I'm excited to welcome another member of the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit today! Lucienne Diver's newest release, Fangtabulous is just out and it looks so great! If you're also a writer, make sure to read on all the way to the interview, as Lucienne is also a literary agent and she has some great writing advice!
Gina Covello and her band of federal fugitives are on the run after taking down a secret (and sinister) government facility. Strapped without cash or credit cards—a fate worse than death for Gina—the rebels must find a place to lay low. They roll into Salem, Massachusetts, the most haunted town in America and the only place they have friends flying under the radar. But within a day, Gina and her gang are embroiled in a murder mystery of the supernatural kind.Someone—or something—is strangling young women, and it's rumored to be the ghost of Sheriff Corwin, late of the Salem Witch trials. Is it the ghostly Sheriff or is someone on this side of the veil using the famous story as a cover up? Gina is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, and she needs to do it before a paranormal reporter on the scene exposes them for what they are...fanged federal fugitives.
Rave Reviews:“Another amusing romp in the series, this installment also sees its hardy heroine beginning to mature, adding further dimension to her character. Reminiscent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, Gina never fails to deliver the goods.”
“Diver spins an action-packed story that is filled with humor. Gina is a sassy heroine who tackles issues and challenges with proper vampire style.”
—School Library Journal
“Diver successfully creates a vampire teen who is active and assertive and has no time for angst. Gina has a biting, sarcastic voice that makes the Vamped books quick and entertaining reads.”
“There is enough grit and wit in this installment to keep adults engaged, as well as plugged-in co-eds. So take a fabulous spin. And stay tuned for book #4, Fangtabulous”
Welcome, Lucienne! Can you tell me about your book in seven words or less.
Vamp girl goes to Salem. Spirits rise.
Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
I love my hero, Bobby, who’s like a young Zac Efron meets my husband. I’m pretty hard on him in this book, and he and my heroine, Gina, are severely tested. You’ll have to let me know how they do! (Oh, shameless self-promo moment, the latest book in the Vamped series is called Fangtabulous and is available now!)
What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
Writing is work as much as it’s fun, enervating as much as energizing. Don’t let the self-doubt demons get to you. Difficult doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. Some things will come more easily to you than others, but you have to master all aspects of the craft, which means that other things you’ll wrestle like your hero or heroine does the villain of your piece. It will get easier with practice.
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 did all of the above (except avoid writing). I wrote really bad poetry and kept a journal when I was especially emotional about something. I wrote stories, but they weren’t ready for primetime. I think that first I had to work out the kinks and the clichés so that I could move on to the next level.
What's the last book you read that you really loved?
Luckily, I’m a literary agent, so I read books that I love every day and get to help see them onto the bookstore shelves! In young adult, this includes Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series, Rosemary Clement-Moore’s gothics, like The Splendor Falls, Brimstone and Texas Gothic, Molly Cochran’s paranormals Legacy and Poison and Chloe Neill’s work. I wish I had more time to read the wonderful books out on the market, but I can tell you that Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers was recommended to me last year by one of my authors (Amy Christine Parker whose wonderful debut YA Gated comes out in August), and I totally loved it.
Lucienne Diver writes the humorous, suspenseful Vamped series of young adult vampire novels for Flux Books, including Vamped, Revamped, Fangtastic and the most recent, Fangtabulous. Her short stories have been included in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), and her essay on abuse is included in the anthology Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen). She also writes the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series for Samhain (Bad Blood, Crazy in the Blood and the forthcoming Rise of the Blood).
Want to find out more about this great book?
Author’s blog: http://luciennediver.wordpress.com