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GCC Interview with Jeri Smith-Ready

Jeri Smith-Ready's YA debut SHADE is out today from Simon Pulse!  If you haven't already seen it, she's over on John Scalzi's Whatever blog today!

About the Book:

Love ties them together.
Death can't tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn't help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.


About the Author:

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and the world’s goofiest greyhound.

Jeri's plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late.

Praise for SHADE:

Shade is a hauntingly good story and an intriguing beginning to a new series. Jeri Smith-Ready proves again why she is one of my very favorite reads! — PC Cast, New York Times-bestselling author of the House of Night series

“The perfect combination of mystery, ghosts and romance, Shade left me breathless.” — Lisa Schroeder, author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me and Chasing Brooklyn

Interview with Jeri Smith-Ready:

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):
1st in worldwide generation of ghost-seers, 16-yo Aura's relationship w/the living & the dead changes when her boyfriend dies & becomes a ghost.

If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?

String cheese. Silly and fun, yet pleasant and mild.

What about your main character(s) and why?
Aura’s more of a sharp cheddar. Bold and a little bitter.

Do you think in themes?  If so, what’s the theme of your new novel?
I don’t usually think in themes until I’m doing a third or fourthdraft.  Up to that point, I’m just trying to tell a story with a
beginning, middle, and end.  I think SHADE is primarily about love and loyalty and the price they exact.

What piece of fiction or non-fiction did you not write but wish you had?
I wish I’d written the owner’s manual for my cell phone, because then I’d probably understand it.

Do you want to pimp any contests or other guest appearances here?
This past Sunday I  discussed the making of the SHADE soundtrack over at Amberkatze’s Book Blog
Music is such an important part of my books, so it was fun to explain how it inspired the writing of SHADE, as well as how I built the final soundtrack, which can be found at

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