Today I am happy to present to you Vamped, which has one of the best covers ever!
About the book
Gina Covello has a problem. Waking up a dead is just the beginning. There's very little she can't put up with for the sake of eternal youth and beauty. Blood-sucking and pointy stick phobias seem a small price to pay. But she draws the line when local vampire vixen Mellisande gets designs on her hot new boyfriend with his prophecied powers and hatches a plot to turn all of Gina’s fellow students into an undead army to be used to overthrow the vampire council.
Hey, if anyone's going to create an undead entourage, it should be Gina! Now she must unselfishly save her classmates from fashion disaster and her own fanged fate.
About the author
Lucienne Diver is a long-time book addict who went to work for NYC’s Spectrum Literary Agency fifteen years ago to feed her habit. Recently, she traded in her high-rise for a lake view. She now lives in Florida and works for The Knight Agency (www.knightagency.net). Through various play-dates and in various coffee bars, on the backs of envelopes, carry-out bags and anything else within reach, including, sometimes, her checkbook, she's penned the serio-comic tale of what happens when a young fashionista goes from chic to eek.
You can visit Lucienne on the Web at www.luciennediver.com. Her on LiveJournal, we know her as varkat.
I asked, Lucienne answered
A. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? Bonus question: have you used it, in any way, in a book?
L. September 11th. Hands down. It can be said that it didn’t happen to me. Not exactly. But I was living in New York at the time, working on the upper west side, and unable to reach my husband and son by phone because all the lines were tied up and the cell signals weren’t getting anywhere. I wasn’t able to check on them until they arrived home six hours after they should have because roads kept closing all around them. I’ve never been so terrified in all my life. Hope never to be again. I’ve probably used the horror of that time for the emotional tone to scenes of written, but the event itself…I don’t think I’ll ever go there.
A. Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?
L. Anything with too many legs – spiders, cockroaches, millipedes, silver fish…. And don’t even get me started on camel crickets.
A. Do you have a favorite mystery book, author, or movie?
L. Let’s go with authors, because even that will be a tremendously long list. If I went with books, we’d be here all day! Authors (in no particular order): Janet Evanovich, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rex Stout, Aaron Elkins, S.J. Rozan, Agatha Christie, M.M. Kaye, J.D. Robb. Let’s see, who am I forgetting?
A. At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will happen next. What question does your book ask?
L. I think mine asks, “Who am I now?” The whole thing about writing a vampire heroine is that rising from the dead means leaving your old life behind. Folks have seen you dead and buried. You can’t exactly flounce into homeroom on Monday morning (even if you could handle the sunlight) without starting a full-scale panic. Stakes and pitchforks, garlic and crosses – the whole nine yards. So, by nature, it means reinventing yourself. My heroine in Vamped, Gina Covello, teen fashionista, claws her way out of the grave to find she’s no longer queen bee, since her social set now has something she lacks…a pulse. Worse than that, she’s got no reflection, no way to check her hair and make up. What good is eternal life if you have to through it all a total schlub? Gina has to basically develop a new identity, which is especially hard when she and her geek-boy sire are kidnapped by his creator so that he can fulfill some kind of prophecy and she’s treated like chopped liver. Well, Gina isn’t one to take something like that lying down…or to let her classmates be turned into an undead army to serve the vampire vixen. Because if anyone’s going to be gathering merry minions, it’s going to be Gina.
A. Is there a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?
L. I’d like to know where the time goes? Is there some sort of time warp that makes dinner take forever to cook when you’re hungry, but vacation fly by? Is the universe just that sadistic? Inquiring minds want to know.