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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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Life in Sales by Ann Patchet is a good read for anyone who is published and on the road touring to promote a book.

Loved her lead in: "A month of living in a suitcase, eating in airports, and cracking your forehead open against hotel-room walls in the middle of the night often comes to very little. But the only thing worse than going on book tour is not going."

How true!

Monday, January 26, 2009

2009 Debutants' Blog Tour

The tour is underway and gathering speed. Stacey Jay's You Are So Undead to Me(Jan.22nd.) is the first among about 40 debut middle grade and young adult novels you are going to hear about . . . a lot! Stacey will be here on Jan. 31st to talk about her book and maybe even reveal a small secret about herself. Come take a look next Saturday.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Interview 2

Thanks to Chandler Craig I have another interview online. The questions were great. The exchange between us super easy. Take a look at Interview 2. Hope it's interesting and enjoyable.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Self-Abuse

Since self-abuse is what Sliding on the Edge is about, I sometimes have a hard time answering questions like, "What inspired you to write your story?" Unfortunately, the fact that nearly 1 in 5 students at prestigious colleges report some form of purposeful injury, makes the hopeful word "inspired" inappropriate.

"Shocked into writing" the story is more like it. What can be wrong in a society that drives young people to cut, or burn, or inflict pain on themselves? What can be so terrible in their lives that makes the slice of a blade or the flame of a match preferable?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

One more thing

Take a look at what Sarah Ockler has done for the 2009 Debs. The Blog Tour should be fun when it starts.

Nicaragua

This is the break I really needed, and yet here I am at a computer. It's only been a week since we arrived in Nicaragua and already I've figured out how to re-connect with the world. It took a bit of doing. We had to ford a river and drive about an hour which if you've ever been to Nicaragua you'll know that that alone is a major challenge. The small four-room hotel is the only place for miles with internet connection.

Our days are mostly body surfing, reading, walking down to see the best sunsets ever, eating lots of lobster, and feeling not the least bit guilty about the sloth we easily settle into.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Publicity


Well, it's time to do a bit of "here it is." The book is close to coming out--April 24, 2009. Kind of a head rush for the writer who is now hammering away at more books and wondering if this is the course she should be taking in life. Too late? Hmmm.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

It's here!

Yep. 2009 has made its debut and already great new books are popping up on the shelves.Authors Now member, Courtney Summers' book is out. Congratulations on the debut of Cracked Up To Be, Courtney.