Thursday, July 14, 2011

Interview and Giveaway -28

In Today's TMI moment, I have a ridiculous rash. It's everywhere except my stomach. Face, arms, legs, feet, palms? soles? Yeah, I didn't know you could have rashes there either.

But back to bizz, the winner of Mina Esguerra's FAIRY TALE is...

Sana Castellano!

Congrats! It's on the way.

Today's giveaway:

BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris. And she's been nice enough to come over today!

Carrie Harris has a purple blog and writes about zombies. In a previous lifetime she researched Mad Cows, qualifying her to produce entire theses on brain-eating monsters.

Thanks for stopping by Talk Back Thursdays, Carrie. Seems like you made it safely past the undead watch-dogs.
YOU HAVE ZOMBIE DOGS? ZOMBIE DOGS CRACK ME UP. I’m one of the only people who saw the Resident Evil movie four times in the theater and giggled maniacally every time.

Well then, that's rare. lol. So, zombies in high school? Where did the idea for BAD TASTE IN BOYS come from?

My books are less AN idea and more a BUNCH of ideas all mashed together like an algebra equation gone out of control. So I started off thinking I wanted to do a book about the dead football players from Beetlejuice. And I wanted to do a book about a rational person who became convinced that zombies were attacking her town. And I wanted to write a book in which the geek saves the day. And I think mad scientists are awesome. So you put all those things together, and the result is BAD TASTE IN BOYS.

Your blog is so chock full of humour that you once earned the title of “Grand Lord Snarf Zombie” on a prestigious (ahem ahem) industry blog. Can we expect the same fall-out-of-chair-roll-under-table inducing writing in BTIB?
I still love that title. LOVE.

Personally, I tend to gravitate toward really campy horror. If I’m simultaneously hiding my eyes and snarfing things out my nose, I’m happy. So I did try and write a book that was funny but still had lots of zombie mayhem. I also wanted to add random photos of my head on David Hasselhoff’s body, but for some reason, my publisher wasn’t down with that.

Professionally, you’ve done a little bit of everything. What made you decide to take the writing plunge?
Yeah, I’ve had the prerequisite writer’s wonky job history, DEFINITELY. But I’ve been freelance writing since I was in college. I’ve always enjoyed it, but I figured it would just be a hobby. But after having three kids, my husband and I decided I’d stay home for a couple of years and give the writing thing a try. If it didn’t work, I’d find a job once the kids were all in school. And I don’t have to do that! EEEEEEEEEEEEE. I’m so so soooooo lucky.

How would you describe your publishing journey? Slower than Frankenstein on a treadmill? Sparklier than merpires? More brain-devouring than football zombies?

Slower than Frankenstein on crutches using a treadmill. My first book didn’t quite make the cut, so I was on submission for over a year straight, even though BTIB sold pretty fast. And it will be two years from the offer until the book hits the shelves! Not that I’m complaining, because I’ve had a lot of time to learn about what to expect, and what to do, and things. I’ve had a lot of time to write more books and get better at it. I HATE feeling rushed, so I think the slow and steady thing has really worked for me.

Finally, as an aspiring author, I’d like to pick your brains. Any words of advice?

BE YOURSELF. I spent years attempting to write Serious Books about Serious Issues, and they sucked some serious suckables. But I kept at it, because I wanted people to take me seriously as a writer, and who’s going to do that when you keep sticking your head on the Hoff’s body all the time and writing treatises on why all paranormal creatures deserve sparkles too? But I finally decided that I should just be myself, and if people thought I was certifiably insane, so be it. And really, isn’t self-acceptance a Serious Issue? I think there’s something pretty cool about a person who waves their Freak Flag proudly, so I always try to do that.

I think that’s really important in a profession like this, when you’re always hearing that you need to follow this trend or that one. Sure, it’s good to know the industry, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth leaping on bandwagons all the time. Be YOU. And write YOUR books, and then learn to write them BETTER. Even if that means waving a Freak Flag.

I love that advice!

Thanks for stopping by, Carrie. Er- *looks outside* - it seems the zombie dogs have picked up your scent. Guess you won’t be leaving any time soon. Mummy in a blanket?

BAD TASTE IN BOYS has been devouring teenage brains since July 12!

For a chance to win a copy, tell me:
What's your favourite zombie story?
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Marsha Sigman said...

Shaun of the Dead. Although I did and do still love Resident Evil. The zombie dogs were a WTF moment for me and I actually thought they were pretty Sick.

Love Carrie, can't wait to read her book! I was waiting until Saturday to buy it so I wouldn't be up all night during the week reading!

Great interview!!!!

Lydia Sharp said...

This interview is a great example of why I love Carrie. Hilarious!

My husband is a zombie movie fanatic. FANATIC I tell you. And even though I'd rather *read* about zombies than *see* them (not a fan of guts & gore), I have to admit that I really liked SHAUN OF THE DEAD.

Thank you both for this! :D

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview. I love Carrie's advice to be yourself.

My favorite book would be Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Sana Castellano said...

And omg -I must visit Carrie's snarfy blog!
PS - I luv the interviews you do.

Sana Castellano said...

PS - I've still not got the first book I won. Serving crazy with curry. =(
I do hope I get it soon. =)

Alba said...

wow I haven't really been that fond of zombies before but now they seem to be taking a toll on books hehe so stories I don't have but well I love Resident Evil if that can count hehe

Sophia Richardson said...

Shaun of the Dead for the treatment of zombies (e.g. with humour) and The Forest of Hands and Teeth for the themes and the resolution of the love triangle. Definitely looking forward to the humour in BTIB.

Aleeza said...

i have like, this hugeee author-crush on carrie harris, even though i haven't ever read her book yet, which just goes to show how very awesome she is.

and this interview? LOVEEEE.

anyway, my fave zombies story...i'm a pretty huge fan of i am legend. 28 days later was pretty kickass too. and in books, rot & ruin by jonathan maberry was a surprisingly evocative read.

Lori M. Lee said...

Favorite zombie story is probably Forest of Hands and Teeth :D

Natasha Areena said...

Can I go with zombies movie? My favourite is probably Resident Evil directed by Paul W.S.Anderson since I'm a fan of the games!


Lisa Potts said...

My favorite zombie story is the original Night Of The Living Dead. Such a tragic ending.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Diana said...

My favourite zombie story is 28 Days Later. It is an excellent film. I really enjoy the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.

Thanks for the giveaway! BAD TASTE IN BOYS sounds great!!!

Sidrah said...

You do great interviews, Claire =D

My favorite zombie story would be i am legend.. haven't read/seen much =p

I hope the stupid rashes go away soon =)

P.s. got the book (heist). Thanks once again =)

Brooke said...

My favorite zombie story is The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Thanks!

throuthehaze said...

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Thanks for the giveaway!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com