September 24th, 2011

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Jeri Smith-Ready!

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ENTHRALLED: PARANORMAL DIVERSION, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

This collection of original paranormal YA short stories grew out of the 2010 Smart Chicks Kick It Tour, a multiauthor, multicity, author-organized tour of the US and Canada. With it, these 16 authors hoped to bring a little taste of the Smart Chicks experience to readers everywhere.

Contributors to ENTHRALLED

Claudia Gray
Carrie Ryan
Margaret Stohl
Kami Garcia
Jackson Pearce
Rachel Vincent
Melissa Marr
Kelley Armstrong
Sarah Rees Brennan
Jeri Smith-Ready
Kimberly Derting
Ally Condie
Jessica Verday
Mary E. Pearson
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Rachel Caine

About the story “BRIDGE” by Jeri Smith-Ready

In the world of the SHADE novels, everyone seventeen and under can see and hear ghosts, but no one else can. So when Logan Keeley dies and his eighteen-year-old brother Mickey blames himself, they can’t ease each other’s pain or reconcile their rage. Over the course of SHADE and SHIFT, Mickey sinks into a near-suicidal depression over Logan’s death.

“Bridge” is the story, told in free verse, of how two brothers, with the help of a stranger, forge the chasm between them to find a lasting peace.

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

Jeri: At the beginning of SHIFT, Aura mentions a bunch of Playlists Logan made for her when he was alive, (“Like the ballad mix, ‘Missing the Shit out of You,’ the punk/hip-hop compilation, ‘Songs for Breaking Stuff,’ and the geek-rock study aid, ‘How to Not Hate Calculus’”), plus one that he made after he died, “Sucks to Be a Ghost (Sometimes).”

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Jenn: My July release, Love Story, is set in a creative-writing class. Did you ever take a class like that, and what was your experience?

Jeri: I had a half-year creative writing class in high school. I think I did pretty poorly because I wouldn’t follow instructions. I wrote what I wanted to write rather than what the assignment asked for. I’ve never taken a writing class since. I know they work great for lots of people, though.

Jenn: My heroine longs to be a novelist. Was your journey to publication filled with longing? Quick and easy? How did you make it?

Jeri: Big-time heartrending longing! It was five years from when I started writing until my first book (which was an ebook long before ebooks were cool, so it had a very small audience), and then another five years before my second book. On the other hand, I learned so much along the way, about the business and about myself, when it happened for real, I was mature enough and prepared enough not to freak out over every little setback. I definitely subscribe to the idea of “what doesn’t kill me will make me stronger.”

Jenn: In one of my creative-writing classes, I was taught never to write about writing. Oh well. Were you taught this too? Are there other writing rules you were taught that you still remember and either follow or throw out the window?

Jeri: I was taught early on to “color between the lines” genre-wise. Meaning, don’t mix genres like romance and fantasy, for instance, or fantasy and modern-day settings, or all three. But since I’m terrible at following advice, I went ahead and wrote what I wanted to write. Eventually cross-genre fiction became popular and that weird little niche called “urban fantasy” captured the world’s imagination as much as it captured mine.

Jenn: What good books have you read lately?

Jeri: I just finished Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER trilogy. So many tears! I’m a sucker for any writing that truly understands music and the power it has. Along those lines, I also adored WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman, the sequel to one of my all-time favorites, IF I STAY. I’m like a lot of people in that I didn’t want a sequel, but once I read it I realized the story was truly incomplete without it. Happy sigh….

I also just read an ARC for INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows, a unique fantasy also infused with music. It blew me away on every level, mind, heart and soul. That one comes out on January 31.

Jenn: When readers tell you they’ve read and loved all your books and they want recommendations for similar books to read now, what do you say?

Jeri: If the SHADE series is their favorite of mine, I’d recommend any of the books from the last question. If they love the WVMP RADIO books, I recommend Anton Strout’s Simon Canderous series or Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series.

Jenn: What’s next for you?

Jeri: I’m still revising/perfecting SHINE, the third part of the SHADE trilogy, which comes out May 1. Then I’ll write the final book in my adult vampire series, LUST FOR LIFE, which comes out next October.

Then I start my first YA contemporary, slated for a Fall 2013 release. We’ll be announcing more details next month, but I can tell you this much: 1) it’s about a boy and 2) I am very, very excited about it!

For the latest on Jeri's books, visit her web site at!