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Monday, March 19, 2012

Blog Tour Stop: SECOND SKIN by Judith Graves

I'm excited to welcome one of my Class of 2k10-mates as she releases her second book. Judith Graves's novel SECOND SKIN, the sequel to UNDER MY SKIN, is out this week!


Description from GoodReads:
 Sequel to Under My Skin.

With FIENDS like Eryn…

Monsters. Bloodsuckers. The evil. The damned. Eryn McCain knows they exist— she’s been hunting them since she was a child. At sixteen, she’s ready to take on all comers. Being a shapeshifter gives her an advantage when it comes to her unusual part-time job. The hours suck and the pay is, well, non-existent, but bonuses like inhuman strength and night vision make tracking scary beasties a dream come true. Especially in a town like Redgrave.

When an ancient demon targets Redgrave High, Eryn and her crew of hunters must face their innermost fears to prevent the Harvest Moon Dance from becoming one serious Monster Mash. Loyalties are tested and temptations abound. With questions ever brewing, can Eryn share a future with the brooding, noble, human Alec—the hunter after her heart? Or will she succumb to her enemy’s son, Wade, a seductive predator as bloodthirsty as she is?

What happens when you’re both the beauty and the beast?
Sounds intense, right?! And here's a short interview with Judith:

Second Skin is a sequel to Under My Skin. Did you know from the beginning of writing your first book what the second one would be about? How did the plotting of more than one book in a series work for you?
I originally outlined three books before starting to write Under My Skin, so I always knew I was writing a series. However, once I actually landed a publisher, the first book went through some extensive edits. Plot twists intended for Second Skin were pushed forward to crank up tension. This resulted in subsequent changes to book three, Skin of My Teeth. Of course, all the shuffling of action and infusion of conflict has made for better storytelling. Gotta love the ripple effect.
 
Under My Skin was the first book I’d written and as with most initial efforts, I was holding back. Keeping the big-ticket items of the plot a secret because I thought that was the way to hook a reader. I’ve since learned it’s far better to toss the big plot guns out there as soon as possible and let the chaos ensue. You have to hook your reader much like gawkers at a crime scene – make it impossible for them to turn away.


Will there be any more books in the series?
 There will be at least four books, the fourth is titled, The Hour of the Wolf. I have a fifth planned if it gets the green light.

Your first two novels have been paranormal YA. Do you plan to stick with this genre or branch out into others?
 I love writing YA fiction and have delved into other genres: horror, steampunk, and edgy contemporary. I also write screenplays for television and film.

Anything you’re working on right now you can tell us about?
In addition to the SKINNED series, I have a new steampunk ghosthunter series launching in 2014 with the first book, Strangeways Versus The Blood Brothers. The prequel story, Strangeways Versus The Wraith, which introduces the main character, Amelia Strangeways, appears in SPIRITED, an anthology of 13 ghost stories published by Leap Books and featuring other authors such as, Maria V. Snyder, Candace Havens, Shannon Delany, Dawn Dalton, and more! Proceeds from SPIRITED go to 826 National, a literacy-based charity.

What did you read and write as a teen?
 Would it surprise you if I said Victorian poetry, classics like Wuthering Heights, and the much loved Canadian favourite, Anne of Green Gables? Cause it was kind of a shock for me that I enjoyed period pieces, being that I also consumed as many horror, science-fiction and fantasy titles as I could – Ray Bradbury and Stephen King being stand outs. Yet this blend likely led to my fascination with steampunk – a genre that fuses science fiction / fantasy with alternate histories and its stories are usually set in a pseudo-Victorian world.

What’s the last thing you read that you really loved?
 I continue to read voraciously and chow down at least a book a week. Which means there are many titles to love and new authors to discover. Sometimes it’s the not so new authors who really dazzle. As a horror/paranormal writer I felt I’d been neglecting a major part of my genre related education – I’d never read a single Clive Barker title. So I snagged a copy of Abarat and my world was rocked. What world building! What words! What fantastical adventures and quirky characters. I’d say I fell in love with that book and I’m working through the rest of the Books of Abarat series.

If people want to find out more about you and your books, where can they look?
I’m always sharing too much information on my website: judithgraves.com, or on Facebook / Twitter: @judithgraves. There's also the Strangeways sites: strangewaysnovels.com and Twitter: @AStrangeways

You'll want to stop by Judith's site during the blog tour, as there will be tons of fun and prizes. Congrats Judith!

3 comments:

  1. Hey Denise - thanks for having me on your blog...and good luck with the March Madness push. Gotta love any and all extra motivation. ;)

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  2. Fantastic interview! And you know, I've never read any Clive Barker...huh. Will have to change that! Enjoy rest of the tour.

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  3. Steampunk Ghost Hunter series. Awesome. Cant wait.

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