Today's Muse: Kimberly Pauley
Author of: Sucks to Be Me
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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?
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!
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Who is YOUR favorite vampire character?
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