Priya Ardis and My Boyfriend Merlin

Today's guest is the debut author of a terrific fun YA spin on the Camelot myth. Priya Ardis' MY BOYFRIEND MERLIN is out now. Read on to find out about this cool re-imagining of modern-day Merlin and his ex-girlfriend!

: Tell us a little bit about My Boyfriend Merlin.

Priya: My Boyfriend Merlin is a YA paranormal romance set in today’s world. Merlin goes to high school to recruit Candidates to pull the sword from the stone—one of them his girlfriend.

In this modern Arthurian, 17-year-old student president Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac finds out her badass biker boyfriend, Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons.

In fact, he is really Merlin--the Merlin, King Arthur's Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. But Ryan's not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she'd rather kick his legendary behind.

Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?

But don’t let me just tell you—watch the “If you can’t trust your boyfriend, who can you trust?” book trailer for My Boyfriend Merlin on youtube.

Simone: What inspired you to write such a clever twist to the Arthur story?

Priya: I’ve grown up reading a lot of sword and sorcery. One of my favorites is the young-adult Alanna series by Tamora Pierce. However, I love romance and have been a long time member of RWA. Recently with all the great YA books, I really wanted to tell a coming-of-age story. I thought—hey, why not a modern Merlin? After all Merlin can handle everything, but can he handle being a teenager? Even the most powerful wizard in the world has relationship trouble.

Simone: What is your writing schedule like?

Priya: I’m a write-a-holic. I usually sit at a coffee shop (my office), have a latte, and type away. Once I start I don’t get up for several hours. Usually once I stop, I’m done for the day. But when a story really gets flowing, I tend to write in whatever pocket of time I can find.

Simone: Describe your favorite reading spot.

Priya: I’ve always had this romantic notion to read on a cushioned window seat on a rainy day with my favorite throw. Of course, I don’t have a window seat. But lucky there are enough rainy days and my comfy throw…not to mention some pumpkin spice tea.

Simone: What inspires you daily?

Priya: I’m inspired everyday by stepping outside my house and having the freedom to get in my car and go. There are many places in the world where that in itself is a major challenge—especially for a woman. (I’ve been to a few of those places! And another reason why my books have strong female leads.) That’s why I usually write at a coffee house--not only is the energy great, but getting out really helps me focus.

Simone: What are the three best books you've read lately?

Priya: I’m tearing through the Vampire Academy series. It has to be the best series I’ve read in awhile. I also finished up Nalini Singh’s third Archangel book. Although adult paranormal the series has been excellent. I just started Craved by Stephanie Nelson, also a YA paranormal, and it’s really fun. I saw that the Haunting of Maddy Clare is coming out in March 2012. Congrats, Simone! It looks like a really cool book. Modern ghost-busting. Love it.

Simone: Thanks! What is your favorite aspect of the Arthurian legends?

Priya: I love the idea of Camelot, the chivalry, and have a morbid fascination with how everything imploded in Camelot through the decisions of characters. I see a lot of very relatable aspects wrapped up in this familiar legend—teamwork (the Knights), idealism (Arthur), mentorship (Merlin), ambition (Arthur & Merlin), jealousy, and love. In My Boyfriend Merlin, this is what I try to bring out. I do have an element of Arthur-Lancelot-Guinevere…I just couldn’t help it! I do write YA. Love triangles are us. Mine has a twist so hopefully it’s not too much of an old trope.

Simone: What's next for you?

Currently, I am finishing up the next book in the My Merlin series to be released in late March. In My Boyfriend Merlin, Ryan really comes a long way but there are plenty of challenges ahead. Book 2 asks—If you haven’t broken the rules, have you really lived? So stay tuned!

Contact information:

Website: http://www.priyaardis.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/priyaardis
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/priyaardis
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/priyaardis
Blog: http://merlinblogs.priyaardis.com/

Thanks, Priya! So, today's question - if you could make one magic spell, what would it be? (And "world peace" doesn't count - we'll assume we'd all pick that one, lol!)


  1. Good Morning and welcome to GLIAS, Priya!

    It's exciting to see your book. Sounds great. A question for you...the young adult age of reader for My Boyfriend Merlin should be______ ???

    And one magic spell... I think I'd really like to have the ability to do more than one thing at a time. Sort of like Micky Mouse in the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Let the real me write and I'd love the brooms & mops & rags & sponges & lawnmowers & laundry to just magically be all done. :-)


  2. Priya, welcome to Get Lost in a Story! I'm constantly amazed at the twist people come up with to write their amazing novels. My Boyfriend Merlin. Wow. As a Camelot fan, I am so buying this book! Best wishes and thanks for talking to us at GLIAS!

  3. Hi Priya. Love the idea for this story, I really need to get it downloaded to my Kindle ASAP!

    My spell would probably be for more writing hours in the day. WIth working the day job, trying to find time to exercise or work out daily, the writing time seems to dwindle away to a minute fraction of time. So a way to stretch that time out more would be great.

    Congratulations on the release, Priya!

  4. Hello,

    Thanks for letting me hang out on Get Lost in a Story! It's was a lot of fun doing the interview.

  5. @Angi - My Boyfriend Merlin is pretty much suited for 12-13 onwards at this point. I see Book 2 getting a little steamier but still well within the YA age range. It's tough to draw the age lines since kids seem so mature these days!

  6. A magic spell. Is there one for translating the whole story in my head into words? Oh, wait. That's the fun part of writing (as well as the toughest part)...I take it back.

    Like Angi and Hermione Granger I would love to have a time-turner spell-- the ability to be in two places at once sounds fantastic. Life is so fast! Can you believe it's 2012? Happy New Year!

  7. @Donnell Thanks for the compliment! Glad to meet a fellow Arthurian. I just love retellings too! Hope you enjoy My Boyfriend Merlin!

  8. @KathyIvan Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Ha Ha. I think everyone wants the same spell. My new year's resolution is also to work out more...all those pumpkin goodies during the holidays are catching up with me.

  9. Hi Priya,

    Your book sounds very interesting. Would it be appropriate for a 13 year old?