Meet Ellie Marney, Young Adult Author of the Award-Winning ‘Every Series’

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The lovely Ellie Marney, a young adult author who penned the bestselling Every series, has taken the wonderful time to be interviewed by SincerelyMC! As an avid reader, I picked up Marney’s first book in the trilogy, Every Breath, a few years ago when the action-packed synopsis caught my eye. Though the final book, Every Move, has yet to be published in the U.S., the first two books in the trilogy were a whirlwind experience to read. There was mystery, crime, romance, action, and adventure. I gladly gave both books a five star review.

It’s time to catch up with the author who penned the novels that have garnered thousands of reviews and readers from Australia, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Tell us about the Every series. What does it have to offer for fans of mystery and romance?

 A complicated murder case. Forensic procedures: yep – blood, autopsy, the works. A supersmart hot boy (because smart is sooooo hot). A clever and practical girl. Friends to more-than. Smouldering UST. Chemistry (no, really, there’s chemistry. Mycroft is a chemist). Nefarious schemes. Nail-biting action. Melbourne locales.

What more could you ask?

What first inspired you to write the Every series?

I’ve always been a Sherlock fangirl – since I read the Arthur Conan Doyle canon stories as a teenager. And I’d had some success in writing crime (I won the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Award for women’s short crime fiction in 2010). So when I decided to write a YA novel, it felt pretty natural to pair up my love of Sherlock with my YA crime plans. And haven’t you always wondered what Sherlock would be like as a contemporary teenager? Or…is that just me?

The Every series isn’t exactly a retelling – but James Mycroft and Rachel Watts, the series leads, are very aware of the similarities in their names, so they’re kind of lol-ing about it throughout the books!

Describe your favorite scene from the series.

Hmm…I have to think of something non-spoilery. Well, there’s a scene I love that involves a hair-raising climb on scaffolding. And in Every Word, the second book, there’s banter between the narrator, Rachel, and her adorable older brother Mike – he’s trying to convince her not to do something rash (actually Mike expends a fair bit of energy trying to encourage Rachel to be sensible, which…yeah, his success rate is low). And in the third book, Every Move, there’s a brawl at a high school dance! So win-win!

Has the Every series been optioned for a movie? If so, who do you envision as the cast?

No, nothing like that yet! Authors don’t have much sway with that kinda thing, I have to say, although it would be AWESOME. My original dream cast has aged up a bit since the book was first released, but I’d love a younger Robert Sheehan for Mycroft – he’d be basically perfect. And Rachel…hm, that would be harder, but maybe a young Ellen Page?

Are there any classic mystery writers you recommend?

Conan Doyle, always. He was the original author of the Sherlock Holmes books.

What is your advice for teen writers?

Read, of course. And write, as much as you can. And try to finish what you start.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If you can, please tell us about them!

I’m currently editing a new book, which is a bit of a departure from the Every series. No title yet, but it’s about a rural boy who makes a connection with a new girl at school who’s a member of a radical commune. It’s about ecology, ethics, and finding your path when the adults around you are going a bit nuts.

If you could have lunch with any literary character, who would you choose and why?

Ooh, Sherlock please! Failing that, I’d probably be intrigued to have lunch with Hannibal Lecter (because wouldn’t that be a lunch to remember?)


 

A huge thanks to Ms. Marney for the interview! Be sure to check out Every Breath, Every Move, and Every Move if you are a fan of mystery, romance, or the young adult genre.

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MC

Mary Claire is a 17 year old student and writer who loves politics, campfire smores, traveling, classic movies, and new music.

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