Could you tell us a bit about – first as a writer, then as a reader – what the pull is for you when it comes to Paranormal/Supernatural characters & stories?
I have always loved genre fiction. I think part of the reason is that so much of it is metaphor for real life. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I adored back in the day, is my perfect example of this. We all know that high school is hell. But in BTVS, Sunnydale High was literally over the Hellmouth. Perfect. Plus I like to be scared; I like to read about things that go bump in the night. It’s often less scary than real life, if you want the truth! It was the obvious genre for me to write once I began writing.
Can you talk to us a bit about what’s next for you?
I’ve got a new series (well, 2 books at the moment) starting in 2013 from Soho Press’s new Soho Teen imprint. THE SWEET DEAD LIFE will be out in May and the follow up book, still to be titled, is slated for spring 2014. I’m so excited about these books! And they are definitely a bit of a departure from the ANASTASIA series. The cover copy describes it like this:
Fourteen-year-old Jenna Samuels is having a very bad 8th grade year. Her single mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was eight. Her 16-year-old brother, Casey, tries to hold what's left of the family together by working two jobs--difficult, as he's stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead. Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her. Beatified. Literally. The flab and zits? Gone. Weirder, he makes her feel better. Before long, Jenna figures out that Casey didn't survive the accident at all. He's an "A-word." (She can't bring herself to utter the truth.) Soon they both discover that Jenna isn't just dying: she's being poisoned. And Casey has been sent back to help solve the mystery that not only holds the key to her survival, but also to their mother's mysterious depression and father's disappearance.
Basically, it’s set in Texas and it’s a funny and bittersweet paranormal mystery.
And lastly, how about a fun question? Being that it’s the scariest time of the year – Halloween – what’s your favorite?
Scary Book: currently: the arc of SHADOWS by Ilsa J. Bick (eeeek!)
Scary Movie: The Shining – the older one with Jack Nicholson
Halloween Candy: mini Reese’s peanut butter cups
Costume from Halloween’s Past: Dare I say it? A hooker. Also, a little post Halloween, my evil mermaid costume that I wore for 3 days straight at our booth at Austin Comic Con. And a couple years ago, husband and I went to a party as Wash and Kaleigh from Firefly. And no one knew who we were… even when we explained.
Author: Joy Preble
Publisher: Sourcebooks, 304 Pages (August 1st, 2012)
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Synopsis: Is it possible to change the past?
No one ever knew what happened to her except her half-brother, Viktor--and he'll do anything to keep it that way.
She just wants a normal boyfriend, a normal family-no visions of the past, no evil mermaids, no Brotherhood trying to kill her. But Anne is not normal...and she's capable of a lot more than she thinks.
He's been eighteen for nearly a century, and finding Anne is the best thing that's ever happened to him. But the magic in his blood is turning darker, forcing him to wonder whether he's the most dangerous threat of all...
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How the Crossroads Tour Giveaway works
All the authors got together and decided, instead of each blog getting one or two titles to giveaway - they'd have a single grand prize - a real doozie. With that in mind each blogger is asked to encourage readers to answer the daily trivia/research question on the tour main page. (http://judithgraves.com/events/the-crossroads-tour/crossroads-2012/) At the end of the tour all answers have to be emailed to email@example.com by midnight on the 29th.
So, it's your job, to head over to the mail tour page I've linked above, read the question and go find the answer in the posts for that day. Make sure you get your answers in by the deadline - October 29th at Midnight!
Entries will be put in a drawing and a winner chosen randomly.
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The more questions you answer, the better, so be sure to check back each day!
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