-SOME GIRLS BITE author Chloe Neill and I will be chatting tonight at 9 p.m. ET at The Knight Agency site. Here's the link that'll take you to the chat. Hope to "see" some of you there! (This just in: fantastic new Affaire de Coeur review for SOME GIRLS BITE, "I read a lot of vampire books; this one was a debut and a really good one with some unusual twists....This was an excellent version of a modern vampire tale, and I can't wait for the next one.")
-Interviewing Linda Gerber for her new release, DEATH BY DENIM, third in her DEATH BY series:
DEATH BY DENIM
Penguin Books For Young Readers
May 14, 2009
Aphra Connolly is being chased by some very dangerous people. She knows her survival depends upon staying far away from love interest Seth, and listening to her mom’s lectures on the finer points of anonymity and survival. But how is a girl supposed to live under the radar and not think about her boyfriend when she’s in Paris—the most romantic city in the world? When her mom’s contact in Paris is found floating in the Seine with a deadly message stuffed in his mouth, Aphra realizes that she will never be able to stop running unless she confronts the situation head-on. Sneaking away from her mom, Aphra tracks down the criminal mastermind in Italy, only to unwittingly reveal Seth’s location. And her mistake has just put them both in mortal danger. . . .
Interview with Linda Gerber
How many fingers would you use to count the books you've read more than three times? What books do you turn to time and again and why?
I’d probably have to use both hands and feet. Way back in grade school, I used to read WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND over and over again. By high school it was anything by Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer or Victoria Holt. I also read GONE WITH THE WIND at least three times, which is kind of weird, since it isn’t my favorite book. I just kept getting drawn back to it.
I don’t have as much time to re-read books lately (my TBR pile is ridiculous!) but the same thing that brought me back to those books creates new favorites for me now – characters I want to spend time with.
Have you ever fallen in love with a character (yours or someone else's)? How did that work out for you?
In love? I don’t know about that, but I will say that I was quite taken by Diana Gabaldon’s Jamie Frasier in the OUTLANDER series. *sigh*
Was there a pivotal moment in your writing or a single (or plural) epiphany that really changed or improved the way you write?
Well, being contracted to deliver a book within a certain amount of time had me completely rethinking the way I approached writing. I was much more of a “pantser” before – letting the characters kind of meander through the story until I discovered what it was that needed to happen. Now I have to have a concrete idea of how the book will go before I begin – especially for the ones I have sold on proposal. I’m still learning, though, so I’m sure the approach and method will continue to evolve.
I don't think any character really lives and breathes without quirks. Can you talk about that?
To me, quirks personalize characters. They are usually borne of some experience that makes the character who they are. Plus, quirks – whether they are endearing, silly or kind of creepy - make characters more interesting.
Do you ever fear that people you've known will read your work and see themselves in the characters you create?
Ha. Not yet. But just wait…
If you could meet any fictional character ever created, who would it be and why?
There are too many cool characters to choose from! I’d just like to have a huge character party and meet them all!
Check out Linda's blog tomorrow for a chance to win a signed copy of VAMPED! In fact, she has Freebie Friday every week, so swing by as often as you like. She's also hosting a swinging launch party on her blog May 14th, 15th and 15th, so check it out!
DEATH BY BIKINI - "Will capture mystery fans" - Booklist
DEATH BY LATTE - "Non-stop action and adventure" - YA Books Central
DEATH BY DENIM - "Heart pounding... taut suspense" - Booklist