September 12th, 2007

Defrosting Bev Katz Rosenbaum...

Berkley/Penguin - August ‘07- ISBN #13: 978-0-425-21563-0
$9.99 U.S., $12.50 CDN
Available at all major book retailers - Suitable for ages 11-17

Woohoo--Beyond Cool, the sequel (which can also be read as a stand-alone) to Bev Katz Rosenbaum’s phenomenally successful young adult novel, I Was a Teenage Popsicle, is finally here! (Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks, said Popsicle was, “Fresh and fun—an absolute blast!” Melissa Senate, author of Theodora Twist, described Popsicle as, “Cool, clever, and full of charm!” called it “super cool”. Popsicle was also recommended on Meg Cabot’s blog and included in a book quiz on!)

So, the story…

Floe Ryan was frozen for ten years. Crazy, but true. She was vitrified at sixteen because of a rare disease. Now she’s been thawed back to her normal self, but absolutely everything else has changed. Her little sister’s older than her, her teachers are now holograms (but still annoying), and instead of learning to drive a car, she’s trying to master a hovercar. And just when she starts warming up to this new scene, everything falls apart…

Her boyfriend is giving her the, er, cold shoulder, and worse, Dr. Dixon at the Cryonics Center tells her that people who were frozen are more susceptible to illnesses. The one doctor who can cure this immune system weakness has gone AWOL. Now it’s up to Floe and her brainy friend Sophie to find him. But they’re not the only ones looking for him--and this time, Floe could be iced for good…

Bev Katz Rosenbaum is a former fiction and magazine editor who found her calling when she fell in love with the books her kids were reading and the TV shows they were watching. She lives in Toronto with her family. Be sure to check out her awesome website at and her myspace page at, where she also blogs weekly. (You can also catch her occasional blog posts at

Jenn: Do you write full-time?

Bev: I write full-time in that I work from home full-time, but besides writing, I run a popular manuscript critique service. I pretty much devote myself to writing when I'm trying to get a proposal in or if I'm on deadline with a manuscript, and the rest of the time, I'm critiquing while thinking of new ideas. I keep vowing to spend the first half of each day writing and the second half critiquing, but that method just doesn't seem to work for me. Everyone always asks me, "Isn't it hard to pick up your book again after you've left it for such a long time?" and the truth is, erm, no. I find it hard to break up my days! And yes, of course my in-house editing background helps me immensely as a writer, though I have to say, it's extremely difficult to have any kind of perspective on your own book(s). Thank goodness I have a great writer's group to judge my work!

I left in-house editing after my first book, a romance, was published, many years ago, and since then, I've been cobbling together income from various sources: freelance writing, critiquing, and writing for magazines in addition to writing the novels.

Jenn: Where do you write?

Bev: I write in a tiny corner at the back of my galley kitchen. In it is a small computer desk, a file cabinet and a desk chair, and that's it! I have framed photos of my covers on the wall, and a great view outside to my backyard. (I can procrastinate for hours watching the squirrels do acrobatics on the trees...)

Jenn: What makes you happiest about writing?

Bev: That I can be my own boss and work in sweatpants! (I know, everybody says that, but you just cannot underestimate the appeal of not wearing heels every day...)

Jenn: Give us a run-down on all your books. How do you see this new book fitting into the work you've produced so far?

Bev: Well, I'm def a YA writer for life. I'm going to continue to write fun, lighter fare a la Beyond Cool for preteens and younger teens, but perhaps attempt some more serious, harder-hitting books for older teens...

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