by Lucienne Diver
What do you wear to face down a cadre of killer kids?
Gina Covello would rather be working on her manicure than missions for the Feds’ paranormal unit to which she’s been recruited. That changes when a group of killer kids takes out a family in the sunshine state and disappearances begin to plague the lifestylers who only play at the kind of existence our fanged fashionista leads. She and her crew are sent undercover into the vampire clubs…which turn out to be run by real vampires. While Gina’s BFF Marcy hangs with the steampunk-styled Burgess Brigade that seems to have spawned the killer kids, Gina herself is supposed to get in good with the fanged fiends behind the scenes, even to the point of playing double-agent, offering to hand over her powerful boyfriend Bobby. Her playacting threatens to become a bit too real when she discovers things about her spy handlers that make her wonder whether she’s truly on the right side of the battle between Feds and fangs.
Jenn: What’s your favorite gizmo advertising your book?
Lucienne: My Vamped series music video! Also, I’ve made the MP3 available for fans to download free on my website.
Jenn: How does this book fit in with your others? Is it part of a series, unrelated but the same sort of book, or a real departure?
Lucienne: This is the third book in the Vamped series, but each of the books can be read as a stand-alone, because each takes my fanged fashionista and her friends to another place and another mystery or undercover assignment. For instance, the first novel, Vamped, was set in the made-up town of Mozulla, Ohio. The second, Revamped, takes place in my old hometown of Wappingers Falls, New York and features a cameo from the haunted mansion where my husband and I met. Fangtastic takes place in the sunshine state, a singularly unhealthy place for the undead.
Jenn: What’s the weirdest thing you were doing or the weirdest place you were when you came up with part of this book?
Lucienne: Wow, I’d have to think about that. I get a lot of my ideas in the shower or while driving in the car, two places where I’m ill equipped to write anything down, of course! Mostly, though, I was inspired by the eclectic people in the club on which I based The Tower, which in Fangtastic is run by true-vamps to take the money of the lifestylers who call it home.
Jenn: What good books have you read lately?
Lucienne: In young adult, I’m a huge fan of the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine; the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins; the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill; anything by Rosemary Clement-Moore--
Jenn, interrupting: WOO-HOO YAY ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE!
Lucienne: --Legacy, a debut YA novel by Molly Cochran; Subject Seven by James A. Moore, the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I could go on practically forever....
Jenn: What’s next for you?
Lucienne: Thanks for asking! The fourth book in the series, Fangtabulous, will be out in January 2013. In the meantime, I’ve got an adult series of urban fantasy novels, the Latter-Day Olympians, begun. The first novel, Bad Blood, is out in digital and will be out in print from Samhain on May 1st. Long and Short Reviews called it “a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan,” which has to be my favorite pull quote ever, since these are two of my favorite authors. I’m two-thirds of the way through writing the sequel, Crazy in the Blood, which will be out later in the year.
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