February 26th, 2009

You Are So Undead To Me

Today is another author interview day! Today I'm thrilled to be talking to Stacey Jay, author of YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME.

Book: You Are So Undead to Me
Author: Stacey Jay - stacey.jay.ya@gmail.com
Release: 1/22/09

About You Are So Undead to Me
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.

About Stacey Jay
Stacey Jay is a workaholic with three pen names, four kids, and a decidedly macabre sense of humor. She loves zombies, creepies, crawlies, blood, guts, gore, and of course, romance. "You are So Undead to Me", Stacey's debut paranormal Young Adult Romance featuring Zombie Settler, Megan Berry will be a January 22nd 2009 release from Razorbill books.

Additional Details

o Author Web site: http://staceyjay.com

o Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/You-Are-So-Undead-Me/dp/1595142258/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225898596&sr=1-1

Stacey, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions! Let's get started:

1. What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

My biggest two competitors are my job and my kids. I'm sure that's true for all working moms, but it can be even trickier for me because I work from home. So it's hard to keep the worlds separate, to know when I need to put away the laptop and watch Toy Story for the tenth time because my four-year-old is in a cuddling mood or when the kids are going to have to put up with me bringing my outlining notes to the playground because I'm on deadline. I just do my best to keep a good balance between mom work and writer work, and always take at least one day off a week to completely devote to family time (and hubs time, husbands deserve a little spoiling too, lol).

2. What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write off the cuff? Do you sketch out your character before writing or get to know her as you construct your novel?

I usually start out with a rough three act outline, then I let that sit for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months while I daydream about my characters. I think about them while I'm driving kids to school, when I'm taking the baby for a walk in his stroller, when I'm at the gym. I sort of "live" with them for awhile and make sure I get under their skin as much as possible. Then I get ready to write. Sometimes I flesh out my outline a bit first, other times I just jump right in and go.

3. What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

I love the cemeteries and the abandoned church on the creepy farmer's property. Scary is fun.

4. What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

Ellen Page, the girl who played the lead in "Juno". She's such a great actress and has a wonderful dry sense of humor. Plus, she's so tiny I think it would be funny to watch her kick some zombie ass.