Sunday, October 24, 2010
Meet Us At The Crossroads Blog Tour - Day 9
You must have your hands full with being a literary agent, writer, & journeyman jeweler. Do you have a favorite?
It depends on the day. When that shiny new idea is calling to me, still full of possibilities and not giving me any grief whatsoever, I adore being a writer. Or when that awesome review comes in. When I’m struggling with a scene or a character just won’t behave…well, writing is the toughest job you’ll ever love. The only thing I love as much as my characters (and, of course, my family) is my authors. Working with the brilliant, creative people I represent is as much a dream come true as publication. My authors blow me away on a daily basis with their talent, determination and originality. Their triumphs feel like mine, and it’s a privilege to be part of all that. Journeyman jeweler… I enjoy making the jewelry, but that’s more of a hobby which has had to fall by the wayside to make time for everything else. Publishing is my obsession.
What made you want to write about vampires?
The funny thing is that I didn’t want to write about vampires. I wanted to write about Gina. That’s how it all starts for me – with character. Gina started talking in my head, a teen fashionista who wakes up to her own personal hell when she rises from the grave, totally ruining her manicure, to find that she’s become one of the undead, with no way to fix her hair and make-up. It was the concept of this high-maintenance mama having to cope with having her life…afterlife?...turned upside down that really appealed to me in Vamped. The best way to mess with Gina was to vamp her out.
I think that you never really know what a person is made of when things are going well. It’s when life (or death) comes at you that a person finds her inner strength or a table to hide under. Gina, as it turns out, is a kick-butt kinda gal, a natural born leader, who cares far more about other people than she’d like to admit, particularly Bobby, her hot geek boyfriend. In Revamped I had the chance to mess with her again. [Spoiler alert to book 1!] At the end of Vamped, the Feds have discovered Gina and her gang and made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. So Revamped sees my hero and heroine going undercover on their first assignment. Gina is forced go goth…no color palette to speak of, more chains than a bike rack, and don’t even get her started on the shoes. Among other things, like exactly what wickedness is stirring in the sleepy town of Wappingers Falls, NY, she learns that goths are people too. Only now she has to face the fear that her new-found friends know more about the insanity than they should.
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