January 4th, 2009

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents carriejones!

Need did not come out until December 23 and Santa was too busy to swing by the bookstore for me at that point, so he brought me Girl, Hero instead. I can't wait to read it and move on to Need--though I may have to wrestle it away from other members of the household.

NEED by Carrie Jones

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

Jenn: What would be the ideal spring break for some of your characters? The one
they'd remember fondly for the rest of their lives?

Carrie: Zara would like to go somewhere warm, really warm, and really un-Maine where there are no pixies and no human rights abuses and she’d hang out and go running with Nick (Her hot boyfriend) and hang out and drink slushies with umbrellas with him and Issie and Devyn. There would be a great deal of kissing and a great deal of sun involved. And NOBODY would be in danger.

Jenn: Do your characters go on any road trips? What are they looking for?

Carrie: Zara is on an airplane in the beginning of NEED because her mom is shipping her up to Maine from Charleston , but unfortunately there are no road trips. I think a rewrite is called for.

Jenn: Describe your worst spring break ever.

Carrie: That would probably be the break I went to a boyfriend’s house in New York . His mother and his brother got in a huge fight and he called her this word… It was a really REALLY bad word. They slammed a lot of doors. They swore a ton. Then I saw his dad naked. He was walking through the house in the middle of the night and I was up going to the bathroom. It was not the kind of nakedness that you want to see.

Jenn: Describe your best spring break ever.

Carrie:Well, on my best spring break ever there was no naked fathers (he was hairy, too) and there was no family feuds with the really bad words.

Basically, my best spring break ever was just me and my friends going to a bunch of concerts in Boston. We even went on a tour bus and brought roadies back to a hotel. It was pretty cool.

Visit Carrie's web site at www.carriejonesbooks.com!