Friday, October 25, 2013

Crossroads Blog Tour Day 6: Author Lucienne Diver

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 her essay on abuse is included in the upcoming anthology Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen).

2011 saw the launch of Bad Blood, the first novel in her Latter-Day Olympians series of Contemporary Fantasy, set in LA and featuring a heroine who can, quite literally, stop men in their tracks.

Long and Short Reviews gave it Lucienne’s favorite endorsement of all time, "Bad Blood is a delightful Urban Fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan, and a true Lucienne Diver original " She can now die happy, although maybe not just yet.
Do your characters ever ambush you and take over the reins of the story?
All the time!  Novels start with characters for me.  When they won’t shut up, when they take over my waking life and won’t let me sleep because they have so much to say…that’s when I know that I’m ready to start writing and that I’ve got to develop a plot for them and find them something to do before they take over my life.  Ornery beasties that they are, they like to do this when I’m on deadline and trying to get to the finish line of my current project, in which case I write just enough in the new voice to satisfy my muse for a time and then put the project on the backburner of my brain.  Once I’m ready to return to it, generally my subconscious has been at work, and I find I know a lot more about the storyline than I did before.  It’s brewed.  I still have to apply sugar and spice and everything nice, but the basis is there.

Why do you think vampires hold so much appeal in fiction and television?
Vampires are the ultimate bad boys and girls, the ones your mother warned you about.  Who doesn’t like a bad boy?  I know I do.  I think that’s the appeal.  Vampires live outside “traditional” society.  There’s a feel of anything goes when you don’t show up on film or can mist or mesmerize your way out of trouble.  Then there’s the whole supposed-to-be-dead thing.  They can’t catch you if they’re not looking for you or don’t believe in your existence.  There’s a certain freedom in that, but also a certain danger of being exposed.  It’s spicy and different and intriguing.  All those good things.

About the Tour
Each day of The Crossroads Blog Tour, a new research question will be revealed on The Crossroad Blog Tour main page and each day the answer to that question will be found within one of the different blog posts by Crossroads Tour authors. Your job is to get the question, read the blog posts, and collect all answers by the end of the tour.

A Grand Prize of a FREE Kindle, pre-loaded with ebook titles from as many of this years participating authors as possible (some are debut authors and their title may not yet be released) will be drawn using the Rafflecopter entry system and is open TO EVERYONE.
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