20 Questions with Mallory Wanless
As avid readers, we at Cursed Dragon Ship Publishing have grown bored with the questions in “respectable” interviews. What about the really important ones, like what is their least favorite chore or their favorite flavor of ice cream? This week we’ve booked Mallory Wanless.
Mallory Wanless has always been a massive bookworm. Books are her outlet when the world is overwhelming or too busy. Since having her kids, she’s used books and stories to escape from the day-to-day of stay-at-home parenting.
Mallory started writing her debut novel, Storm and Flame, in 2018. It’s best described as a mix of Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, Cruel Prince by Holly Black, and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, with a dash of Legend and Tella’s banter from Legendary by Stephanie Garber, and a sprinkling of made-up words in a magical world filled with mythical creatures, enchantresses, witches, and demigods.
Between raising very young kids, balancing homeschooling, and navigating a pandemic, it took 3.5 years to complete the first draft.
Thanks to the support of her husband, Storm and Flame finally made its debut in the world on Sept 22, 2022. Since then, she’s published two more books, completing her first trilogy. Currently, Mallory is drafting three different books, all in the world she created in Storm and Flame, as well as sporadically publishing episodes on Kindle Vella.