Monday, March 23, 2009

The Monday Muse: Interview with Kimberly Pauley & Giveaway!

Today's Muse: Kimberly Pauley
Author of: Sucks to Be Me
Want to win a copy? Details for the "March Madness" giveaway below!
Bookworm: Welcome, Kimberly and Happy Monday! To start, will you please tell us what made you want to write about vampires?
Kimberly: Well, honestly, I'd never really "wanted" to write about vampires. I never would have thought that my first book would be about them, in fact! Shoot, if I'd known how big vampires were going to explode (I wrote the book in 2005 before Twilight), I don't know if I would've written it at all. But, basically, I had an idea that sounded fun and I ran with it. It was a lot of fun to write.

Bookworm: If you could meet any characters from your book, who would you choose?
Kimberly: Probably George because I really like his sense of humor. And Uncle Mortie, since I think he'd be a total trip.

Bookworm: How long did it take to write the novel?
Kimberly: Um...probably about 6 to 8 months, give or take. I was working on some other things at the time, so it's hard to say exactly.

Bookworm: What was/were your favorite book(s) of 2008?
Kimberly: That's a really hard question. Normally, it would be a really easy one, but we had a baby in 2008 and I didn't do nearly the reading I normally do. Not even close! It's hard to even remember a non-board book that I read! I did post a few reviews on YA Books Central, but this year I plan on reading much more and keeping track better, too. However, the last books I read were Scat by Carl Hiassen (great, as always), Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin (loved her first book and I really liked this one too), and Losers by Matthue Roth (lots better than I thought it would be, very fun read). 

Bookworm: If you were a vampire, what would you miss most about the human world?
Kimberly: Sleep!

Bookworm: I'd have to agree....although it seems like we never get enough of it! (: So, what would your favorite thing be if you were a vampire?
Kimberly: Not gaining any weight! Well, and living essentially forever. As a writer, I just wanna KNOW what happens next. And next, and next, and next.

Bookworm: Who's your favorite non-Sucks to Be Me vampire character?
Kimberly: Hmmmmmmmmm. I stopped reading vampire fiction after I found out my novel was going to be published, so that makes this question a wee bit harder. Maybe I'll go weird and say Mina Harker from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...

Bookworm: So, what's next for Mina and the rest of the Sucks to Be Me
Kimberly: I'm working on the sequel now. The Vampire Relocation Agency (VRA) has a big change in store for her and Raven (remember Raven?) has really got it in for her. Serena is going to have some drama with a capital D and she also runs into a new vampire or two that she's not sure are friend or foe (but sure are cute).

Bookworm: Sounds very exciting--I can't wait to read on! Well, thanks so much for stopping by, Kimberly! I can't wait to see what happens next!
  Want to sink your teeth into a copy of Sucks to Be Me (trust me, you'll want to--it's that good!)? To enter, comment below with a way to contact you and your answer to the following question:
Who is YOUR favorite vampire character?
Remember, it's +1 for becoming a follower, +2 if you're already a follower, and +1 for posting about it on your blog/website. All March Madness contests end on April 6, midnight PST!
If you haven't checked out the other giveaways (for Melissa Walker's Violet in Private and Lisa Greenwald's My Life in Pink and Green), go on over right now (links in my sidebar)!
   Don't forget to check back next week for the last interview/giveaway of March! And have a great week. (:


Mrs. Magoo said...
Edward, of course!
+2 Already a follower

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Excellent interview! I loved this book. It was very funny!

Michelle Kuo said...

I would love to read that book! Haha of course, I'd have to say Edward Cullen is my favorite vampire character. I absolutely LOVED him when I was reading the series, and I still do. I also really liked Alice, she seemed so graceful and girly but then at the same time she could be really quick and bold.


I'm already a follower!
I also posted here:

BookWormz said...

Such a great blog! Love this interview! :)

Steph Su said...

I've been wanting to read this for a loooong time. Thanks for the contest! My favorite vampire character is, most recently, Lucius Vladescu from Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Beth Fantaskey, the author, takes the typical young and arrogant vampire type and spins it into a tale of such darkness, such self-loathing, that it made me care for Lucius all the more in the end.

I am already a follower, and I've linked to this contest on my sidebar. :)

stephxsu at gmail dot com

bridget3420 said...

Edward Cullen is my favorite vampire character.


bridget3420 said...

I'm already a follower:)


Erika Lynn said...

my favorite vampire character? Bianca from Evernight at the moment.

I am already a follower in google reader

and I blogged about it here

Lalaland said...

The interview was really interesting. I think I would miss sleep too if I was a vampire.

I'm already a follower.

I blogged about it.

Lalaland said...

Woops. I forgot tell you who my favorite vampire character. Probably Darren Shan from Cirque Du Freak. He sounds real, even though he is a vampire, but could really be your friend.

ttt1612 AT yahoo DOT com

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I loved this one and thought it was such a fun read. My favorite vampire chracter? Hmm...I like Damen in Evermore, but he's not really a vampire, he's an immortal. (does that count?) I also really like Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing, but he hunts vampires instead of being one. (But he looks so good while doing it!)

katayoun said...

first to comment!! :) and i'm already a follower and i would choose mjd's queen betsy, she's fun

Pissenlit said...

Oh, I did very much like Mina Harker in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen(graphic novel, not movie) but I think I'm going to go with Thomas from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.

Katie said...

-Edward from the Twilight series
-I'm already a follower

Laina said...

Ooooh, great contest!!!!!! I really want this one.

Okay, call me a fangirl and I'll start smacking, but Edward, of course. Lol.

Anyways, I'm already a follower and I put a link here:

And I'm in Canada, hope that's okay.

stephanie said...

my fave vampire character is edward only cuz he is effin hot (and no, i'm not talking about robert pattinson...)

im already a follower

and im posting this to my site (SIDEBAR):


Shalonda said...

How awesome!

Funny thing about Kimberly. When she lived in Louisville, I lived basically across the alley from her. But I didn't know she was the YA Goddess until after she moved :(

I'm already a follower.

Contest is posted on my sidebar!

Kimberly Pauley said...

Hey Shalonda! That's funny! I do miss our lovely old house in Louisville, but I can't say I miss the frat boys throwing up in our front yard on Friday nights!

I wrote the book while I was in Louisville, a lot of it on our front porch and some of it at the Old Louisville Coffee House (that's another place I miss!)

donnas said...

I have to agree Edward is great. But currently my favorite is Shane McAllister in Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready.

donnas said...

Im already a follower.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Llehn said...

Spike from Buffy!!!


Silvia said...

Edward is my beloved vampire!

+1 became a follower
+1 Posted on my sidebar

Blodeuedd said...

Is this open worldwide? if so then

blodeuedd1 (at) gmail (dot) com

For me it's Zadist from the Black dagger Brotherhood by J.R.Ward

KD said...

great Interview! and okay Im going to be different and not asy that my faorite vampire it edward cullen, instead I am going to say that Alice is my favorite Vampire and that In the *movie* twilight I am going to marry Jasper! lol :D

1. Already a follower
2. and will post this in sidebar!

Kd's Library

PopinFresh said...

I liked Louis from Interview with a Vampire and Claudia too.


~ Popin

(: Isa :) said...

Yippy! Christian from Vampire Academy is probably my favorite vampire.

katie said...

My favorite vampire character is probably Alice from Twilight. She is just so bubbly and fun.
Thanks for the contest!!!
+2 already a follower

Jenna said...

Who is YOUR favorite vampire character?
- Alice Cullen (Book, Not Movie)

contact me at

...+2 if you're already a follower

Violet Vixen said...

Right now, my favorite vampire is Thomas from the Dresden Files, but I'm very fickle.

sarah said...

my fav vampire is Eric from the house of night series

mindy said...

not sure if it counts or not but the original dracula thanks for the giveaway

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.
My favorite is Jean-Claude from the Anita Blake Vampire Series By Laurel K Hamilton.


BUSY BEE said...

I prefer Lestat...a little bit older reference than twilight.

thanks for the giveaway.

whitten100 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...


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Megan said...

My favorite vampire character is Zoey Redbird from House of Night Series. I also loved Alice from Twilight.

I already am a follower.


Jenn said...

well I probably would have said Edward but since alot of people have already said him I'll say that my favorite vampire character is Eric from the house of night series.I just became a follwer.
oh and i hope its okay if I live in Canada...

Anonymous said...

I'm torn between Alice from Twilight and Bianca from Evernight... both of them are awesome as vampires! =D

Lilibeth Ramos said...

My favorite vampire would be
Jean-Claude from Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunters Series!

Lilibeth Ramos said...

+1 just became a follower!

Indigo said...

Favorite vampire would have to be Armand from Anne Rice. There is something to be said for tortured souls and reflection. Louis takes a close second.

I'm also following you on Google Reader.

Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo


Liyana said...

Does a half vampire count? If so, it's Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. She has some super cool moves. If not, then Lissa, her best friend. She's very influential.

I'm a follower and I blogged about this here.

Here's my email:

Emilie said...

I like Angel and Spike from the Buffy-verse...

+1 following

emvark at gmail dot com

Debs Desk said...

I love Edward Cullen. Please include me in your giveaway.

Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.

Carrie said...

Lets see, favorite Vampire character? Probably Eric from Charlaine Harris' Sookie novels. Although I'm not too happy with the True Blood TV Eric. Oh well.

And I'm a follower.


scottsgal said...

Edward fan here - thanks

msboatgal at

tatertot374 said...

My favorite vampire character would have to be Louie from Interview with the Vampire. Love that story. The movie wasnt bad either
Thank you

WhatBriReads said...

Edward, of course! :)

+1 became a follower
+1 posted your contest in my blog.



malleycc said...

my fav vampire is Edward too. Seems he is a winner so far.

Book Junkie said...

Hmm... Henry Fitzroy

+1 I'm now a follower

Polo.Pony said...

+1: My favorite vampire...hmmm I cant remember her name, but the girl and boy from "Vampire Diaries, Nightworld!"
+1: I became a follower!
+1: I posted your contest on the sidebar on my blog here (copy and paste links together):

Thanks for the great contest, and I love your blog layout!

TruBlu93 said...

edward. (I know, totally unoriginal but what can I say? lol)

I am already a follower.

I'll add a link to my sidebar


MJ said...

I'll have to choose Edward too



liane66 said...

I like Edward from the Twilight series.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Wrighty said...

This sounds so good! Please include me too. One of my favorite vamps is Angel, although there are so many to chose from now!

- I'm now a follower
- I've added this to my sidebar


Taylor said...

Hmm, Edward!
I am a follower already and this is linked on my sidebar!

BN Book Blog said...

Already following... but for favorite vampire, going to have to go with Con from Robin McKinley's Sunshine.

Beth & Nathan

Marie said...

I have to admit to being a huge fan of Spike (from the Buffy and Angel tv shows). He's been my favorite vampire for a long time now :-)

xdaisyx said...

I would have to say Dimitri from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

I am already a follower aand have posted the link on my blog (you have to scroll down a bit)

xdaisyx said...

Oops, Forgot to write down the link.

Jayme said...

while I love me some Edward, I also adore Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse novels :)

already following!

Jayme said...

forgot my email!

Book Spot said...

I'll probably lose some points for my vampire not being from a book (that's allowed, right?) given that this is a book blog, but.... Spike from Buffy is my favorite vampire. He just is :D

book.splotATgmailDOTcom (or the email with my comment)

Anonymous said...

I would absolutely love to win this, it sounds like something right up my reading alley. As for my current fave vampire, I'd have to say Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series. But who knows, if I read this book, maybe I'll have a new fave! Thanks!
pjgirl74 at aol dot com

Kate said...

My fave vampire character would have have to be James from the Twilight Series. I never really liked Edward, just too damn creepy or Bella, so insecure and whiny. James had the right idea, kill them :D

The Volturi rock :)

Miranda said...

Anonymous said...

Definatly secound Spike as my favorite. For sure!