Wednesday, October 17

Tour:Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway



Death and the Girl Next Door
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Darklight series
Paperback: 274 pages
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

 
Purchase here: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository
 


~ Book Description ~

Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.



My interview with Darynda Jones


1.) What Made you want to write a YA series?

 Actually, I wrote YA long before anything else, since way back when I was a young adult, in fact, and my love for the genre has never waned. I decided to go back to that a few years ago, and I wrote Death and the Girl Next Door years before I started on my Charley Davidson seires. The adult series just happened to sell first.
 

2.) How did you come up with the Idea for the YA series?

When I started the first in the Darklight trilogy years ago, I knew I wanted to work on another YA project and I wanted it to be paranormal, so I just asked myself, if I were still in high school, who would be the last person I’d expect to see in algebra? Somewhere on that list was the Angel of Death. 


But the fun part was figuring out WHY he was there. *insert evil laugh*
 


 3.) How was it different writing the YA series verses your Adult series?

  I don’t find it that different, to be honest. I write with a rather young voice anyway, so the switch between the two is fairly effortless. I think the main difference for me is the fact that in my adult material, my heroine is quite flippant. I had to tone down that attitude for the YA. It is a bit more angsty.

 
4.) What was your favorite part to write and which character is your favorite or was your favorite to write?

I love the fight scenes with a fiery passion. They are fun to envision and to write. And for some reason, I think my favorite character is Brooklyn, my heroine’s best friend. I just like her. She is honest to the point of being brutal and yet fun and fiercely loyal. Everyone needs a BFF just like her.

 
5.) When your starting to write a new book do you use a outline and if so can you tell us a little bit about how you set yours up?

 I certainly can. I have quite the process, and I have learned NOT to mess with that process lest bring the wrath of the gods of writer’s block down upon my head. Here is what I do, and remember, you asked! Hahaha. (Pantsers [aka, people who write by the seat of their pants] might want to skip this part.)

Just for the record, I plot like there’s no tomorrow. I barely start a book without three distinct outlines.

1. The Skeleton Key: This answers four basic questions: Where are we? What time of day is it? What major event happens in this scene or series of scenes? And in what order does the story unfold?

2. The Outline: This is a brief synopsis of the entire book. It is usually about 5-9 pages long and is what I send my editor for approval before actually starting the book.

3. The Detailed Outline: This is where I take the skeleton key, plug the outline into the appropriate areas, then add any details I’ve come up with including specific scenes, little extras I want to reveal here and there, funny lines or situations I want to use, and even internal and external motivation. These outlines usually run between 40 and 60 pages, but remember that part about adding scenes? Yeah, by this point I’ve already written a nice chunk of the book.

Next, I take the final detailed outline, copy and paste it into my manuscript, and delete as I go. This way I never stray far from the conceived story. I don’t wander around aimlessly, wondering where I’m going. I know exactly what is coming next, and very often, if it’s a “hard” scene (meaning I’m too lazy to write it at that moment), I’ll jump to another scene. I don’t get bored and/or stuck very often and I rarely pull my hair out by its roots. I’ve tried pantsing it. It wasn’t pretty. I had writer’s block by the time I got to page three.

NOTE: Let me just say that I write ALL over the place. I do not write linearly in any way, shape or form. By having such a detailed map of where I’m going, I can write on chapter two one day and chapter nineteen the next. Another (possibly more important) advantage to this technique is that there’s never a dull moment. Each scene has a purpose. Each scene moves the story forward. This makes the book tight, the pacing strong, and the story smooth. Just sayin’.

Thank you so much for having me!
~D~



Death and the Girl Next Door (excerpt)
By Darynda Jones

 
I laughed to myself and headed toward the back of our favorite
and pretty much only hangout. It sat a mere block from our
alma mater, Riley High, and we practically lived in our corner
booth. I ducked past the snack counter and into a very dark back
hall. Judging by the boxes lining the narrow passage, I’d be taking
my life into my hands if I risked a journey to the little senorita’s
room without illumination, so I ran my hand along a
paneled wall. Where would I be if I were a light switch? Just as
the tips of my fingers found the switch, a silhouette stepped out
of the shadows and brushed past me. I startled with a gasp.

 “Excuse me,” I said, placing a hand over my heart.

 “Sorry.” The guy paused slightly before continuing on his
way, and in that instant, I saw the makings of utter perfection: a
long arm with shadowy curves that dipped around the fluid
lines of muscle; a tall, wide shoulder; dark hair that curled playfully
over an ear and led to a strong, masculine jaw. Something
inside me lurched, craving a closer look at his face, but he walked
by too fast and the hall was too dark for me to catch anything
else.

 After a couple of seconds, I realized my hand had brushed
against his arm. It was enough to send a vision crashing into me,
like the flash of a nuclear bomb, bright and unforgiving. Tamping
down my surprise— I hadn’t had a vision in a very long time— I
pressed shaking fingers to my forehead to wait out the familiar
torm, to see what treasures would wash ashore in the aftermath.

 
Yet the things I saw were unreal, impossible, and certainly not
of this world: A desolate landscape lay before me with scorched
clouds and a roiling, violet sky. The air was stagnant and so impossibly
thick, breathing it took effort. Then I heard the clanging
of metal. I turned to watch in horror as a being, a boy of no more
than sixteen or seventeen, fierce and somehow not quite human,
struggled with a dark, monstrous beast. The boy’s arms corded as
tendon and muscle strained against the weight of the sword he
wielded. He slashed again and again, but the monster was fast,
with razorlike talons and sharp, gleaming teeth, and the boy
knew what those teeth felt like when they sank into flesh, knew
the blinding pain that accompanied defeat. But he also knew the
power he himself wielded, the raw strength that saturated every
molecule of his body.

 Another herculean effort landed a thrust in the monster’s
shoulder and continued through its thick chest. The monster
sank under the boy’s sword with a guttural scream. The boy
looked on while the beast writhed in pain, watched it grow still
as the life drained out of it, and somewhere in the back of the
boy’s mind, he allowed himself to register the burning of his
lungs as he struggled to fill them with air.

 Blood trickled between his fingers, down the length of his
blade, and dripped to the powdery earth beneath his feet. I followed
the trail of blood up to three huge gashes across his chest.
Evidently three of the monster’s claws had met their mark,
laying the flesh of its enemy open. I gasped and covered my
mouth with both hands as the boy spun toward me, sword at the
ready. Squinting against the low sun, I could almost make out
his features, but the vision evaporated before I got the chance. A
heartbeat later, I was back in the dark hallway, gasping for air,
one palm pressed against my temple, the other against the wall

for balance.

 I squeezed my eyes shut, fought the memory of the vision,
the fear that summoned the taste of bile in the back of my throat,
the feel of blood dripping down the boy’s arm.





 
 
Death, Doom and Detention
03/05/2013

 
 
 

About the Author:

 
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


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12 comments:

  1. I love YA because you get very unique stories with a more classic slow build romance.

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  2. Terrific interview! It's so interesting to see how Darynda writes.

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  3. Great interview, we get a glimpse of what goes on in Darynda's head when she writes. It is a great start to a new YA series. I highly recommend it.

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  4. What do I love about YA?? Damn near everything! When I was a kid I'd come home from school, walk to the library, and spend hours there. I'd walk home with a stack of books, 5 or 6 at a clip. YA made me the reader I am today. As an adult, YA takes me right back to those library trips and the joy they brought me.

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  5. Great post! I love Darynda and anything she writes!!

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  6. Great Interview! I loved that Darynda shared with us how she writes. I am currently reading this book and I am already in love with it before it even ends. :) This is a must read for any Darynda Jones fan!

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  7. I dont read many YA series, but dang, this one ROCKED! I love Darynda Jones and cant wait for more in both her delightful series!

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  8. I love YA books for the great story that goes along with the romance. YA books always seem to leave me breathless and wanting more at the end. They are like a drug for me.

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  9. I really enjoy all the interviews Darynda gives - I like the insight into her writing and the books/characters!

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  10. I love YA books because they have such great stories!

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Wednesday, October 17

Tour:Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway



Death and the Girl Next Door
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Darklight series
Paperback: 274 pages
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

 
Purchase here: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository
 


~ Book Description ~

Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.



My interview with Darynda Jones


1.) What Made you want to write a YA series?

 Actually, I wrote YA long before anything else, since way back when I was a young adult, in fact, and my love for the genre has never waned. I decided to go back to that a few years ago, and I wrote Death and the Girl Next Door years before I started on my Charley Davidson seires. The adult series just happened to sell first.
 

2.) How did you come up with the Idea for the YA series?

When I started the first in the Darklight trilogy years ago, I knew I wanted to work on another YA project and I wanted it to be paranormal, so I just asked myself, if I were still in high school, who would be the last person I’d expect to see in algebra? Somewhere on that list was the Angel of Death. 


But the fun part was figuring out WHY he was there. *insert evil laugh*
 


 3.) How was it different writing the YA series verses your Adult series?

  I don’t find it that different, to be honest. I write with a rather young voice anyway, so the switch between the two is fairly effortless. I think the main difference for me is the fact that in my adult material, my heroine is quite flippant. I had to tone down that attitude for the YA. It is a bit more angsty.

 
4.) What was your favorite part to write and which character is your favorite or was your favorite to write?

I love the fight scenes with a fiery passion. They are fun to envision and to write. And for some reason, I think my favorite character is Brooklyn, my heroine’s best friend. I just like her. She is honest to the point of being brutal and yet fun and fiercely loyal. Everyone needs a BFF just like her.

 
5.) When your starting to write a new book do you use a outline and if so can you tell us a little bit about how you set yours up?

 I certainly can. I have quite the process, and I have learned NOT to mess with that process lest bring the wrath of the gods of writer’s block down upon my head. Here is what I do, and remember, you asked! Hahaha. (Pantsers [aka, people who write by the seat of their pants] might want to skip this part.)

Just for the record, I plot like there’s no tomorrow. I barely start a book without three distinct outlines.

1. The Skeleton Key: This answers four basic questions: Where are we? What time of day is it? What major event happens in this scene or series of scenes? And in what order does the story unfold?

2. The Outline: This is a brief synopsis of the entire book. It is usually about 5-9 pages long and is what I send my editor for approval before actually starting the book.

3. The Detailed Outline: This is where I take the skeleton key, plug the outline into the appropriate areas, then add any details I’ve come up with including specific scenes, little extras I want to reveal here and there, funny lines or situations I want to use, and even internal and external motivation. These outlines usually run between 40 and 60 pages, but remember that part about adding scenes? Yeah, by this point I’ve already written a nice chunk of the book.

Next, I take the final detailed outline, copy and paste it into my manuscript, and delete as I go. This way I never stray far from the conceived story. I don’t wander around aimlessly, wondering where I’m going. I know exactly what is coming next, and very often, if it’s a “hard” scene (meaning I’m too lazy to write it at that moment), I’ll jump to another scene. I don’t get bored and/or stuck very often and I rarely pull my hair out by its roots. I’ve tried pantsing it. It wasn’t pretty. I had writer’s block by the time I got to page three.

NOTE: Let me just say that I write ALL over the place. I do not write linearly in any way, shape or form. By having such a detailed map of where I’m going, I can write on chapter two one day and chapter nineteen the next. Another (possibly more important) advantage to this technique is that there’s never a dull moment. Each scene has a purpose. Each scene moves the story forward. This makes the book tight, the pacing strong, and the story smooth. Just sayin’.

Thank you so much for having me!
~D~



Death and the Girl Next Door (excerpt)
By Darynda Jones

 
I laughed to myself and headed toward the back of our favorite
and pretty much only hangout. It sat a mere block from our
alma mater, Riley High, and we practically lived in our corner
booth. I ducked past the snack counter and into a very dark back
hall. Judging by the boxes lining the narrow passage, I’d be taking
my life into my hands if I risked a journey to the little senorita’s
room without illumination, so I ran my hand along a
paneled wall. Where would I be if I were a light switch? Just as
the tips of my fingers found the switch, a silhouette stepped out
of the shadows and brushed past me. I startled with a gasp.

 “Excuse me,” I said, placing a hand over my heart.

 “Sorry.” The guy paused slightly before continuing on his
way, and in that instant, I saw the makings of utter perfection: a
long arm with shadowy curves that dipped around the fluid
lines of muscle; a tall, wide shoulder; dark hair that curled playfully
over an ear and led to a strong, masculine jaw. Something
inside me lurched, craving a closer look at his face, but he walked
by too fast and the hall was too dark for me to catch anything
else.

 After a couple of seconds, I realized my hand had brushed
against his arm. It was enough to send a vision crashing into me,
like the flash of a nuclear bomb, bright and unforgiving. Tamping
down my surprise— I hadn’t had a vision in a very long time— I
pressed shaking fingers to my forehead to wait out the familiar
torm, to see what treasures would wash ashore in the aftermath.

 
Yet the things I saw were unreal, impossible, and certainly not
of this world: A desolate landscape lay before me with scorched
clouds and a roiling, violet sky. The air was stagnant and so impossibly
thick, breathing it took effort. Then I heard the clanging
of metal. I turned to watch in horror as a being, a boy of no more
than sixteen or seventeen, fierce and somehow not quite human,
struggled with a dark, monstrous beast. The boy’s arms corded as
tendon and muscle strained against the weight of the sword he
wielded. He slashed again and again, but the monster was fast,
with razorlike talons and sharp, gleaming teeth, and the boy
knew what those teeth felt like when they sank into flesh, knew
the blinding pain that accompanied defeat. But he also knew the
power he himself wielded, the raw strength that saturated every
molecule of his body.

 Another herculean effort landed a thrust in the monster’s
shoulder and continued through its thick chest. The monster
sank under the boy’s sword with a guttural scream. The boy
looked on while the beast writhed in pain, watched it grow still
as the life drained out of it, and somewhere in the back of the
boy’s mind, he allowed himself to register the burning of his
lungs as he struggled to fill them with air.

 Blood trickled between his fingers, down the length of his
blade, and dripped to the powdery earth beneath his feet. I followed
the trail of blood up to three huge gashes across his chest.
Evidently three of the monster’s claws had met their mark,
laying the flesh of its enemy open. I gasped and covered my
mouth with both hands as the boy spun toward me, sword at the
ready. Squinting against the low sun, I could almost make out
his features, but the vision evaporated before I got the chance. A
heartbeat later, I was back in the dark hallway, gasping for air,
one palm pressed against my temple, the other against the wall

for balance.

 I squeezed my eyes shut, fought the memory of the vision,
the fear that summoned the taste of bile in the back of my throat,
the feel of blood dripping down the boy’s arm.





 
 
Death, Doom and Detention
03/05/2013

 
 
 

About the Author:

 
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


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12 comments:

  1. I love YA because you get very unique stories with a more classic slow build romance.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Terrific interview! It's so interesting to see how Darynda writes.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great interview, we get a glimpse of what goes on in Darynda's head when she writes. It is a great start to a new YA series. I highly recommend it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. What do I love about YA?? Damn near everything! When I was a kid I'd come home from school, walk to the library, and spend hours there. I'd walk home with a stack of books, 5 or 6 at a clip. YA made me the reader I am today. As an adult, YA takes me right back to those library trips and the joy they brought me.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great post! I love Darynda and anything she writes!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great Interview! I loved that Darynda shared with us how she writes. I am currently reading this book and I am already in love with it before it even ends. :) This is a must read for any Darynda Jones fan!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I dont read many YA series, but dang, this one ROCKED! I love Darynda Jones and cant wait for more in both her delightful series!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love YA books for the great story that goes along with the romance. YA books always seem to leave me breathless and wanting more at the end. They are like a drug for me.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I really enjoy all the interviews Darynda gives - I like the insight into her writing and the books/characters!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love YA books because they have such great stories!

    ReplyDelete