January 20th, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Carrie Jones!

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CAPTIVATE



In this NYT-Bestselling sequel to Need, Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

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?

Carrie: Zara is totally fascinated with phobias, and they are throughout Need and Captivate but her biggest fears are of who she is and of losing the people she loves and I TOTALLY can’t tell you how she overcomes them because it would be a super huge spoiler.

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

Carrie: I think I’m mostly afraid of just not being good enough to make it as a writer. I just keep writing. Last week Need and Captivate both debuted on the NYT Children's Bestseller lists at #10 and #7 and I still don’t feel like I’m really good enough, you know? But I embrace that and use it as a way to push myself to become better.

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?

Carrie: I kayak. I hike. I used to run and do gymnastics. My father’s family has really strong feelings against competitive sports. My brother rebelled against that and got letters in basically every sport there is, but me? I just sort of went with it. I’m not sure if that’s a female thing or a family thing or because I am totally uncoordinated.

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?

Carrie: Chris Maselli designed my personal one, which is www.carriejonesbooks.com.

I’m not sure who designed the Bloomsbury one, which is www.needpixies.com. I wish people would visit that one so the people at Bloomsbury will be happy and keep their jobs. Plus, it has a contest where you could win a computer.

I’m really just psyched anyone visits my website at all. I feel lucky.

Thanks Carrie, and congratulations on your success! Personally, my favorite part of Carrie's web site is her blog, where she posts videos of her dog and Muppets. Friend her at carriejones.