About the book:
Megan Berry's social life is so dead. Literally. Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people. All Megan wants is to be normal--and go to homecoming. But someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it's looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party--the bloody kind.
An Interview with Stacey Jay:
Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Stacey: I read a lot of "classics", but historical romance books were my favorite reads. Especially historical romance based on the lives of real people. I also loved science fiction and horror, but enjoyed them much more if they had a little romance in them as well. What can I say? I'm a sucka for lurrrrve.
I can't say exactly what would make me put a book down... bad writing? If it bored me? (I have a short attention span, I think that's why my books are so heavy on the action. I like things to be happening!)
Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Stacey: I actually went through a snooty reading phase in college where I stuck mostly to plays, biographies, and odd new age self help books, but I came back around to romance in my mid twenties. (Because odd new age self help books are not fun and I finally gave up on getting my energy properly attuned with the earth.)
That's when I discovered paranormal romance and urban fantasy and was completely hooked. Whether the romance is the driving force or a smaller element of the plot, I'm addicted to the genre. I can't get enough, especially with UF. I live for discovering new UF series.
Me: What was your favorite part of writing YOU'RE SO UNDEAD TO ME, and what was the hardest?
Stacey: My favorite part... it's hard to say. Getting the thumbs up on my first revision was a real high point for me, but I've enjoying the entire process. (Getting Advanced Reader Copies in the mail was a big squee moment too. It made it all seem so much more real than it had before.)
The hardest part was changing editors TWICE from the time the book sold to the time of its release. I was scared out of my mind that the new editors would hate my book, but both the women I worked with turned out to be fabulous. I was very lucky and I adore my editor now. I've threatened bodily harm if she tries to leave for another job.
Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Stacey: I think it's hard not to. Right? No matter how extraordinary and far-out your plot and characters, at the core of the book is you. How you see the world. How the people and experiences from your life have shaped your perceptions. Megan has a lot of me in her--both the teen me I was and the mostly grown up me I am now--but she's much smarter. Thank god, or I'd have no plot, lol.
Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Stacey: Like I said, ARCs were big squee inducers, but I think going to the book store and seeing MY book on the shelf is going to blow my mind the most. I can't wait!
The scariest part is right now... wondering if I'm going to sell... if readers are going to enjoy my book... and if I'll make enough money for my publisher for them to want to buy a third Megan Berry book. (The second book, UNDEAD MUCH is already in production and I'm expecting second round edits any day now.) I have really exciting, scary, awesome things planned for Megan in book three so I'm crossing my fingers!
Me: What are you working on now?
Stacey: I'm in edits for UNDEAD MUCH, the second Megan Berry, Zombie Settler book, and for a presently untitled book for Flux with a zombie as the heroine. She goes to zombie school, eats brains at lunch, solves a few murders, etc. Both are a lot of fun, but I'm especially proud of UNDEAD MUCH. It is a thrill ride, if I do say so myself, and Megan goes through a lot of tough stuff. It's definitely a darker book than book one, but I'm hoping readers will enjoy seeing Megan grow up and take on new challenges.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Stacey! More interviews to come next week. :)