Literary Swoon, Day Six: Shirley Marr

February 11, 2012 2012, australian authors, author interview, literary swoon, shirley marr, Wendy 18

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Shirley Marr
It may seem counter-intuitive to ask someone who had just the faintest hint of romance in her YA debut to participate in our Literary Swoon series, but Aussie author Shirley Marr is such a voracious reader that we had to ask this all-around cool chick what tickles her romantic fancy. Her answer may surprise you!

 Shirley Marr’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene

I’m a self-confessed “non-romantic” person, but if I had to choose, it would have to be THIS kissing scene from Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur. 

Billed as a “coming of age story for girls with no interest in being Pretty in Pink”, it’s totally me! I’m guilty of hiding under the covers like a little girl and flipping through the pages of this novel to read all the Ariel and Gaston bits! 

“I know,” I say to him.

“You know what?” asks Gaston.  
He kind of looms over me, but I’m not scared. In fact I feel totally in control.

“I know about you and Angie. How you went out. How you introduced her to Eric. It kills you, doesn’t it? Kill you to see them together–”

Then suddenly I’m run over by a truck.  
I’m slammed into a wall,  
I’m crushed by an elephant.  
What I’m trying to say is that Gaston kisses me.

The love story in this book turns me into mush. But shhh. Don’t spread. I’ve got a ice princess reputation to maintain.

PS – Gaston is Gaston in the Aussie version of this book, but he’s Dylan in the American version! 

Shirley Marr is a young adult author residing in Australia. Her debut novel Fury is fast becoming a bit of a cult classic and is very difficult to obtain, although you may apply to join the U.S. tour here! Shirley’s new YA novel Preloved, a paranormal ghost story, will be released on April 1, 2012.

Check out the rest of the Literary Swoon series! 

Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls
Gail Carriger, author of Soulless
Rebecca Lim, author of Mercy
Deborah Cooke, author of Flying Blind
Cynthia Hand, author of Unearthly
Shirley Marr, author of Fury 
Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium

Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood
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18 Responses to “Literary Swoon, Day Six: Shirley Marr”

  1. Savannah Valdez

    I have not read any books by this author but I need to now! I loved the book that she picked. Just that one sections makes me want to go and read the book!

  2. chachic

    Adding this one to my wishlist because it looks interesting and I like the scene that Shirley chose. Literary Swoon is a great way of celebrating Valentine’s. :)

  3. Rachel

    Oh my goodness *runs and adds to TBR*!! I think this is my favorite scene from the week of swoon. Of course it comes from the brilliant Shirley Marr!

    Wendy, these posts were a fabulous idea! Although, I come to expect nothing less from you! I’ve enjoyed them all. Thank you!

    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, I’m so glad you’re enjoying Literary Swoon week, Rachel! It’s been so much fun to put together. :) The authors’ choices have been really great.

  4. Amy

    I think I need to read this book!! I am a hopeless romantic so I adore lovey, gushy books. I haven’t heard of it before now.

  5. Flannery (The Readventurer)

    Sometimes I wonder why they change names from the Aussie to US versions but in this case, I kind of get it. (No one’s got a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston) That said, I want to read this book–the Aussie version, though:)

    • Wendy Darling

      I of COURSE thought the exact same thing when I read the excerpt from Shirley. “No one’s neck is as incredibly thick as Gaston’s!”

    • Wendy Darling

      Those Aussies seem to delight in taunting us with their delicious (and often unattainable) YA, Joy…so it’s no wonder to find them pimping yet another one! ;)

  6. Sam

    If this love story managed to turn Shirley Marr to mush, I guess it needs to go on my TBR. ;) Plus, I love that scene. Another great edition to your Literary Swoon series!