Tuesday, December 18, 2012

J.A. Campbell - Summer Break Blues - Author Interview & Giveaway

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
Well, that sort of starts with the original book in the series, Senior Year Bites. I wanted something that matched that title. Picking titles is really hard for me so I agonized for a long time, and eventually came up with the title while I was driving to the airport for my day job. It was one of those ah ha! Moments that leave you grinning.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The importance of good friends, and trust and standing by them.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
All of it. I followed the life of a teen vampire very closely while researching this book. Um, hehe, uh, sorry. It’s set in our world of course, but it’s fantasy. I tried to get the world details right but leave them vague enough that people could fill in their own blanks, and the interactions between the characters of the books are pretty realistic but as far as I know, vampires and werewolves don’t actually exist. That’s the fun of Urban Fantasy though, mixing the real with the fantasy.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Yeah, I’d mix up the character races a little to make that more realistic. I wasn’t thinking about any of that when I wrote the first book and by the time I realized that all of my characters where white, it was already published. I’ve become more conscious of things like that in the last few years.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The middle. The middle is always the hardest.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Sequels are hard. But I learned that I could do it.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Sort of. I’ve been a voracious reader most of my life and somewhere in there I decided to write an illustrated kids book about Willy the bookworm. I was pretty young and I just kept writing from there. I always enjoyed it in school. I got serious about it in college when I started my first real novel. I really enjoyed what I was doing and decided to chase that dream of becoming a published Author. I regret nothing.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Hmm, I have two favorites, though there are tons of authors I really really enjoy and will buy anything they write. Timothy Zahn and Kristen Britain. Both of them have great characters, clean writing and really interesting situations. What I like most about Mr. Zahn is that he writes very human tales in very interesting settings. He’s a Sci Fi author. Ms. Britain writes great stories and writes horses well, which is rare.

9. Tell us your latest news.
Summer Break Blues just came out in November and I recently had a story in a ghost story anthology come out at the end of November. I just released my first steampunk novella and I have a short story coming out in late January. Lots to read!

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading! You guys make writing worth it.

About the Book

Meg managed to survive her senior year of high school as a vampire, and now she’s looking forward to a relaxing summer with her friends before trying to tackle college. Unfortunately, some unfinished business from the previous year rears its ugly head. Meg is forced to deal with the Sidhe who are distinctly unhappy that she killed one of their kind last winter. Then Ann’s parents vanish while on their annual summer vacation in Maine and it’s up to Meg and the rest of the gang to come to the rescue. Though she is still trying to figure out who and what she has become, Meg feels she and her friends are up to the challenge. That is, until things really start to fall apart.

Prices/Formats: $4.99-$5.99 ebook
Pages: 54,000 words
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Bono Books, YA division of Decadent Publishing
Release Date: November 12, 2012
Buy Link: Kindle, BonoBookstore.com

About the Author

Julie writes fantasy novels and short stories about Vampires, Dogs hunting Vampires, Horses, and many other entertaining things.

Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She's worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she's been a writer and when she's not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog in training, Kira, and her Irish Sailor.

She is the author of the vampire and ghost hunting dog series, the Clanless series the Into The West series and many other short stories and novels.

Links to connect with Julie:
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