I'm terribly excited to welcome one of my Class of 2k10 friends back to the blog, Jeri Smith-Ready! Jeri is celebrating the release of the anthology ENTHRALLED, which came out September 18th. Jeri also dropped by for a quick interview (below) and gives The Best Author Advice Ever!
ABOUT THE BOOK
ENTHRALLED: PARANORMAL DIVERSION, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
This collection of original paranormal YA short stories grew out of the 2010 Smart Chicks Kick It Tour, a multiauthor, multicity, author-organized tour of the US and Canada. With it, these 16 authors hoped to bring a little taste of the Smart Chicks experience to readers everywhere.
Contributors to ENTHRALLED:
Sarah Rees Brennan
Mary E. Pearson
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
ABOUT THE STORY “BRIDGE”
In the world of the SHADE novels, everyone seventeen and under can see and hear ghosts, but no one else can. So when Logan Keeley dies and his eighteen-year-old brother Mickey blames himself, they can’t ease each other’s pain or reconcile their rage. Over the course of SHADE and SHIFT, Mickey sinks into a near-suicidal depression over Logan’s death.
“Bridge” is the story, told in free verse, of how two brothers, with the help of a stranger, forge the chasm between them to find a lasting peace.
“A solid collection of stories...Sarah Rees Brennan's ‘Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road’ follows a vampire in a boy-band and stands out with its perfect blend of snark and sincerity. It's followed in a one-two punch by Jeri Smith-Ready's intense and earnest ‘Bridge.’...This collection is ideal as a sampler tray for paranormal readers looking to pick up new authors to follow or to further explore the fictional worlds they already know. —Kirkus Reviews
A standout among the many paranormal-themed anthologies. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Recommended review)
Constellation Books (signed by Jeri): http://www.constellationbooks.com/book/v/9780062015785
On 12:01am eastern time, Tuesday September 20, the lyrics to a song Logan wrote for Aura (mentioned in SHADE) will be posted here: http://blog.jerismithready.com/2011/09/lyrics-to-logans-song-forever.html
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. Her nine published books include two series for adults and the SHADE trilogy for teens, about a world of ghosts only the young can see, which concludes May 2012 with SHINE. Like many of her characters, Jeri enjoys music, movies, and staying up very, very late. Visit her at www.jerismithready.com, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JeriSmithready) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/jsmithready), where she spends way too much time. Logan himself can be found on Twitter @keeley_logan, as can his rival/”brother-in-pulp,” Zachary Moore (@moore_zachary). The boys love to chat with each other and with their real-life fans.
1. Tell me about your story in seven words or less.
Ghosts, music, brothers, forgiveness, redemption, free verse.
2. Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours
in your story and why?
I love Logan’s sister Siobhan. She just is who she is and never tries to be anything else. I would love to be so comfortable in my skin.
3. What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
Once you submit a book for publication, get to work on the next one—and NOT a sequel to the one you just let go. For several reasons:
1. It helps you distance yourself emotionally from the book you submitted. If it gets rejected, it’ll hurt less, and if it’s accepted, you’ll be able to revise it with a clearer head.
2. If the editor likes your writing in general but for can’t or won’t buy that particular manuscript, they might ask, “What else do you have?” You should have an answer ready, other than “Um, nothing,” or “Um, I have two sequels to that book you don’t want.”
3. Most important, whenever you tackle a new world or set of characters, your storytelling will take a quantum leap in strength and quality.
4. What did you write when you were a teen? Did you journal? Write poetry? Write overly literary or emotional stories? Or avoid writing altogether?
I pretty much just wrote for class assignments, but I was very good at fit. I didn’t decide I wanted to be a writer until I was in my twenties.
5. What's the last book you read that you really loved?
I just finished Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER trilogy. So many tears! I’m a sucker for any writing that truly understands music and the power it has.
I also just read an ARC for INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows, a unique fantasy also infused with music. It blew me away on every level, mind, heart and soul. That one comes out on January 31.
Thanks for stopping by, Jeri, and all the best with ENTHRALLED and your SHADE series!!!