I’m pleased to be touring Lucienne Diver and her latest book FANGTABULOUS
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.
And now for the usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
The plot for Fangtabulous was completely inspired by the setting (Salem, Massachusetts). When my publisher contracted me for the fourth book in the Vamped series, I didn’t really have an idea in mind, but I knew where I wanted to take my characters—to the most haunted town in America. But how could I take them somewhere I’d never been myself? The answer is: I couldn’t. I had to visit. Luckily, I had a native guide—an actor and gothic magician I knew from way back in my old stomping grounds of Wappingers Falls, which I featured in the second book in the series, Revamped. Once in Salem, the town itself spoke to me. I’ve never been sensitive to these sorts of things…or believed in ghosts at all…but the history of Salem just seems to linger on its streets and in its alleyways. It can’t help but affect you. That was when the plot for Fangtabulous began to form, complete with unsettled spirits, some with murderous intent and, of course, someone in the land of the living stirring them up.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I didn’t decide to write in a genre; I decided to write these characters. Stories always begin with characters for me. My main character from the beginning happened to be a seventeen-year-old girl whose human life was cut short when she didn’t survive her senior prom. Luckily or unluckily, depending on what day you ask her, she did rise from the dead, having to claw her own way out of the grave only to face an eternity with no way to fix her hair and make-up. The voice and the events decided that the story was for the young adult market, but I know plenty of adults who read and enjoy the series as well!
What is your writing process like?
I’m a pantser, pure and simple. I’ll have a general idea of where I’m going and maybe some of the high points of the plot, but not generally any idea of how I’m going to get to them. Thankfully, my characters have minds of their own and they lead the way.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the third book in my Latter-Day Olympians series of urban fantasy novels (for the adult market). It’s due February 15th, and I’m biting my nails hoping that I make it! The first two of the series, Bad Blood and Crazy in the Blood are already out.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read, hang out with my family, ride coasters, eat, worry that I’m not writing, scrapbook, bead, read, worry some more about the fact that I’m not writing. Kick the worry and grab a notebook so that I can get back to what I love.
Who do you like to read?
Lately I haven’t had a ton of time to read books that I don’t represent, but in general I love Janet Evanovich, Suzanne Collins, Rick Riordan, Sharyn McCrumb, Joshilyn Jackson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rex Stout and a whole host of others.
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).
Check out Lucienne’s blog: http://luciennediver.wordpress.com
and website: www.luciennediver.com