Happy Book Birthday Lucienne Diver! Her Vamped series is completed today with the release of Fangdemonium! I’ve asked her to join us to discuss how it is to write YA and keep up with the trends –Mindy
I’ve written a young adult series (Vamped) and an adult series (Latter-day Olympians) and in neither case did I specifically set out to target a particular market. I followed the direction of the characters that started talking at me, which always makes me sound a bit mental, but there it is. The Vamped series began with Gina, rising fully formed like Athena from the head of Zeus…no, wait, that would be the Latter-day Olympians series. Anyway, you get the picture. We’ve all known a Gina. She’s that girl from high school—the one who always had the perfect hair, the most stylish clothes, the fanciest nails. The one we all envied.
Well, I killed her. Sorry about that.
Oh, okay, she rises from the dead, but into her own personal version of hell. She’s undead, which means she has no reflection. No way to fix her hair and make-up. No tanning options and no more mochas, skinny or otherwise. But she does get to try the latest fad diet. Bloody, baby!
I think I might have been working out some issues, torturing the popular girl.
The point is that when Gina appeared, I didn’t think about whether I was writing adult or young adult. Gina was a force of nature. I just let her run with things, all the while throwing obstacles against her. If high school wasn’t bad enough with cliques, politics and power plays, how about tossing federal agents and other fiends into the mix? What about a psycho-psychic or an arch-nemesis?
It’s been awhile, though, since my school days. I found that the biggest challenge with writing modern teens was keeping up with the pop culture references. I’m a little (cough) older than my audience. I’m still on Facebook, if that tells you anything. I’ve been schooled by my teen on where the cool kids are hanging out now, which tells you as clearly as anything that I was never one of them. I’ve flipped through issues of Teen Vogue and Justine Magazine or just asked said teen about who’s currently hot and who’s not. My browser history shows everything from “dark-haired, blue-eyed young stars” to “Salem witch trials” to “ley lines”. I do research, I look, I listen, but most of all, I remember back to my high school days, and I channel all the immediacy, all the drama, the highs and the lows into my writing. I might never have fought a rival vampiress or federal flunkies, but I had enemies, I had allies, and you’d better believe I fought my own battles. I think all good writers take what they know and then twist it and turn it until it’s better, stronger, and much more newsworthy.
Thank you Lucienne!
The Vamped series is full of fangs, fun and fast-paced fangdemonium. Wondrous Reads said of it: “It’s like Mean Girls with fangs.” VOYA says, “This is a witty vampire romance/adventure with plenty of heart and action…that will attract even reluctant readers.”
The much-anticipated fifth and final book in the series, Fangdemonium is out July 17th, 2017, Who will win – the Feds or the fangs? And what will that mean for the rest of us?
Fanged and fabulous . . . and hunted.
Gina Covella, fashionista of the fanged, and her entourage are primed to reveal the existence of vampires on the popular Ghouligans television show, when their former federal handlers swoop in to shut them down and imprison the vamps in one of their super secret testing facilities. Or not so secret, as the gang knows all about the horror hospitals and has sworn to take them down.
Their daring escape runs them right into the arms of “the resistance”—a group of humans and vampires who’ve joined together to stop the fighting that’s made Gina and her boy Bobby’s hometown a bloody battlefield. Going home brings them back to old nemeses as well, including the psycho psychic who declared Gina “chaos” and Bobby “the key”. They hope he’ll unlock the secret of stopping the Feds’ freakshow experiments for good, because they’re building up to something big. Huge. And they’re consolidating their power in the Big Easy, aka New Orleans, where what’s cooking is nothing less than the final showdown.
Publisher: Lore Seekers Press
Release date: July 17th, 2017
Purchase Link: Amazon
There’s a tour-wide giveaway for four copies of FANGDEMONIUM or a 20 dollar gift certificate! Open to US residents only.
About LUCIENNE DIVER
Lucienne Diver is the author of Vamped young adult series (think Clueless meets Buffy) and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series from Samhain, which Long and Short Reviews called “a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan”. Her short stories have appeared in the KICKING IT anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (Roc Books), the STRIP-MAULED and FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books) and her essay “Abuse” was published in DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). More information can be found on her website.