Today Lucienne Diver is stopping by the GCC to talk about her new book, VAMPED, which came out just last week! If you love vampire stories, glamor, and high school VAMPED is right up your alley! Ive heard about this book for a LONG time, and now I’m completely stoked to read it–my copy should be here any day now from Amazon! I was not a huge fan of TWILIGHT, but I have a feeling that VAMPED will leave me hungry for more . . . And Lucienne is also a literary agent! Isn’t that cool? But before I get to the same eight questions I always ask authors about glamor and celebrity, let’s find out a little more about Lucienne and VAMPED!
Lucienne Diver is a long-time book addict who went to work for NYC’s Spectrum Literary Agency fifteen years ago to feed her habit. Recently, she traded in her high-rise for a lake view. She now lives in Florida and works for The Knight Agency (www.knightagency.net). Through various play-dates and in various coffee bars, on the backs of envelopes, carry-out bags and anything else within reach, including, sometimes, her checkbook, she’s penned the serio-comic tale of what happens when a young fashionista goes from chic to eek.
From “Valley Vamp Rules for Surviving Your Senior Prom” by VAMPED heroine Gina Covello:
Rule #1: Do not get so loaded at the after prom party that you accidentally-on-purpose end up in the broom closet with the surprise hottie of the evening, say the class chess champ who’s somewhere lost his bottle-cap lenses and undergone an extreme makeover, especially if that makeover has anything to do with becoming one of the undead.
Gina Covello has a problem. Waking up a dead is just the beginning. There’s very little she can’t put up with for the sake of eternal youth and beauty. Blood-sucking and pointy stick phobias seem a small price to pay. But she draws the line when local vampire vixen Mellisande gets designs on her hot new boyfriend with his prophecied powers and hatches a plot to turn all of Gina’s fellow students into an undead army to be used to overthrow the vampire council.
Hey, if anyone’s going to create an undead entourage, it should be Gina! Now she must unselfishly save her classmates from fashion disaster and her own fanged fate.
What people are saying:
“VAMPED is a total delight! Diver delivers a delightful cast of undead characters and a fresh, fast take on the vampire mythos. Next installment, please!” — Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series
“I really sunk my teeth into Lucienne Diver’s VAMPED. A fun, frothy, teenage romp with lots of action, a little shopping, and a cute vampire guy. Who could ask for more?” — Marley Gibson, author of GHOST HUNTRESS: The Awakening
“This book rollicked along, full of humor, romance, and action. Gina is a smart-aleck heroine worth reading about, a sort of teenage Besty Taylor (Undead and Unwed) with a lot of Cher Horowitz (Clueless) thrown in. Fans of Katie Maxwell will devour “Vamped.” — Rosemary Clement-Moore, author of the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series
“Move over Buffy! Lucienne Diver transfuses some fresh blood into the vampire genre. Feisty, fashionable and fun–Vamped is a story readers will sink their teeth into and finish thirsty for more.” —Mari Mancusi, author of The Blood Coven Vampires series
1. What (or who) do you consider to be glamorous and why?
Halle Barry, Catherine Zeta Jones, Selma Hayek. I’d pretty much give my left kidney to look like any one of these women – I’m kind of attached to my right. Partly it’s the exotic looks, partly it’s the way they make it look effortless…not that you don’t see the make-up and designer clothes and all that, but their smiles and their natural glow are what make them truly glamorous.
2. If you weren’t a writer, what other career would you like to attempt?
Well, I’m also an agent, and I can’t imagine anything better. I love working with brilliant, creative, unique people and helping dreams be fulfilled. Plus, no one will trust me with a magic wand, so fairy godmother is right out.
3. What is the one article of clothing in your closet that you can’t bear to part with?
Wow, just one? It would have to be my gorgeous, steel-boned corset shot through with gold, red and green thread. It’s the most completely decadent (and costly) thing in my closet, but I only get to wear it a few times a year when I go to Renaissance faires.
4. Who is your fav celebrity?
Beyond Hugh Jackman? Joss Whedon, hands down. He’s absolutely a brilliant writer and an outside-the-box thinker. His characters and dialogue are inspirational.
5. If you could put together a “dream cast” of the big screen version of your book, who would play the leads?
Another toughie! I think that Miranda Cosgrove from iCarly would make a wonderful Gina, as would Ashley Tisdale. Bobby…well, Zac Efron is probably on everyone’s wish list!
6. Britney: Comeback or train wreck?
Her scooter has definitely jumped the curb, but people have come back from worse.
7. What is your fav glam or exotic location to visit? (Mine’s Paris!)
Ooh, I loved Paris! I desperately want to get back there. I also truly loved Glastonbury Abbey, Bath, London, everywhere we’ve been in Scotland, Heidelberg, Germany, and, of course, the Big Apple.
8. Which character in your work do you most relate to and why?
Between the glamor girl and the geek, I’m definitely the latter. Oh, I’ve learned to dress up and schmooze, but beneath it all is the girl who just wants to put on her drawstring pants and curl up with a good book.
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