason (Ray aka Ralf), Bronte Terrell (Camilla aka Camille), and Harry Bradshaw (Bruno aka one of Mia's friends). There was a third young man who came up to me with Jesse and Ray, introducing themselves as the "bad guys," whose name I didn't catch because we all got shushed as some action started. I lost track of him after that, so I apologize to him and hope to get his name for you later!

The actors were all so nice! Zoey is just as energetic as Rose and talked to me about how passionate and wonderful the VA fans are. Lucy, who you'll be pleased to know had beautiful green eyes (presumably contacts), was so sweet and talked to me about writing. Cameron, for obvious reasons, tried to sell me on rewriting Mason's part in the series. :) There was so much going on that I couldn't talk to any one person for a long time, which was probably the most disappointing part. I really wish I could've talked to each person at length and gotten to know them better. The one thing I took away from everyone, though, is that they're all having a great time. Obviously, I've never followed another movie's making so closely, so I don't know if it's always this way, but everyone just seemed so positive and to be genuinely having fun. I love that.

Everyone's been asking: how does it feel seeing my book brought to life? In a word: amazing. I'm just blown away at how much thoughtfulness and detail goes into this process. You guys seriously can't imagine how much work and manpower a movie requires. The actors work so hard, and then there's a huge unseen crew who's working just as hard every step of the way on tasks you would never even guess. I may have originally conceived these scenes, but they're the ones who have to visualize every single detail--from those amazing guardian jackets to the class assignments on the student's desks. Nothing is left to chance. Director Mark Waters was so in his zone making sure everything was perfect that I felt bad when he came and said hi to me--but of course he did because he's a super nice guy, and I'm so thrilled at the work he's doing. I've been telling people for years: I make books, not movies. Movies are these guys' specialty and it shows. They've visualized the scenes for the screen in ways I never could have, and if you're picturing incredible things for this movie...well, they're going to be even more incredible than what you're imagining.

So, yes, you've probably noticed I didn't mention any adult cast members. None of them (except Mr. Meisner) were on set for the classroom scene. Some have even wrapped and won't be back for the rest of filming. But, as Jim, Erin, and I were leaving for dinner, we passed Danila Kozlovsky (Dimitri) as he was coming in to work! We were all a little starstruck, but he's so nice and approachable that it's easy to instantly feel comfortable around him. He thanked me for writing the books and I asked him about his experience so far. He said he's having a great time and learning a lot. This is his first English film, but I tell you, I think his English is better than mine. He and Jim talked a little Wimbledon. I don't follow it, but they were both pleased with last night's results, so that was good. Danila kissed my hand goodbye and then headed off to join the others for another long night of working on this wonderful, beautiful project.

And that was day one. We (especially me, who hadn't slept in almost two days) were jet-lagged and chose to go back to our hotel after dinner. We'll be back on set tonight and might even get to see some action scenes! I know many of you are anxious for pictures, and all I can say is: they're coming. Because there's been no official press shots yet, all images are tightly regulated. There's a long and complex explanation, but the short version is: be patient, they're coming! Once the first shots are released, there'll be a floodgate of images of actors and scenes, both professional and my candids. So stay tuned because things are about to get awesome(r).


Set Visit Contest

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Hot news! The Weinstein Company, the VA movie's U.S. distributor, is running a contest to give one lucky American winner and a guest the chance to go to London next month, see the movie being filmed, meet the cast, and more! If that's something that works for you, then go to this page and enter right away. There's a link there that will lead you to all the fine print and rules if you want to check those out too. Good luck!

As I stated above, the contest is for Americans, and this has caused a fair amount of confusion that I wanted to address. But let's start by taking about books first. When I write a book, I can't instantly make it appear in all bookstores around the world. I start by selling it to an American publisher, who gets it into American stores. My American publisher understands U.S. laws and sales regulations, has people whose sole job is to work with a single store (like Amazon or B&N), and knows the English language. They don't know any of that stuff for, say, Bulgaria. So, if I want my book there, I have to find a Bulgarian book company and make a deal with them to get my books over there. I have to do the same for France. And for Slovenia. Basically, my office is filled with contracts from countries all around the world that I've had to make separate deals with to publish my books, and once I sell the book to a foreign publisher, the schedule and advertising are all in their hands (which is why there can be delays for a book to come out, especially since sometimes I can't even find a publisher who will buy the book in certain countries).

A similar process works for movies. There's an amazing team working on the VA movie right now, but they don't personally send it to theaters around the world. They make deals with different companies--called distributors--who operate in each country (or in some cases, set of countries), and each of those distributors is responsible for advertising the movie, getting it in theaters, and dealing with that country's laws and business. The Weinstein Company, who is running and paying for this set visit contest, is the American distributor, so they are working with American laws, theaters, and advertising. That's why their contest is only open to Americans. Contests and sweepstakes have legal requirements around the world that they must follow.

Now, is it possible a distributor in some other part of the world might run a similar contest? Absolutely. And if they do, I'll certainly let you know! I hope this explanation clears things up and helps people understand that this is all about legal technicality and international business--NOT some exclusion of international VA fans. I saw that some people thought the movie makers had something against international fans, which of course makes no sense considering what an amazing international cast we have! The VA family is a global one, which makes it so incredible. Also, to be clear: the movie makers are not the ones even running this contest. They're too busy making the movie to deal with advertising and whatnot right now. :) That's why they have distributors.

I hope that helps explain things! And if you aren't in a country eligible for a set visit, rejoice in the news that the winner of this contest also gets a flip cam to document their trip, so we can expect some more behind-the-scenes footage soon. Believe it or not, I'm just as excited as you guys to see more of what's going on. I've seen exactly one still from the movie, and that nearly made me faint. Hope I can handle what else is to come!


Adora & Seahawk
Just a quick heads up if you're coming to see me sign in Seattle tonight at 7pm. Although the event is being run by University Book Store, as usual, it's not being held in their store. It's being held at the University Temple United Methodist Church, which is across the street. Like, really. Across the street. If you're standing in their parking lot and look across 43rd St, you'll see the church. They'll have my books on sale in the church, and I'll do all the usual signing and talking, just in a slightly different setting.

You can park in University Book Store's lot and walk on over, no problem. However, there is another author at the bookstore at the same time, so there's a chance parking might be tight. I've included a map below to help you. The red "A" is the church, and you can see where University Book Store is labeled near it. I'm told there's a public lot near 45th and 15th. You can also see a "P" near the Burke Museum. I'm told there's a lot called N1 in that area that costs $5 after 5pm. When you turn into campus and go through the gatehouse, make sure to request N1. There's also street parking in the area.

If in doubt, just show up early and take the bookstore's lot from the other signing. But you didn't hear that from me. :)

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Looking forward to seeing you! And if you can't make tonight's Seattle event, check out my schedule because I'll be signing at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park next week. The schedule also shows my Los Angeles and San Diego info this week. Even though I'm promoting Gameboard of the Gods, I'm very happy to sign and talk about all of my other books too. See you soon!


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1. It's out today!
Well, if you live in an English-speaking country, it is! As always, translations take longer, and unfortunately, I don't have any info about availability in other countries. If you're impatient, you can order a signed American copy here.

2. It's NOT Young Adult.
I repeat, it's not young adult. That's not a bad thing by any means, but just be prepared for more adult plotlines and content.

3. Here's what it IS about:
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.


Mix mythology into a futuristic setting, and here's what you get! Gameboard was inspired by all the fantasy and sci-fi books I grew up with: detailed, complex worlds with tons of subplots and lots of terms and history you had to figure out along the way. If you've only ever read light urban fantasy, this might be a pretty different genre for you, but hang in there! Things do eventually get explained, and like all Richelle Mead books, I like to have cliffhangers and subplots continuing throughout the series!

4. You can try before you buy!
Yup, you can read an excerpt! Actually you can read THREE excerpts, as well as a ton of other background info on the book to help you learn all about the world and characters.
Gameboard of the Gods Description
Gameboard of the Gods History and Background
Gameboard of the Gods Character Posts 1, 2, and 3
Gameboard of the Gods Glossary
Gameboard of the Gods Excerpt 1
Gameboard of the Gods Excerpt 2
Gameboard of the Gods Excerpt 3

5. I'm touring for this book!
It's a small tour, but if you live in Seattle, Los Angeles, or San Diego, then you can meet me, get Gameboard or any of my other books signed, and ask questions about all my books! Check out my tour schedule here. And if you can't make it, remember you can always order signed books from my local store. Looking forward to meeting you!


If you still want to know more, check out what other reviewers are saying:
USA Today Review: "It's dark, it's fantastical, and the chemistry is just wow!"
RT Book Reviews: "Mead is a master storyteller."
WAMMIB Blog Review: "Be ready for THE SUBPLOTS! Because, let’s be honest this is Richelle Mead we’re talking about and there are bigger forces playing here!"


Book Expo 2013

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I've spent the last couple of days in New York City, checking out Book Expo America, which is a ginormous annual tradeshow all about books and the people who work with them. I got to do a lot of promo for Gameboard of the Gods and The Fiery Heart, as well as hang out with all the amazing people at Penguin who work so hard for my novels. I haven't been in NYC in two years, and it's a good reminder to me of just how much goes into getting these stories out to the world. I write them, you read them. In between us are a whole group of extremely hardworking and talented people who edit, design covers, put out ads, convince bookstores to carry my books, and so much more. It's overwhelming and humbling to be in the midst of what they do, and I'm super grateful to be part of such an amazing team.

So here's what I did in New York.

Thursday night, after a JFK-to-Manhattan drive that felt as long as my flight from Seattle, I arrived in the Big Apple and got to do an event at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square with (from left to right) Sarah Dessen, Marie Lu, Andrea Cremer, and Rick Yancey. The fabulous Breia Bissey from EW (not pictured) moderated.




A few hundred of our closest friends turned out to join us.




We answered questions and tried to be entertaining (hope we were successful!), and then we signed some books.




The next morning saw me up bright and early to go sign early copies of Gameboard of the Gods for lucky BEAers! If you weren't there, don't worry. The info on how to order an autographed one for yourself is here. Gameboard got lots of great coverage at BEA, including this full page ad in PW Show Daily, which was also made into a giant banner hanging outside the Javits Center on 37th St. See me on the right there?




I also got to participate in a bloggers lunch with the absolutely amazing Melissa de la Cruz (right), author of Blue Bloods and the upcoming novel Frozen. We hung out with a bunch of bloggers in this stark subterranean room and talked about writing stuff while the bloggers enjoyed some delicious lunches. Anna Jarzab, author of the forthcoming Tandem, was our moderator. Check out how Melissa and I subconsciously matched our outfits!




BEA is full of all sorts of entertaining things. Like the Penguin truck...




...and this pirate guy. I walked past him, and he was like, "Are you ready to take a picture with me?" And I was like, "Um, why are we still talking? Let's do this." I never turn down a pirate photo-op.




Remember when I mentioned how awesome Penguin is? Check out this Fiery Heart poster at their booth! It even has a movie shout-out.




The day wrapped up with the Penguin Young Readers party, where I got to hang out with all sorts of cool people, including my agent Jim McCarthy. Jim is partially responsible for me not having had a nervous breakdown in my career yet. The other credit goes to my husband and chocolate.




That glow you see illuminating us comes from standing in front of a window overlooking the river. We were at the top of the Standard building. Good times.




All in all, a very successful and very wonderful trip! Thank you so much to everyone who came to see me. I had an amazing time talking to you all and look forward to doing it again! Meanwhile, if you're on the other coast, I'll be signing in Seattle and California this coming week, so check my schedule and stop by if you can!

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Signed copies of Gameboard of the Gods

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Guess what? Gameboard of the Gods comes out one week from today! Are you excited? I am!

As you know, I recently did some charity auctions on eBay for early signed copies of Gameboard. Those have all ended, and thank you so much to those generous people who bought them for good causes. As of this post, I have no more auctions up, but you can absolutely still get signed copies of Gameboard! My local bookstore in Seattle, University Books, is selling autographed copies of Gameboard, just like with all my new releases. Place your order by June 2, I'll come in and sign your book to you, and they'll ship it out on release day June 4. And yes, they ship internationally!

Most importantly, there's no extra charge for this. I say this because Book Expo is this weekend, where I will be signing copies of Gameboard for attendees, and I'm sure some of them will try to sell their copies on eBay. That's totally their right, but I don't want you thinking you have to buy one of those if you want a signed copy, especially since those copies may be marked up in price. University Books will sell you a new one at cover price, and the autograph can even be made out to you personally. Just a heads up! (University Books also sells all my other titles signed if you want any of those too).

And if you happen to live in Seattle, Los Angeles, or San Diego, you can come see me and get a copy signed in person! You can also see me in New York later this week at the Union Square Barnes and Noble, though Gameboard won't be on sale yet. All the details for my signing schedule are here.

Finally, if you're still wondering what Gameboard of the Gods is all about, here are some handy links to help you out:

Gameboard of the Gods Description
Gameboard of the Gods History and Background
Gameboard of the Gods Character Posts 1, 2, and 3
Gameboard of the Gods Glossary
Gameboard of the Gods Excerpt 1
Gameboard of the Gods Excerpt 2
Gameboard of the Gods Excerpt 3


Twitter Chat Transcript

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If you missed the Twitter chat on May 23, no fears! The good folks at Penguin Books made us a transcript. I knocked over a hundred questions in 50 minutes and managed not to get thrown in Twitter jail. Better luck next time, I guess.

Twitter Chat Transcript from May 23


@va_rosemarie and @VAFanPage asks:
Are you happy with the cast? Do they fit your vision for #VAMovie?
Richelle: @va_rosemarie They're awesome. I love them. #AskMead
Richelle: @VAFanPage The cast is awesome. Director and casting agency did an amazing job with each and every person.

‏@WiilmaP asks:
Which character in VA and BL would you like to befriend the most? And why?
Richelle: I'd kind of like to sit down with Brayden and see just how many random topics I could get him to talk about... :)

@parejafeeh asks:
Is Dimitri's father a royal Moroi?if it is,can u tell us the family? I've always wanted to know!
Richelle: Dimitir's father is a secret that may come to light one day...

@DampiroseMorois asks:
Do you have a Rose inside you?
Richelle: I like to think we all have a Rose inside us. :)

‏@SydrianLove asks:
Would adrian ever get a tattoo?
Richelle: Not sure he's ready for the pain...

@KozlovskyBR asks:
Did you celebrate in any way "Vampire Academy" becoming a movie? or when we got the green light? :)
Richelle: My husband and I opened champagne when we got the green light. That's really when it became official.

@DhampirFever asks:
What scene are you most excited to see come to life?
Richelle: Any of them. :) I'm just excited to see the characters on film!

@DhampirLife asks:
How much of a say did you have in every character being casted?
Richelle: I didn't making any casting choices, but I love all of them and think they did a great job.

@BloodSistersUK asks:
Did you base the architecture of St. Vlad's or the Royal Court on anyplace in particular?
Richelle: I didn't! But I've heard they've found a pretty awesome site in the UK.

@ReadingGirl21 asks:
How old Adrian was when he lost his virginity? Please Richelle don't be mean.. lol
Richelle: Adrian's romantic past needs to stay shrouded in shadows. :)

@KateLovesNate1 asks:
In the cast there's someone with the name Ray but he is not in the books right? Who is he? A new character? Richelle: It’s Ralf. Just a small name change to make some things easier.

@angie_valo asks:
Hi!! From Venezuela! :D - Is there any chance for babies in Bloodlines? With Any character?
Richelle: There's a chance, but that's all I can say.

‏@Moonnii19 asks:
Whats your favorite VA quote?
Richelle: On the spot? Not sure I can say! But I love everything @MalachiWolfe says.

@VAaddict asks:
In Shadow Kiss who was the Strigoi that said "I know you" with the "shoulder-length blond hair" 1st supposed to be?
Richelle: No one you the reader should know. Just someone who'd run into her in the past.

@xoSMBxo asks:
What actress did you initially envision as Rose Hathaway?
Richelle: I never had anyone in mind. I've always just been waiting to see!

@LAizawa asks:
Theres always a mystery with your characters. Dimitri, Seth Eugenie It's possible for those mysteries to be revealed?
Richelle: I feel like most of the mysteries eventually get revealed. Certainly with Seth.

@canslerterri asks:
What will rose & Adrian talk about in Fiery Heart?
Richelle: They have a mission they're working on.

@SydrianLove asks:
What kind of music is Sydney into?
Richelle: She doesn't have much time for music, but Adrian listens to a lot of classic rock in The Fiery Heart.

@alinastarkov asks:
How many books will there be in Age of X series?
Richelle: I'll probably be able to tell you when I finish the second one.

@FanpireAcademy asks:
What was your favorite scene to write in #GameboardoftheGods? Is there a specific scene you cant wait for us to read?
Richelle: I'm really excited by the main characters' flashbacks. They figure so much into how they are the way they are now.

@StVladimir asks:
Did Dimitri started thinking about marriage when Mikhail and Sonya decided to get married?
Richelle: Dimitri's old-fashioned. As soon as he decided Rose was the one, he started thinking about that kind of thing.

@VAcademyRus asks:
What band or singer would you like to make a soundtrack for the movie?
Richelle: That's a great question, but I don't have an answer! I guess I'll have to be surprised.

@camisrolihlahla asks:
When and how did you had the idea to write Gameboard of the Gods?
Richelle: I had the idea 10 years ago, but I didn't start thinking more about it until after my son was born.
I spent a lot of late nights in a rocking chair with him and worked out the details then.

@DhampirFever asks:
What's your favorite show that you can watch over & over again?
Richelle: I can watch the BBC's Pride and Prejudice over and over.

@VAaddict asks:
Would you consider expanding the VA world further after Bloodlines?
Richelle: I've thought about it.

@Minamostaza asks:
Will there be more romance (aside from Sydrian) in TFH?
Richelle: Yes! :) There's a couple of them in Fiery Heart.

‏@ReadingGirl21 asks:
Was it fun to jump into a new "world" w/ Gameboard Of The Gods? I won a copy from DuttonBooks awesome story & JUSTIN♥
Richelle: It was super fun! Also hard. Very hard. Any new world is difficult, and this one's especially complex.

@elyespino asks:
How you feel about your books making it to movies? You know...to expose this imagination to other kind of people?
Richelle: I'm excited to see director Mark Waters' interpretation. I think it'll be amazing, but the books are still my babies. :)

@raebae654 asks:
Do you plan on making another book series about vampires?
Richelle: I won't make a series about new vampires. If I do anything more, it'll continue the VA/Bloodlines world.

@TayRosemarie asks:
What inspired you to create a character like rose?
Richelle: I wanted someone the opposite of me...not afraid to jump into a fight and do rash things sometimes! :)

@Sailb0atScream asks:
Any advice for someone who wants be to a writer?
Richelle: Focus on writing about what your passionate about first. Don't stress if others will like it. Good luck!

@jus_t asks:
Can you tell me one thing that they change in #VaMovie?!
Richelle: Ralf is named Ray.

@silvanaareyes asks:
Will we see a royal wedding any time soon?
Richelle: There was a wedding in Indigo Spell. Isn't that enough for now? :)

@KateLovesNate1 asks:
is the script similiar to the book?
Richelle: Very similar. Not word for word (that's impossible), but I think fans will be pleased.

@VAcademyRus asks:
What do you think about Danila as an actor? Have you seen any of his works?
Richelle: I've only seen film clips and interviews, but from everything I see, he seems amazing. So happy he's part of the film.

@GreenBlaqShawol asks:
I want a AYE shirt,& know that means Alpha Yam Ergo,how I can write in Greek letters?Have any other meaning?
Richelle: You can get AYE shirts from @arcanevault. Only Alpha is Greek; Adrian made up the rest of them.

@camisrolihlahla asks:
why is kiyo a fox? I mean, why not another animal?
Richelle: He's part Japanese, and kitsunes are Japanese fox shapeshifting spirits.

@hollymiddlemis asks:
Did you enjoy school ? what was your favorite subject(s)?
Richelle: I liked high school okay, and I loved college. My fave subjects were always about history, mythology, and lit.

@Moonnii19 asks:
Will we see Abe in Fiery Heart?
Richelle: Yes, indeed!

@lunchan128 asks:
Will you ever write a book or a series about Thundro and Ivy?
Richelle: I would love to. It's just a matter of finding the time in my schedule!

@va_rosemarie asks:
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Richelle: Mostly I skim through names in books or online until something feels right for a character.

@canslerterri asks:
Will any other characters from VA be in Fiery heart besides rose?
Richelle: Yes--Lissa, Christian, Dimitri, and others.

@VAaddict asks:
Did you have the Vampire Academy series planned out from the beginning?
Richelle: Yes, I knew how it would end...and about how sad Shadow Kiss would be!

@VAcademyRus asks:
What do you think about Russian language? Do you like the sound of it?
Richelle: I do. It's beautiful. My son was watching a kids Russian alphabet video yesterday...maybe he'll secretly learn it.

@SheecidL asks:
Which is your favorite book to read?
Richelle: One of my favorites is the Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

@KozlovskyBR asks:
What was the first thing on your mind when you saw that Danila was playing Dimitri?
Richelle: I was just happy. They'd shown me his portfolio earlier and said he was a favorite, so I was glad he got the part.

@Belikov4Roza asks:
VA filming starts in a few days :-) you excited?
Richelle: Very! They're all working so hard over there right now.

@Carol_TW asks:
I have a feeling Fiery Heart will be like Shadow Kiss.A crying festival. Am I right ?
Richelle: I don't know if it'll be a crying festival, but I think a lot of books will be thrown across the room.

@KateLovesNate1 asks:
after the Fiery Heart is there any other book in the series?
Richelle: There are six books total, so two more.

@jordyy0928 asks:
Is it significant that we don't see Sydney's tattoo on the cover of #FieryHeart ?
Richelle: No, they just photographed her from another angle. :)

FanpireAcademy asks:
How do you begin a new writing project. Do you begin by developing the characters or does the plot come to you first?
Richelle: Usually they happen together. When they don't, characters come first.

‏@beeswax84 asks:
You write about strong female leads/heroines, who is your female inspiration?
Richelle: I've got a lot of strong women in my family and grew up reading about others. They've just always been around. I'm lucky

@VAcademyRus asks:
Why did you make Dimitri Russian? Why not Spanish or German or Romanian?
Richelle: Most vampire stories we know in the US come from Russia/Romania, and I also knew a lot of Russian folklore.

@SucCubusN asks:
When we see Christian, Lissa, Rose and Dimitri again?
Richelle: In the Fiery Heart and the rest of the Bloodlines series.

@keily_gonzalez asks:
Do you plan on writing any other books based on the Moroi and dhampir world?
Richelle: There'll be six books total in the Bloodlines series, and then we'll see what happens after that.

@canslerterri asks:
Is Zoe going to be a serious problem in Fiery heart?
Richelle: She's living with Sydney, so yeah, it's going to get awkward...

@FanpireAcademy asks:
Who was your favorite character to develop in #GameboardoftheGods and why?
Richelle: My leads, Justin and Mae. They're so amazingly complex and flawed...yet ultimately good people.

@angie_valo asks:
Describe Dimka in one word and Adrian in one word? Also Rose and Sage?
Richelle: I can't think of them all on such short notice. :) Maybe Adrian's is Ivashkitastic.

@LaetiEnglandono asks:
Will we hear more about Micah in the future books?
Richelle: Yes, but he probably won't have a significant role.

@Lu_Soares asks:
Have you ever thought about write a story of how janine and abe met each other? Kisses from São Paulo.
Richelle: I have! Lots of people have asked, but I just don't have enough time right now. :)

@VAcademyRus asks:
Do you like Game of Thrones?
Richelle: Yes. I read the books years ago and love them.

@VAFanPage asks:
When you wrote the books did you expect them to be such a success and become a movie?
Richelle: No...it was definitely a surprise.

@VA_IndiaNews asks:
Did your book get accepted at once?
Richelle: Not at once, but they did sell fairly quickly. I still had rejections, though.

@va_rosemarie asks:
How is this year treating you so far?
Richelle: It's busy and exciting...and wonderful.

@alinastarkov asks:
We kinda missed Abe,Will he make a cameo appearance again?
Richelle: He'll be in Fiery Heart and probably the rest of the Bloodlines series.

@xoSMBxo asks:
do you ever think you will write in Dimitri's POV like Stephanie Meyer did for Edward in Midnight Sun?
Richelle: I don't think so. Dimitri's mysterious. If I let you into his head, it'd ruin the charm. :)

@Moonnii19 asks:
Which one was the hardest to write, FieryHeart or ShadowKiss?
Richelle: Shadow Kiss b/c I was stuck on a subplot. I didn't have any problems writing the big emotional stuff, though.

@AlwaysInfin1ty asks:
I know you have two series you're busy writing now, but do have any new story ideas for a new series/ novel?
Richelle: Always. I just store them in mind until I get a chance to write them.

@_lady22 asks:
we can hope a future for jill and eddie? I mean, like a romantic couple?
Richelle: They keep trying...but they have a lot of obstacles.

@grigorisemcueca asks:
What made you start writing??
Richelle: I grew up always reading stories and eventually just wanted to make my own.

@oliversdomi asks:
Is Sydney going to show to her sister that alquemists are not that 'good'?
Richelle: Sydney definitely has some plans in mind for Zoe.

@LalaLandVA asks:
Will you be doing panels and interviews with Zoey and Danila when the movie comes out?
Richelle: Not sure. It all depends on the scheduling.

@OzleemOzsoy asks:
Did Sonya really tought that Sydney&Adrian were off doing romantic things in the wedding?
Richelle: Sonya knows something strange is going on, but she's not sure what yet. #AskMead

@MalachiWolfe asks:
If you didn't get thrown in Twitter Jail, then you weren't trying hard enough. #AskMead
Richelle: Quiet, you.


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