Saturday, January 31, 2009
Stacey Jay Interview
You Are So Undead to Me is a quirky, eerie undead romance that is a "must read" for 2009.
After reading the description, this is what I wondered. How can a zombie be even close to average? How can social life even be a part of her vocabulary? You have to read Stacey Jay's book to find out.
About You Are So Undead to Me
Megan Berry's social life is so dead. Literally. Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people. All Megan wants is to be normal--and go to homecoming. But someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it's looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party--the bloody kind.
About Stacey Jay
Stacey Jay is a workaholic with three pen names, four kids, and a decidedly macabre sense of humor. She loves zombies, creepies, crawlies, blood, guts, gore, and of course, romance. "You are So Undead to Me", Stacey's debut paranormal Young Adult Romance featuring Zombie Settler, Megan Berry will be a January 22nd 2009 release from Razorbill books.
Here's what Stacey has to say about a few things this blogger asked.
Did you set out to write a paranormal YA romance or did it sneak up on you?
I set out to write it, like a hobbit embarking on a great quest...or something like that. I love reading paranormal YA and I've written a lot of romance in the past so I figured it would be a lot of fun to try my hand at blending the two.
Which of your characters would you most like to hang out with?
Monica, weirdly enough, the bitchy older nemesis. Underneath all her nasty is a very cool girl who is funny, smart, and would probably be a great friend.
Is there any deep, dark secret childhood experience that serves as a well for your paranormal plot or characters?
Wow...very interesting question. Actually...I can't believe I'm confessing this...but I used to see auras around people when I was very little. Kind of a faint light in different colors, particularly around their heads and chests. Weird, I know, but I thought it was normal until I was five or six. Then, by the time I realized how weird it was, the colors went away. (Thank god, I was weird enough in Junior High as it was.)
But I guess that created an interest in paranormal phenomenon and a willingness to consider things outside the realm of common experience.
Are there any topics you'd never want to write about?
There are probably some topics I wouldn't enjoy writing about, but I never say never. Sometimes the things you don't enjoy can be the most powerful. Still, I can probably say I'll never write a Christmas cookie cookbook. I am a very poor baker. My sugar cookies last year looked like sugar muffins and had a very displeasing texture. My children weren't happy with them, even with extra sprinkles on top.
If Megan Berry could marry, what would her wedding invitation look like. What would the guests read? (Hmmm. Who would the guests be?)
She's only fifteen, so it's hard to think of getting her hitched so soon! But, if she could have her say, I'm sure she'd want to say her "I do's" with Ethan, the hero of YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME. He's also a zombie Settler, so maybe they'd do something cute and gothic with the invitations and hold it in a cemetery late at night with all their Settler friends and family in attendance.
Find out more about You Are So Undead to Me and the author Stacey Jay at her website. Be sure to order your copy and find a nice dark, safe place to read uninterrupted.