“I decided I was going to write this book, and I had always wanted to write,” Liu said. “I think I lost my mind, because I wrote this book in a month. I did nothing else other than sending out job applications, and I did it. Then I spent the next couple of months revising it, then I sold it. I got rejected 20 times, but the last publisher that I sent it to was the one that bought it. I sold a book and I had a choice; practice law and write one book a year, or literally speed things up and push my career as a writer faster. I decided to write full time. I wrote 2-3 books a year for three years. I started to write X-Men comics, and they told me they liked the work I did.”
Marjorie is widely renowned for her romance novels, and a fan of them asked about the general appeal of romance.
“I think that romance novels answer a very profound hunger within people, specifically women,” Liu said. “There”s a reason why it”s a billion dollar market.”
She went on to say relationships can be hard, and romance novels offer an idealized vision of a perfect relationship.
“It”s really fun, and happy endings are fun,” Liu said. “Even if you have a great relationship. Even if you”re totally in love with your partner, romance novels are fun because you”re still reading about people falling in love. You”re reading about the first tension between a man and a woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman about the first steps of their relationship. This is what we love. We love reading about love.”
She continues on speaking out about her “Hunter Kiss” novel series and if it will ever be adapted as a graphic novel.
“There was discussion of that a couple years ago, but it didn”t go anywhere,” Liu said. “My hope is that one day there”ll be a 'Hunter Kiss' graphic novel series.”
The rest of the question-and-answer session dealt with Liu giving various audience members advice on how to handle their own writing, from decompressing to working through writer”s block.
She also explained why the last issue of “X-23” was devoid of dialogue. “I chose that deliberately,” Liu said, noting that “silence made perfect sense” for the character.
“I couldn't think of a better way to end that series, she said. “Then also Phil (Noto) is an amazing artist, I felt like a silent issue… he can do it. That for me, that was also a way for him to give his last touch on the series, because his art was so fantastic that nothing else needed to be said. Honestly, a lot of the issues that he did, there wasn”t a need for the dialogue because his art spoke perfectly. I wanted to give that to Phil, but I [also] wanted to give that to the character.”