Tuesday, March 16, 2010

BLOG TOUR: Interview with Class of 2k10 Author Judith Graves

Recently, I had a chance to get a sneak peak at Class of 2k10 Author Judith Graves' YA Paranormal Fantasy book UNDER MY SKIN (Leap Books, 3/27/10). From the little bit that I have seen, I am already very excited about this book. Paranormal beasties, humor, a kick-butt heroine, resident hotties, and some secrets - really what more can you ask for.=D Judith Graves was gracious enough to swing by Young Adult Literature Review for an interview.

How did the idea for UNDER MY SKIN come to you?

I purchased a book at a used bookstore. Windigo: An Anthology of Fact and Fantastic Fiction edited by John Robert Colombo. I realized our First Nations people had some amazingly scary folklore. Then I started to wonder….what would happen if mythological creatures from different regions had a last stand battle over unclaimed territory? Who would win? Would humans survive? And so the Skinned series was born.

What three words would best describe UNDER MY SKIN?

Survival. Betrayal. Temptation.

What is the best thing about being a debut author? What is the most challenging?

The best thing? Everything is new and I’m free to make mistakes. The most challenging? See “best” thing response.

What are three words that describe your writing?

Dark. Edgy. Fun

Do you have any routines or rituals for when you write?

My alarm is set for 5:30 a.m., but I usually wake way before it goes off. I take the dogs out, feed them, make some coffee, and then head upstairs to my office to write. I need music blaring and wear earphones in the morning so I don’t wake my hubbie (or the dogs who, of course, jump back onto the bed and return to sleepyland as soon as I hole myself up in the office).

What advice would you give an aspiring writer?

Join a critique group and get unbiased eyes on your work. Friends and family, sure, that’s a great start, but no one will rip your stuff apart like a relative stranger honing their own writing skills.

Can you remember the book that got you hooked on reading?

Anne of Green Gables. Maybe a Canadian clichĂ©, but L.M. Montgomery is the best! 

Who can you credit with your love of words?

My father, a man of few words, and my mother, a woman of many.

If there was a book about you, what would it be called?

Judith Graves: Paranormal Author or Paranoid Schizophrenic?

What is the one book you wished you had written?

The phone book. Now there’s a writing gig to put food in the dog’s bowls for generations.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, which fictional character would you want to be stranded with and why?

Robinson Crusoe, because he’s pretty much got the deserted island thing down to a science.

If you were to have lunch with one of your characters who would it be and why?

Kate. She’s a witch who controls time, doles out magical advice, and slings coffee at her java joint, the Conundrum CafĂ©. She’s one of those minor characters who steals every scene she’s in, and I’d love to find out just how old she really is.

What would be one fact about you that would surprise people?

One of my life goals is to attend a Star Trek convention. Seriously.

Find Out More About Judith Graves at:
Website http://www.judithgraves.com/
Wolfy Chicks Blog http://wolfychicks.blogspot.com/
Book Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s3kQ4nnSEk
Publisher’s Website www.leapbks.com
Class of 2k10 website www.class2k10.com
Class of 2k10 trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0H79WFPYpc&feature
Free Read: Old Flames Die Hard http://www.leapbks.com/exclusives/ofdh.html

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