May 8th, 2009

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Lucienne Diver!

VAMPED
by Lucienne Diver



Gina Covello's Perks and Pitfalls of Vamp Life


1. Hello?! Eternal youth and beauty!

2. Free. Designer. Clothes.

3. My hot new boyfriend Bobby went from chess dud to vamp stud.

4. No reflection! First order of business: turn my own stylist to stop the downward spiral from chic to eek.

5. Vampire vixen Mellisande has taken an interest in my boyfriend, and is now transforming the entire high school into her own personal vampire army. If anyone's going to start their own undead entourage it should be me.

I guess I'll just have to save everyone from fashion disasters and other fates worse than death.

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?

Lucienne: Gina Covello, my heroine from Vamped, is afraid of going through eternal life a total schlub. What good is perpetual youth if she can’t even touch up her hair and make up? And eternity without tanning options…barely worth living. She decides that the only way to go is to turn her stylist, maybe start an entire entourage. Unfortunately, Mellisande, local vampire vixen, has gotten there first, turning Gina’s former classmates into her very own undead army. The only way for Gina to regain her social standing is to save her classmates from fashion and other disasters.

Jenn: What has been your greatest fear as a writer, and how have you dealt with it?

Lucienne: That people will hate my work and decide that I’m some sort of fraud. By the time Vamped hit publication I’d read it so many times that I couldn’t tell anymore if it was any good. I was convinced that it wasn’t. I’m still waiting for someone to call me on it. So, dealing…that’s a work in progress.

Jenn: Boy, do I empathize.

*pause for deep sigh*

Moving on...

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?

Lucienne: I don’t think being a woman has affected my athleticism. Being an asthmatic…now that’s a different thing. I grew up with severe asthma. Probably part of the reason I’m the bookaholic that I am is that I spent so much of the time other kids were running around curled up with a good book. I went through about three a day. Gradually, as I got older, my asthma got better, but thankfully my addiction to books remained.

Jenn: For good or ill, I design my own web site. Who designed yours?

Lucienne: Denise Biondo designed my site. She’s amazing. I threw a bunch of ideas at her of what I might want and she managed to interpret them into my image, but better. That’s how I feel Flux did with the Vamped cover as well. They asked me for suggestions and then came up with something way more fabulous than I could have conceived. I really love the main page of my website (http://www.luciennediver.com).

Jenn: That is a seriously adorable cover AND web site. What’s your favorite part of your web site that you wish more people would visit?

Lucienne: If I had a wish, it would be for more visitors to sign up for my newsletter (http://www.luciennediver.com/newsletter.html).

Jenn: What’s your favorite gizmo advertising your book?

Lucienne: I’m planning to do some YouTube promos and other things for the book, but I really need to get on the ball! Right now the coolest thing out there advertising Vamped is the podcast my publisher did, which you can check out here: http://fluxnow.blogspot.com/2009/04/eye-on-flux-april-2009-edition_29.html

Lucienne, thanks so much for visiting!