New Book Deal Announced! Introducing HEARTLESS

Posted on: 25th Sep 2013  /   Categorized: Heartless

If you weren’t on Twitter tonight you may not know that I got to announce some BIG NEWS at the first Fierce Reads event: My new book deal has been announced!




Teaser summary: A prequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” HEARTLESS will tell the tale of how a marquis’s teenage daughter became the infamous Queen of Hearts. It will be a story of whimsy and madness, passion and tragedy, ravens and writing desks.




I’ll post the “official” Publisher’s Weekly deal announcement when I have it. Until then . . . have some Q&A:


Is this the Super Secret Nano Project of 2012?

Yes! Yes it is! Here, have some 10-month-old and no-longer-entirely-accurate statistics:


When will it be released?

HEARTLESS is tentatively scheduled to release in the fall of 2015 – after WINTER.


Where did you get the idea?

I absolutely loved Wicked by Gregory Maguire – both the book and the musical. A few years ago, right after Cinder sold, I was having lunch with my agent and talking about fairy tale retellings. I brought up Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and mentioned that I thought it would be awesome of Mr. Maguire told the story of the Queen of Hearts. My foreign rights agent—smart cookie that she is—said, “Well, why don’t you write it?”


And I thought, Challenge Accepted.


Will it be a stand-alone or the start of a series?

Right now I’m pretty sure it will only be a stand-alone, although I’m trying to keep my mind open for possible companion titles in the future. That said, the book that will follow HEARTLESS, for which I have a few ideas, will almost certainly kick off a new series.


Do you have a Pinterest inspiration board?

Oh good heavens, do I ever!


Will the book include other beloved Wonderland characters?

Absolutely, but I can’t tell you who, or what role they’ll play. That said, the fore-mentioned Pinterest board gives a few hints.


What is the queen’s name?

Miss Catherine Cordula, daughter of the Marquis of Rock Turtle Cove. (Subject to change.)


Have you ever cosplayed the Queen of Hearts?

Yes! Yes I have! In college I dressed up as the Queen for a Halloween group costume contest. (Hint: We won. Bam.) I’ll try to find a picture when I get home from tour.


Does your Mom collect “Alice in Wonderland” stuff and have an honest-to-goodness “Alice in Wonderland” Christmas tree every year?

Why, as a matter of fact, she does! (See where I get it from?) I’ll try to get pictures of that too.


Anything else to add?

I’m crazy-mad about this story, you guys, and cannot wait for you to read it! *squishes all the readers*


  1. Jessica commented on:

    This book sounds really awesome! I’m really excited to read it when it releases! 🙂

  2. Guiss Silva commented on:

    This book sounds pretty interesting, I can’t wait to read it. I’ve been a fan since your days of Sailor Moon Fanfiction. Greetings from Costa Rica!

  3. Li commented on:

    Its great to see authors express this much fun and excitement,It attracts. Did you buy the costume?

  4. Jessica O'Donnell commented on:

    So excited, I will read anything and everything you write!! You are definitely one of my favorite authors so excited to read this, Cress and Winter and novellas in between 🙂 I love fairytale retellings!

    By the way, the link to the pinterest board takes you to your pinterest page, I can’t find the board for Heartless.

    Thanks for answering questions!

    – Jessica

  5. Marissa commented on:

    Thanks, Jessica, the Pinterest link should work now.

    Li, my mom made the costume – actually, she made all the costumes. Because she’s amazing. ^_^

  6. Annabelle commented on:

    Oh my god, yay! I’m so happy for you! And for us! ♥
    I’m also really, really glad it’s being released after Winter. I might die otherwise.

  7. Philistine B. Ayad commented on:

    Woot! I can’t wait!

  8. Shay commented on:

    That is awesome!! I love the idea of the queen of hearts!! So excited!!! It’s a cool coincidence that was already being the queen of hearts for Halloween this year!

  9. Matthew Keenan commented on:

    I cannot fully describe how OVERLY ECSTATIC I am to hear about this! This gives us all even MORE to look forward to! Will we get any kind of Cinder movie updates anytime soon? What’s going on with that? Cress is going to kill me! I just can’t wait another 5 months! Thank you for giving me a series to race about from the very beginning! (I read Cinder the first week it came out) LOVE YOU!

  10. Lisa Carey commented on:

    Congratulations again Marissa!! Didn’t you have an Alice and Wonderland Bridal Shower? I am pretty sure if I recall right I saw some pictures 🙂 This book will be amazing just like the other, but I am guessing Alice in Wonderland is very dear to your heart.

  11. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas commented on:

    That’s so awesome Marissa! Congrats! I love Wonderland related stories, so I’m super excited! More like uber excited since I’m already dying to read Cress and Winter.

  12. Kelley (Another Novel Read) commented on:

    Ahhh, I am so excited! This book sounds awesome — what a fantastic idea! And I’m so glad that after The Lunar Chronicles is over (although that thought makes me quite weepy), I’ll have more Marissa Meyer goodness to look forward to!

  13. Valeria Andrea commented on:

    Oh god, this is amazing! You may ask “Are you a fan of mine & absolutely love The Lunar Chronicles?” Why, yes! You are absolutely right.
    You perhaps think “Dear, you can’t wait for this to be out, can you?” Nope. No, no, no.

    Just, one thing.Foreign rights agent? Is that… a thing? Because I like how that sounds…

  14. Karen commented on:

    Eep! Sounds amazing!! Can’t wait!

  15. Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile commented on:

    This is so freakin’ exciting!

  16. Madara commented on:

    Exciting! I totally adore Alice in Wonderland so this will be totally amazing as well <3 Can't wait for it! (=

  17. Doll commented on:

    Yay! Congrats!! I’m a big fan of your books and I also love Alice in Wonderland, so Heartless sounds like a dream to me!! Can’t wait to read the story of the Queen of Hearts, I’m sure it’s going to be awesome! *_*

  18. Liz DeJesus commented on:

    OMG I can’t wait to read this book!!!! 😀 *happy dance*

  19. Ashley commented on:

    My inner fan girl is freaking out!

  20. JZ commented on:

    OMG I’M SO EXCITED!! I’m absolutely OBSESSED with Alice In Wonderland, so I’m hoping that Heartless will be a mind-blowing story! Getting curiouser and curiouser about it after viewing the Pinterest board ;D

  21. Rose's Book Corner commented on:

    Oohh how exciting!!! I can’t wait to read this!!!

  22. Rachel Pieters commented on:

    OMG Marissa! You crack me up every time! Plus I’m super stoked about Heartless! I was like, oh, that will be interesting, because I love hearing stories retold, but then I went to your Pinterest board. THEN I was like “WOW!” This book is going to be amazing! VERY inspiring!! (I am curious about the shell picture, though.)

  23. Anne Marie Corey commented on:


    I’m so excited for you! What a delicious story idea. I’m a big fan of Wicked as well and can’t wait to see what you’ve done with the Queen of Heart character.

  24. Loie commented on:

    Yaaay Marissa! Cannot wait to read it 🙂

  25. Stacy Teitel commented on:

    “Does your Mom collect “Alice in Wonderland” stuff and have an honest-to-goodness “Alice in Wonderland” Christmas tree every year?”

    That question was definitely floating in my mind! LOL!

    Congratulations on the book deal! Recently started reading the Lunar Chronicles and I love your work. I also love fairytale re-tellings. This is the start of a beautiful fanship. *squish*

  26. Christine Monson commented on:

    I’m super Psyched! Alice In Wonderland is one of my all-time favorite stories. Congratulations on the news and thank you for sharing it with us. Yay!

  27. Alexandra commented on:

    i can’t wait for it to be released! i love alice in wonderland and fairy tale re-tellings. i wish your books were released earlier! ):

  28. Alazia commented on:

    Yes! Finally some justice the amazing Red Queen and in your version!! Well now I know what else is going to my 2015 list! 😀

  29. Nai-Eri commented on:

    Super excited because 1) your secret project it’s no longer a secret and 2) I LOVE ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

    I can’t wait to read this and want to score am ARC once they’re available 😀 I have no doubt I’ll love it because Cinder and Scarlet have not disappointed and your writing skills are amazing. Of course, what we know about the book sounds very interesting that even if I didn’t know about you, I’d want to know more.

    I sincerely hope you keep writing for years to come.

  30. Denise commented on:

    How exciting! Can’t wait to read it!

  31. Leslie S. Rose commented on:


  32. Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings commented on:

    Sounds so fantastic! I’ll be seeing you at your stop here in AZ. Looking forward to some more Q&A then. 🙂

  33. Kasey commented on:

    Yay! So exciting. I just finished Cinder yesterday, and I’m excited to read Scarlet and know there will be more amazing fairy-tale-esque stories coming soon! Congrats!

  34. Katie @ Doing Dewey commented on:

    This is so awesome! I love the unique spin you put on re-tellings and can’t wait to see what you do with this story 🙂

  35. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads commented on:

    I absolutely love Wicked! So this makes me extremely excited! 🙂 It sounds like it’s going to be a great book!

  36. Karen commented on:

    Congratulations! I’m actually writing to tell you I was watching the sitcom The Neighbors and was tickled that one of the characters (Jackie, the alien mom) was reading your second book, Scarlet. The episode is called September Fools and is available on for free for about a month. It happens about 8 minutes into the episode. (If you have a chance, let me know if you watched it. As a fellow author, I often dream about seeing a character on a TV show reading one of my books!)

  37. Em commented on:

    I can’t wait!

  38. Adele commented on:

    OMG! It looks so amazing! The title is like perfect.

  39. Eddie commented on:

    HEARTLESS IS GOING TO BE FANTASTIC! Marissa Meyer has already proven to me that she can retellings in such a way that is interesting and fun to read. Heartless is going to be fun.

  40. LiamZee commented on:


  41. Ismael commented on:

    I’m really late to find about these, but I’m super hyped. Peter Pan would be a great companion novel for this too 🙂

  42. Romy commented on:

    Is it still part tof the lunar chronicals?

  43. Beatrice commented on:


  44. Jojo commented on:

    I seriously thought about a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and i was like, holy cow, Marissa Meyer should so totally write one!!!!

  45. Kaethe Sigelko commented on:

    Do you know what date in the fall this book will be coming out? Because, I hope to get it before it’s too late. I can always buy it, but I’m not sure how much that would cost me, and how much I need. I have book #2, but I need the other 2 books in order to read the whole trilogy back to back.

  46. Sherry ♫ commented on:

    Can’t wait for Heartless! Your my favorite author 😀

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  48. Your Name commented on:

    Dear Marissa,

    I loved you Lunar Chronicles and can’t wait for Winter. Heartless sounds sooo cool. Maybe you could retell all of the antagonists stories from different fairytales.

    P.S Any writing tips? (Im on wattpad)

  49. Andi commented on:

    OMG I can’t wait for winter!!! I want to read it so bad! I heard Cinder will be a movie. Heartless sounds so cool! You are so awesome!!!

  50. Bar caspin commented on:

    Do you think you’re going to display the mad hater in the story.i think it would be funny if you would make him the queens boyfriend and that they were meant to be she had a big head and he made hats

  51. Bar caspin commented on:

    If you make a trailer to winter like you did to cress I think that a really good song for it would be centuries by fall out boys.youre such an amazing author and I’m sure of it that this book will be a huge sucsses like the rest of your books looking forward to reading it

  52. Bar caspin commented on:

    And the mad hatter is not able to see her because she’s a princess so that’s why he goes crazy

  53. Bar caspin commented on:

    And Alice is her long lost sister that they love more than her so the queen kills her parents then try’s to kill her sister but she runs away

  54. Kathryn Alley commented on:

    So excited! And I love the name choice!!!

  55. Lydia commented on:

    I’m currently reading WINTER, and I absolutely love it. I can’t WAIT for HEARTLESS!

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  57. Veronica Jackson commented on:

    I love Alice in Wonderland and have t-shirts, mugs, nick knacks, the while kitten caboodle. And I think it is the best book in the entire world! I have complete faith in Marissa Meyer’s writing, and I loved every little thing she writes and buy like the first copy and Barnes and Noble’s right when it’s in stores. She has an amazing ability of transporting me into a world of love and excitement when I read any of her books. I am dying of thinking about the waiting I’ll have to do until HEARTLESS comes out!!!
    . .

  58. Scoochy commented on:

    Yay I can’t wait! Do any of the charactors from the Lunar Chronicles appear in this one? ‘Cause that would totally ROCK!

  59. Breanna commented on:

    Eep, I must get Heartless! Huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles, read ALL of them. (**fangirl**) I hope that the stories become movies. I’m reading the books to my little sister, and she loves them. I would LOVE a sequel to the Lunar Chronicles, too! What happens to the Rampion’s crew in the aftermath?

  60. Hannah commented on:

    My friends and I are total fans of the Lunar Chronicled and Marissa. We’ve been talking about the release all the time. I can’t wait!!!!!!!

  61. Olivia commented on:

    I love the lunar chronicles they are my favorite books I am putting Heartless on my must read list

  62. Katherine commented on:

    I just finished Heartless and I LOVED it! Please tell me there are going to be more books. The journey of Cath going through Chess to become queen would be so amazing !!! I’m dying over here if there isn’t a sequel.

  63. Madison commented on:

    I read it and loved it, althogh I really want it to be the start of a series (if you decide to make it a series please bring Jest back. And find a way for Catherine to get her heart back so that she will be able to love him again) I loved Jest and Catherine. They were awesome people and I hope to see them together again.( I believe that not than six impossible things can happen before breakfast!)

  64. Madison commented on:

    I want Cath and Jest to go through Chess together! I want to see him come back and I want to see both of them fall in love again! Please! Please! Please!

  65. Madison commented on:

    I want Cath and Jest to go through Chess together! I want to see him come back and I want to see both of them fall in love again! Please! Please! Please!

  66. Jessica commented on:

    OMG, I read the story and it was soo good. Like there is a really big plot twist in the end , and I think it should be a series because this book is soo good

  67. Jamie miller commented on:

    I loves this book! I love Jest. You should write a squeal to it. Having Alice come and some how make it all right with the Queen of Hearts and her true love!!! Please please and please. I love how you twist theses stories. Let this one have a happy ending

  68. Juli commented on:

    What’s next after Heartless???

  69. Sandra C. commented on:

    I wish there was an alternative ending for Heartless, that ending and those last chapters definitely got me to the edge of my seat and then pushed me right off a cliff. ;-; I really love Jest and my heartaches from just thinking about him… please write more ♡♡♡ OH OR ABOUT HIS/HATTA’S CHILDHOOD like in Stars Above owo

  70. Carly commented on:

    Please, please write an alternate ending to Heartless, or a sequel! Since Wonderland is such a place where impossible things happen, certainly a Heartless sequel could pick up after Through the Looking Glass perhaps? Or just as a side story to Alice and Wonderland? I am soooooo sad and it could be such a great story!!

  71. Kennedy commented on:

    Do u know what would make me the happiest fan girl ever?!?! More to the Lunar Chronicals!! Maybe a spin off series or more books in the series! Idc! I would just love more. I think u kinda left us readers hanging at the end of Winter and I know lots of other fans would LOVE more the Lunar Chronicals. With Cinder and Kai were talking about having the ppl of Luna vote for there Queen and about Cinder being w Kai and everything else that they talked about I just, almost in tears. I was like “this cannot be the last one. There has got to be more in this series or at least a spin off series. I was so sad and still am about this series ending. You are one of my favorite authors ever and this is one of my favorite series ever. I would absolutely LOVE more Lunar Chronicals. Because w out more of these books I don’t know what to do w my life!!!

  72. Elodie commented on:

    Will it ever be made into a movie??

  73. Cassandra Kinton commented on:


    What is Jest’s full name? I love him so much, by the way, thanks for his prosperous future. (Just kidding, I love you! 🙂

  74. Dania Santana commented on:

    I loved this book. It gave me a different perspective of the Queen of Hearts. But I was so sad towards the end since I knew Cath would become the Queen. Please bring Jest back. So he and Cath could have a happy ending. Thanks.

  75. Courtney Morgan commented on:

    My heart! I am completely crushed! Please please please, on behalf of your fans, write an alternative (happy) ending or a sequel! BRING JEST BACK. Impossibility is his specialty, after all 🙂 I know that there are many cool ways to incorporate his return and continuing love story with Cath in a place as magical as wonderland! PLEASE!

  76. Alexis Bailey commented on:

    O god that book made me cry! Why Jest ?! YOU NEED TO MAKE ANOTHER BOOK! If you don’t I am going to die!

  77. Kitt Olszewski commented on:

    *crying, slowly dying inside* why Jes7????? whyyyyyyyyy…. i was like, ohhh adorable romance s7ory! NO! now im all sad and s7uff….. srsly 7ho…… rela7able……

  78. -A sad reader commented on:

    Marissa, I finished heartless today and had to explain why I was crying in the bathroom to my teacher today….it was an amazing book.

  79. commented on:

    I would love it if marissa would make another book about heartless with her new ideas I’ve heard of and in fact I heard that they might make a movie out of the book with cast Emma Watson.

  80. commented on:

    Please please make a SEQUEL MARISSA PLEASE WERE ALL DYING HERE!!!!!!!!



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