The Book: Senior Year Bites by Author J.A. Campbell
Senior year is supposed to be fun: boys, dances and graduation. It’s significantly harder to enjoy it when you’re dead. Truth or Dare is supposed to be fun too. It’s not even close to dangerous, so playing at Steph’s house didn’t seem like a bad idea. My dare? Spend the rest of the night in the graveyard next to her house. No big deal, right? Right. I survived the attack, but it took me a few days to figure out what was going on. I mean vampires might stalk pop culture, but they’re just myths. Yeah. Not so much. School is a lot more difficult when you’re a nocturnal creature of the night. I was managing, but I couldn’t keep it hidden from my friends for long. After I managed to accidentally save one of our cheerleaders from her drunk and ill-intentioned boyfriend Steph decided that we should be cool, like superheroes, and fight crime. Only I’m a vampire, not a hero, and we live in a sleepy New England town, so crime’s a
little harder to come by. At least it is until a serial killer moves into the area. He’s got
the authorities stumped, but then again, the cops don’t have a teenage, blood-sucking,
non-hero on their team.
My 10 Second Book Review
This is not your average teen supernatural/vampire type novel. No sparkles here people. The characters manage to be both refreshing and surprising.
Since sarcasm is my natural state it makes this series my new BFF.
The best part, the pace. I find that many novels in the young adult genre are verrrrryyy slloooooowwwwwwww paced. Like teens are slow! Have you seen them text people??? This story moves at a ‘real’ teen pace.
The ‘romance’ aspect was subtle and perfect. For once it wasn’t simply ‘all about a boy/girl’. It was an actual story. Well, hey, they’re teens, so of course there’s gotta be some toe tingling sexual tension, but at least it wasn’t the only tension. The whole ‘a girl’s gotta eat’ part had plenty of that too. 😉
Based on First Release by new Author I rate this Novel: 5 fang bites outta 5!
The 10 Question / 10 sec Author Interview
You dedicated your book to Mardel, would you like to share why you chose this particular individual?
We ran into each other on Livejournal and started talking, which led to me sending her some of my Senior Year Bites chapters. She loved them, and since she didn’t know me, she had no reason to lie. It really kept me going at that time, and her constant encouragement and support has kept me going ever since.
Did you outline and plot it, or wing it?
I come up with a synopsis (dirty word!) and then wing it. Pantzer all the way.
Who was your favorite character to write?
Oh man, in this book, probably Alexander. He’s an arrogant ass, but he’s a good guy too. I originally intended for him to be the bad guy, but he looked down his nose at me one day and said, “Why would I bother with all that trouble of being a murderer?” He had a point and I went with it. His interactions with Meg really made him a lot of fun to write too.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book?
Staying motivated for a “side project.” I never really intended to try and publish SYB.
Who designed your cover art?
What book are you reading now?
Fallenwood by Leslie Soule
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Julie Particka, Tiffany King, Jen Wylie, Sean Hayden, Rusty Fisher, Terri-Lynn DeFino (I’ve been reading a lot of new authors this year. These are my Favs so far)
If you had to choose, who would you consider your writing mentor to be?
Indirectly Kelley Armstrong because of her online writing group and some great advice she gave me way back when.
What are your current projects?
Summer Break Blues (Sequel to SYB), My first Doc Novella, Editing Nightmare, I could keep going, but this is supposed to be short. LOL.
What would you like say to your readers out here in ‘We love Julie!’ land?
I love you guys too! Thanks so much for reading my books and encouraging me to keep on writing.
Tammy’s Tip of the Week
I’m not much of a ‘book reviewer’ per say, really it’s only something I try to do once in awhile to help out a fellow writer pal. Worse yet, I’ve NEVER interviewed anyone before. I was very nervous and had no idea where to start. Which of course led me to thinking, what would I want to read? It came easy after that. Being the straight shooter type that I am came up with the 10/10 concept. More like a teaser than an actual full on interview. So what’s my tip? Listen to your gut peeps. If you want a great concept or blog idea it starts the same way your next great story does, with YOU. People will love it or hate it regardless, so don’t focus on what you think others want to read, focus on what you want to SAY. The rest will fall into place I promise. So sit back, relax, crack a beer….THEN hope like bloody hell they like it. 😉