Thursday, April 7, 2011

Featured Author: Heather Davis



If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?
I would love to be Amy in The Clearing, so I could go back in time to 1944.  It's a magical experience for her - one that takes her away from her very modern problems - and introduces her to a whole different way of life.  And, of course, it doesn't hurt that her true love, Henry Briggs, is there in the past.



Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?
After a particularly hard day at my day job I was nearly in tears.  And then, when I got home, waiting for me was an email from a reader thanking me for writing stories that led her away from her troubled world of middle school.  My day's problems vanished from my mind and I suddenly re-focused on what I was here to do with my life - write stories that encourage people, that take them away from their hard lives.  That was a very special day.  And, of course, I let the reader know how much her letter meant and that books had saved my life, too. 



What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)
I can write anywhere.  When I'm drafting, I often go to a coffee shop to get things done with a set time limit for myself.  When I'm revising, I prefer to be at home, where it's easier to take short breaks to clear my mind.  I don't need anything but a good laptop or a notebook, but coffee does help.


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.

My next book is WHEREVER YOU GO, coming out from Harcourt Children's in November 2011.  It's the story of Holly, who has felt lost and lonely ever since her boyfriend, Rob, died in a tragic accident.  And it doesn't help that Holly has to spend most of her free time caring for her little sister and Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather.  When her grandfather claims to be communicating with the ghost of Rob, Holly wonders if the messages he has for her are real.  And if so, how can the loved ones Rob left behind help his tortured soul make it to the other side?  It's a book about letting go and moving on into the light.  I wrote this book after losing my grandmother to the complications of Alzheimer's, so it means a lot to me to bring the story to other families who are struggling with the disease and to teens who are care-giving for ill family members.


 

Featured Author: Rachel Vincent


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?
I wouldn’t want to be any of the actual characters, but I think it might be fun to be a reaper for a day—as long as I wouldn’t actually have to kill anyone. When I was a kid, I used to wish I could be invisible, so I could watch people when they didn’t know I was there. When they weren’t putting on a public face. That’s when you see who people really are.

Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?
My favorite moments are always hearing from teens (and adults) who say they didn’t like to read until someone shoved a copy of one of my books into their hands. I didn’t anticipate moments like that before my first book was published, but when I read one of those emails, I kind of feel like I’ve transcended the concept of entertainment and done something just a little more important. That feeling is great. And it makes me want to work for more of those moments.

What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)
I really prefer to write in my recliner, on my laptop, but wrist/arm troubles have made that hard, so I’m usually at my desktop now. But I always have a cup of coffee or a diet coke. And I only write to music when there’s other noise I need to block out, or I REALLY need help setting the tone of a certain scene. Music’s great for that. But since I tend to sing along, music is usually more of a distraction for me than anything else.
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Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.
My Soul To Steal (Soul Screamers 4) came out in January, and If I Die (Soul Screamers 5) will be out October 1. MSTSteal was a book of growth for Kaylee, as she was forced to fight for what she wanted. If I Die, though, is a game changer for the entire series. I’m looking forward to reader reactions to that one. ;)




Kimberly Derting


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?

Since I wouldn’t want to be a serial killer, or a dead girl, I’d have to say the main character, Violet Ambrose.  But I’d want to be her on a day that she doesn’t find any dead bodies.  It would be one of her slow days.


Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?

I had a reader who threw a BODY FINDER themed birthday party, complete with cake.  That was sort of mind blowing, that someone was celebrating their birthday with MY book!


What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)

I need my laptop, comfy sweatpants, copious amounts of tea, and candy (preferably Skittles!).


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.

DESIRES OF THE DEAD is the sequel to THE BODY FINDER, about a 16-year-old girl who can match the “echoes” of the dead to the “imprints” on their killers.  And, of course, a whole lotta kissing!

Featured Author: Kristi Cook



If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?

Hmm, I think I'd like to be Cece Bradford, who is Violet McKenna's roommate in HAVEN (Violet is the book's main character).  Mostly because Cece has a psychic gift that I'd love to experience-astral projection.  I've been fascinated with the concept since I read Lois Duncan's classic STRANGER WITH MY FACE when I was eleven or twelve.  How cool would it be to leave your body and travel wherever you wanted to go?!


Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?


One favorite moment was definitely at the HAVEN launch party, when, right at the beginning, a teen walked in who had convinced her mom and dad to drive two-and-half hours, just so she could meet me and get a signed copy.  We'd chatted a bit on Goodreads, and it was so wonderful to connect with her in person!  


What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)


Unfortunately, my writer brain only seems to turn on when I'm in my home office-which is small, dusty, cluttered, and always too hot or cold.  I've got all these lovely places in my house where I'd prefer to write, but it just doesn't work for me.  Drives me nuts!  I seriously need to re-train my brain!


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.

HAVEN is set at a fictional boarding school where all the students and teachers have psychic gifts and talents.  When sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to Winterhaven, she finally feels like she's found a place where she belongs.  But as soon as she feels settled, she discovers the most intriguing and alluring boy she's ever met, and things quickly go awry. As the attraction between them grows, intense visions of the boy's death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself. And to Violet's horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a critical--and deadly--way
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Featured Author: Kelley Armstrong


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?

None. Sorry! I love to write about them, but I've never written a character who is someone I'd personally like to be. I could "borrow" a few characteristics from many of them. As a package, though, they're not nearly as appealing as my own life!


Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?

There have been many, but a recent favourite of mine was the Indigo Teen Awards in Toronto. I won an award and the teen audience chanted my name as I left the podium. It's as close as I'll ever get to feeling like a rock star.


What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)

My favourite place to write is very boring. It's my office, which is in the back corner of the basement, with no window or other distractions, no music etc. There is, however, usually coffee.


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.

My next book will be launching at RT Teen Day. It actually comes out April 12, but I've been promised I'll have it early. It's The Gathering, which is the first book in my new Darkness Rising trilogy.


 


Sarah Rees Brennan


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?
Oh gosh, I'd never want to be a character in my books! Horrible things happen to people in my books. HORRIBLE. But I guess the girl torn between two attractive brothers wouldn't be the worst position to be in...


Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?
I met a teenage girl dressed up as my heroine, with her hair dyed pink for the day. She was having so much fun and I was so thrilled!


What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.) 
I like writing with my friends best. But the only thing I absolutely NEED to write is tea. I have a thirteen cup a day habit. I drink more tea than the Queen.


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.
The Demon's Surrender is coming out in June, and it's the last in the Demon's Lexicon trilogy, so you see who dies and - possibly more importantly - who ends up with who. Heartbreak. Demons on the loose in the London streets. And so on.





Featured Author: Tera Lynn Childs


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?
That's easy! Lily Sanderson, the main character in Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever. She is not only a mermaid (my lifelong fantasy) but also a princess! Win win. And there's the fact that she has the attention of a deliciously hunky biker boy that I wouldn't mind getting to meet in real life. Oh yes, I'd love to be Lily for a day.


Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?
There are a lot of little moments, but the biggest and most emotional was winning the Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best First Book. It was the culmination of years of hard work and tears and it was something I never dreamed my light beach read YA would ever achieve.


What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)

I absolutely can't get any writing done at home, so I spend most of my writing days in cafes and coffee shops. I affectionately refer to Starbucks as my office. Once there, all I need is a comfy seat, a caffeinated beverage, and music blasting in my ears to drown out the distracting conversations around me.


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.
This is my first year with two book releases, and I'm super excited about both of them. First up is Fins Are Forever, the sequel to Forgive My Fins, with more yummy romance, a handsome mer prince, and lots of adventure--both on land and under water. Then I launch a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa with Sweet Venom. I call it Buffy meets Charmed meets mythology. I've never been more excited for a book and I can't wait for it to hit the shelves.

Featured Author: Sophie Jordan


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why? 
Jacinda from Firelight, totally! She can fly, breathe fire and has two hot, good-hearted guys vying for her. Since it's just a day, I can overlook all the danger and other stuff attacking her left and right. ;)


Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer? 
This is tough because I have felt rewarded so many times over. Mostly, the rewards stem from the readers -- meeting a fan who tells me how much my book has meant to her... I've been fortunate to live this moment more than once, and it humbles me every time. 
Oh, but also, to have a big Hollywood producer tell me how amazing my book is and that she wants to bring it to the big screen ... yeah, that's right up there.


What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.) 
I enjoy writing on my lovely patio - especially when the weather is nice. I almost always have a latte in hand.  


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release. 
VANISH is next up and it's book 2 in my Firelight series. It continues Jacinda's story and gets her off that cliff I left her (and readers) dangling from.
   

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Featured Author: Marley Gibson


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?
Kendall Moorehead, the ghost huntress.  Which...I sort of am ironically as I became one to research my books and now it's something I do on a regular basis.  LOL!

Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?
The very first piece of fan mail I got.  I had given my first book to my boss' 8 year old daughter and she wrote me a thank you note telling me how much she loved it and that she wanted to be an author, like me, when she grew up.  Really warmed my heart.


What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)
I live full-time in an RV...so I write everywhere!  Mostly, it's great to sit in the passenger seat with my headphones on blaring House/Trance/Dance music as I'm in the "writing cave."


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.
The fifth book in the GHOST HUNTRESS series, THE DISCOVERY, will be out May 1st.  It's a little darker and filled with secrets and mysteries.  I just love writing these characters!


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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Featured Author: Clare B. Dunkel


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?

I'd be Miranda, from Book III of The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy. Her elf husband is the handsomest man alive. I'd like to see exactly what that looks like! And I'd like to go dancing with the elves for a night. It would be an unforgettable experience.


Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?

That would have to be the day that my WUTHERING HEIGHTS prequel, THE HOUSE OF DEAD MAIDS, got a great review from Bronteblog (complete with seven footnotes) *and* a starred review from The Horn Book magazine. My mother was a children's lit professor and a Bronte scholar, so I grew up reading books about the Brontes and hearing about how important The Horn Book is in the world of children's lit. That day, my life came full circle. Now The Horn Book magazine staff and the Bronte scholars are reading about me!

What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)
I write in my office for the most part, although I've been known to drag my laptop all over the house in search of inspiration. Coffee's important but not essential. I can't write without chewing gum, though--it's crazy, but there it is.

Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.

I just had a book released in paperback: BY THESE TEN BONES, a werewolf tale set in the medieval Scottish Highlands. Maddie, the daughter of the town weaver, meets a pale, green-eyed woodcarver named Paul and soon begins to fall in love with him. But when a hideous creature leaves the young man wounded, Maddie gets drawn into a secret. Soon, other people in her town begin to die, one by one. Maddie can save them all--but only at a terrible price.

You might call this book a paranormal romance, but I call it an old-fashioned love story. This book is a great favorite of mine. I love Maddie's confidence, and her strength, which comes from her sense of optimism. And she and Paul are so sweet together.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Featured Author: Richelle Mead

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to meet Richelle on April 9!


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?

Honestly, I don't think I'd want to be any of them!  Those guys have some pretty tough lives, no thanks to me.  I'm a big believer in making characters work for their happy endings, and mine go through a lot of ups and downs!  That being said, I've always envied Georgina, the succubus in one of my adult series, for her shape-shifting ability.  That would save a lot of hair and makeup time, but I'm not sure it's worth putting up with the rest of her job.

Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?

Probably the first time I got an email from someone saying my books had changed their life.  That's a poweful thing.  We often get into this career simply thinking of entertainment, and it's a huge wake-up call to realize how big an impact a story can really have.  It's inspiring, frightening, and humbling all at the same time...and is the kind of reminder I need to keep me going on those days when this job starts to feel overwhelming. 

What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)

My favorite place to write is in my office, which is painted mauve and lined with books.  Music is right out because I start listening to those words instead of my own.  I need to allow myself to simply focus on the story at hand and not give in to distractions--excluding my cats, of course.


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.

This is a busy year!  One of my adult series (Dark Swan) is being made into a comic in May, and that'll be followed by a Vampire Academy graphic novel in August.  Also in August, we'll see the last book in my Georgina Kincaid series and the first of Bloodlines, which is the spin-off series to Vampire Academy.  And just to keep that month interesting, I'm having a baby then too!



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 will receive 1 Teen Day VIP Pass each. Readers with a VIP pass will be the first in line to meet the authors at the Book Fair. Limited number of passes available. Please note you will still need to purchase the $25 teen day ticket online or $5 Book Fair ticket at the door in order for your VIP pass to be valid.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Featured Author: Colleen Houck

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to meet Colleen on April 9!


If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?


I'd love to become either of the tigers so I could feel the strength and power they have and run in the jungle.

Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?


When I got my agent is one of my favorite memories. I hung up and screamed and called everyone I knew.

What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)
I write at my home office computer and I need something sugar free to drink, a candle, and my mythology reference books.


What are you looking forward to most at RT Teen Day 2011?
Seeing all the excited teens. They have such enthusiasm that it's hard to remain unaffected by their energy.


Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.
Tiger's Quest, the second book in the Tiger Saga is coming out this June!



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MEET COLLEEN - WIN A TEEN DAY VIP PASS!
Be among the first in line to meet Colleen and the other authors at RT Teen Day April 9!

2 winners
 will receive 1 Teen Day VIP Pass each. Readers with a VIP pass will be the first in line to meet the authors at the Book Fair. Limited number of passes available. Please note you will still need to purchase the $25 teen day ticket online or $5 Book Fair ticket at the door in order for your VIP pass to be valid.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Featured Author: Alyson Noel

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to meet Alyson on April 9!

If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?
I’d be Damen. He’s gorgeous, gifted, magical, well traveled, and has lived such an incredibly rich life—witnessing historical events in the making, and hanging with everyone from the great artists of The Italian Renaissance, to the great thinkers in science, to Marie Antoinette, to The Beatles—and yet, he’s managed to remain humble and lovely and true to himself. Um, guess I have a bit of a crush oh him. :)

Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?
The first time I saw my debut novel, FAKING 19, on the bookstore shelves my mom was with me and we jumped up and down and squealed like fools. It was the realization of a long-held dream come true.

What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)
I write at home—my office is comfy, and warm, and I painted the walls purple so I’d have something nice to stare at while I’m thinking up new ways to torture my characters. My writing ritual involves a scented candle, a cup of green tea, a playlist created for whatever book I’m working on, and a crystal necklace a reader gave me—once those things are all gathered and ready, I’m good to go!

Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.
On March 15, book two in the Riley Bloom series, Shimmer, was released, and on June 7, Everlasting, the sixth and final book in The Immortals series will hit the shelves!


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SHIMMER--in stores now!



EVERLASTING--in stores 07.06.11!


MEET ALYSON - WIN A TEEN DAY VIP PASS!
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 will receive 1 Teen Day VIP Pass. Readers with a VIP pass will be the first in line to meet the authors at the Book Fair. Limited number of passes available. Please note you will still need to purchase the $25 teen day ticket online or $5 Book Fair ticket at the door in order for your VIP pass to be valid.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

RT Teen Day SWAG Bag Sneak Peek!

Here's a quick sneak peek at the awesome SWAG bag for RT Teen Day--
including FREE books and other fun items donated by our amazing authors!

Only the first 250 teens to

REGISTER ONLINE HERE
 will receive one. Hurry before they're all gone!!!




SWAG bag includes FREE books from the following publishers
(additional details coming soon!)...
Bloomsbury
Dutton
Egmont USA
Harcourt
HarperCollins
Harlequin Teen
Hyperion
Little Brown
Simon and Schuster
Splinter
St. Martin’s Griffin
Walker


Plus these cool items donated by our SWAG Bag Sponsors...
Melissa Marr (Awesome Bags!)
Alyson Noël (Rad Rubber Braclets)
Melissa de la Cruz (Makeup Bags)
C.C. Hunter (Notepads & Compacts)
Simone Elkeles (Pens & Bookmarks)
Kensington (USB Drive Bracelets)
Blue Crush 2 (Cool Blue Watches)
Carolina Pad (Fun Pencil Cases)
Adele's Lit. Library (Bookmarks)
Assure (Delish Energy Beverage)

Awesome water resistant watch from the movie Blue Crush 2!


The SWAG bag is totally free
if you're one of the first 250 teens to register online for RT Teen Day!

And the all-day Teen Day ticket is only $25--plus you get to bring one adult for free.
So what are you waiting for? Register online here. And spread the word to your friends and family now because these bags are going fast! Can't wait to see you at Teen Day!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Featured Author: Margaret Stohl

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to meet Margaret on April 9!




If you could be a character in your books for a day, who would you be and why?
I'd be Link from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. I'd write some better lyrics for his band, the Holy Rollers, then knock back 7 pieces of Amma's pie.


Can you name one moment that stands out as a favorite since you've become a writer?
The first time I saw my first book -- I cried like a baby.


What is your favorite place to write? Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. coffee, chocolate, music, etc.)
I need massive earphones and the soundtrack to Spring Awakening. I would have said diet coke but I just gave it up!

Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.
Our third book (w/ Kami Garcia) in the Caster Chronicles comes out Oct 2011 - and it's pretty terrifying.




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Be among the first in line to meet Margaret and the other authors at RT Teen Day April 9!

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 will receive 1 Teen Day VIP Pass. Readers with a VIP pass will be the first in line to meet the authors at the Book Fair. Limited number of passes available. Please note you will still need to purchase the $25 teen day ticket online or $5 Book Fair ticket at the door in order for your VIP pass to be valid.

Enter below to win! Deadline is Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:59 PST.