Penguin Books for Young Readers is proud to announce the release of Linda Gerber’s DEATH BY DENIM, the third in the DEATH BY series.
Aphra Connolly is being chased by some very dangerous people. She knows her survival depends upon staying far away from love interest Seth, and listening to her mom’s lectures on the finer points of anonymity and survival. But how is a girl supposed to live under the radar and not think about her boyfriend when she’s in Paris—the most romantic city in the world? When her mom’s contact in Paris is found floating in the Seine with a deadly message stuffed in his mouth, Aphra realizes that she will never be able to stop running unless she confronts the situation head-on. Sneaking away from her mom, Aphra tracks down the criminal mastermind in Italy, only to unwittingly reveal Seth’s location. And her mistake has just put them both in mortal danger. . . .
Jenn: In my book The Ex Games, Hayden has to overcome her fear of heights to make it as a professional snowboarder. What are your characters afraid of, and how do they conquer their fears?
Linda: Aphra’s biggest fear is that she’ll have to keep running forever. She also worries that she’ll never see Seth again. And she’s afraid of letting her mom down. Finally, she decides that the only way to conquer those fears are to meet them head on – which gets her into a lot of trouble.
Jenn: What has been your greatest fear as a writer, and how have you dealt with it?
Linda: I have a lot of non-productive fears that I don’t want to validate by listing them here. Let’s just say a lot of them have to do with self-doubt and worries about things I can’t control. I figure the only way to deal with those kinds of fears is to keep working and not let them hold me back, so that’s what I try to do.
Jenn: In The Ex Games, Hayden goes head-to-head with her ex-boyfriend in a snowboarding challenge. Are you involved in any sports? How do you think being a woman has affected you as an athlete?
Linda: I’m *cough* not much of an athlete these days. But I think yes, absolutely gender affects the opportunities for female athletes. For example, right now, even as you're reading this, women ski jumpers are fighting for the right to compete in their sport in the Olympics. If you can believe this - men are allowed to jump, women are not. The IOC has some really thin reasoning as to why they are being so stubborn on this issue, but none of them really hold water. The fight is heating up this week, as a matter of fact, as the Canadian women’s team has turned to the legal system for help in their country to break this unfair gender barrier. You can follow the fight and get updates (and voice your support!) at wsjusa.com and skijumpingcanada.com.
Jenn: For good or ill, I design my own web site. Who designed yours? What’s your favorite part of your web site that you wish more people would visit?
Linda: My designer is Barb Aeschliman from Jaleroro-webdesigns.com. To be honest, we actually need to update the site – I’m more active keeping my blog up to date! – so, at the moment, there’s not any one part I wish would be frequented more because I cringe that it needs work.
Jenn: What’s your favorite gizmo advertising your book?
Linda: My only gizmo is this fun countdown clock. I really need to learn more about gizmos… and find the time to play with them!
Don't miss Linda's book launch party May 14 - 16 at lindagerber.blogspot.com!