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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

GCC Presents Lucienne Diver and FANGTASTIC!

I'm excited to welcome another member of the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit to the blog, and aspiring writers pay attention, because this author is also a literary agent!

 Lucienne Diver is the author of the popular Vamped series of young adult novels (think Clueless meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  School Library Journal calls the first book, “a lighthearted, action-packed, vampire romance story following in the vein of Julie Kenner’s “Good Ghouls” (Berkley), Marlene Perez’s “Dead” (Harcourt), and Rachel Caine’s “The Morganville Vampires” (Signet) series.” VOYA has suggested that the books “will attract even reluctant readers.”
Her short stories have been included in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), and one of her essays appears in the anthology Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen).

Lucienne's next book, FANGTASTIC, releases this month...

What do you wear to face down a cadre of killer kids?
Gina Covello would rather be working on her manicure than missions for the Feds’ paranormal unit to which she’s been recruited.  That changes when a group of killer kids takes out a family in the sunshine state and disappearances begin to plague the lifestylers who only play at the kind of existence our fanged fashionista leads.  She and her crew are sent undercover into the vampire clubs…which turn out to be run by real vampires.  While Gina’s BFF Marcy hangs with the steampunk-styled Burgess Brigade that seems to have spawned the killer kids, Gina herself is supposed to get in good with the fanged fiends behind the scenes, even to the point of playing double-agent, offering to hand over her powerful boyfriend Bobby.  Her playacting threatens to become a bit too real when she discovers things about her spy handlers that make her wonder whether she’s truly on the right side of the battle between Feds and fangs. 

Sample praise for the Vamped series:
“As ever, Gina's feisty, funny narration carries the day. Gina never fails to please, as she strides down the runway of afterlife with just the right mix of humor, make-up advice, youthful lust that never crosses the line and a kung-fu style all her own. This one doesn’t miss a beat.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Perfect for teens and adults, this is a book to share, savor and revisit. ReVamped is full of smart, spot-on dialogue, engaging, authentic characters and a plot that’s so much fun it’s impossible not get swept up.” —

"VAMPED is a total delight!  Diver delivers a delightful cast of undead characters and a fresh, fast take on the vampire mythos.  Next installment, please!"   — Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series

“Diver uses wit and adventure to hook readers with this teen vampire story.” —VOYA

“Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Cordelia Chase got turned into a vampire? If you have, look no further than Vamped for the answer. It's like Mean Girls with fangs, with witty dialogue and more pop culture references than you can keep up with.” – Wondrous Reads

“Diver takes vampires to a whole new level.” —I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read   
A Short Interview with Lucienne Diver:

1. Tell me about your book in seven words or less.
True vamps infiltrate lifestylers to solve murder. 

2. Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
I love her guy, Bobby, always have. He reminds me of my husband…killer blue eyes, dark shaggy hair… mixed with Zac Efron. Plus, he’s a geek. And I’m a geek, so we’d have a lot in common.

3. What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Really dedicate yourself to your craft, learning about it, seeking critique, listening to the comments and advice that make sense, incorporating them into your work. Understand that it will take time and that raw talent is only a start. It must be honed. But if you have the talent and the perseverance, you will achieve your goals. The system isn’t set up to keep you down, it’s to make sure that the very best get to stand out.

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?
All of the above. I kept a very angsty journal, mostly to do with guys. He’s Just Not That Into You pretty much described my love life. I wrote overly dramatic poetry about things I never experienced, like the Trail of Tears. I wrote clich├ęd stories about unicorns, werewolves and sirens (not all in the same tale!). Mostly, I think I had to get a lot of the dreck out of my system so that I could move on.

5. What's the last book you read that you really loved?
I’m a literary agent as well as a novelist. The last book I read and really loved I hope to take on this week. It’s a debut, so see #3 about that advice!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Lucienne! And just for fun, here's a music video for the Vamped series...


  1. What an awesome interview! So awesome to see you on familiar blogs. And what great writing advice! Two thumbs up for Denise and Lucienne.

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  3. Clueless meets Buffy huh... That sounds like an interesting combination and I do like paranormal books... I'll give it a try.