Wow, I can't believe that we've reached the end of the BIR2011 road. I have had so much fun this week sharing some of the favorite reads featured on the nest in 2011. We have loved seeing new faces and old friends stop by to check out the features and giveaways. I firmly believe that we have some of the best readers and followers out there. Thank you for making our blog a part of your time on the internet. We truly appreciate each one of you and hope to keep bringing you great features, giveaways, posts, and reviews in 2012. Enough with the mush - let's move on to today's book and author. I was ecstatic to have a chance to interview Amy Garvey about her book, Cold Kiss. I'd like to extend our thanks to Amy for her time and to HarperTeen for offering up a copy of the book for our readers.You will find the giveaway details at the end of this post.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: What led you to write a zombie book?
Amy: Writing a zombie book came out of curiosity, really. Someone in a casual conversation mentioned it, but I was fascinated. And I automatically thought about the kind of zombie Danny is, rather than the shuffling, brain-eating kind because, let's face it, that's not exactly romantic.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: Did you do any research on zombie lore or did you just jump into the writing?
Amy: I knew a little bit about the voodoo kind of zombie, but I didn't do a ton of research (hello, Wikipedia!). As with Wren's magic, I didn't want to pin anything down too specifically. The zombie isn't really the point, anyway -- the book is about how hard it is to let go.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: I loved Wren! What inspired her creation?
Amy: Wren just ... emerged, you know? I thought about who would raise someone from the dead in grief, and little by little she came to life. She's prickly and stubborn and impulsive but I love her.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: If you had to date one of the following, which would it be: zombie, vampire, werewolf, fallen angel?
Amy: Oh, definitely a werewolf, I think, if we're following old-school, only-on-the-full-moon rules. Willow and Oz seemed to get along just fine, after all. (Well, until he CHEATED, but that's another story.)
Andrea @ Reading Lark: Cold Kiss is your first YA book. What inspired you to try out this age group?
Amy: Cold Kiss is the first YA I've published under my own name, but it's not the first I've written. The first book I ever wrote start to finish was YA, actually, although that one will live forever in a box under the bed. And I created a YA series I sold to Penguin with a packager, which I also loved, but the publishing experience with that series wasn't an entirely happy one. Which is a long way of saying, I love YA -- it's what I've always wanted to write most. Many of my all-time favorite books are children's or YA. I think books for kids can be important, even life-changing, in a way adult books usually can't.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: What was the best part of writing Cold Kiss?
Amy: I loved exploring Wren's memories of Danny, and their relationship. Providing just enough to give the reader a sense of how different he is now and, I hope, making Wren's grief that much more sympathetic.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: Can you tell us a little about to expect in the follow up novel to Cold Kiss?
Amy: The followup to Cold Kiss is going to answer a lot of questions that were left open at the end of the book. And a lot of conflict with some new characters I had so much fun writing. "Demented" is a good word for one of them, which delights me.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: Wren is torn between Danny and Gabriel. Which one would you choose?
Amy: I don't think there's a choice, really. Danny deserves to rest, and once he realizes what's happened, there's no peace for him. I'm obviously partial to Gabriel, but I also don't think the book is specifically about Wren *choosing* -- what needs to be done about Danny is separate from her choice to be with Gabriel.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: If you could bring back one person from the dead, would you? If so, who would it be?
Amy: I'd like to think that I know better than to bring someone back from the dead, but grief is a hard thing to handle. That said, I might bring back someone like Sylvia Plath or Heath Ledger, just to show them that it's not always hopeless, and because both of them had so much more good work left in them.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: What is your favorite bird?
Amy: Favorite bird? A hawk, I think. Or an eagle! Definitely something powerful and majestic and a little bit dangerous, as well as beautiful.
Thanks for asking such great questions!
It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.
Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants—what she must do—is to bring Danny back.
But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.
Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her—and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.
But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.
Giveaway Time! One lucky Reading Lark reader will win a copy of Cold Kiss.
* You must be a Reading Lark follower
* You must be 13+ years old
* You must be a US Resident - No PO Boxes
* You must fill out the Cold Kiss Giveaway form!
* Leaving a comment on this post will earn you +3 entries into the giveaway.
One winner will be chosen using random.org. The contest runs from December 17-20.