Oct 26, 2012

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 9

Dont Look Behind the Bookshelf
What are you doing here? Did you not see the letters in huge red script?! It told you not to look behind here--and you did. Now you have no choice but to pry your eyes open and be exposed to yet another day of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf. (You can see yesterday's interview here.) Day 8 brings an author who's debut novel is packed full of Halloween awesomeness, like Steampunk elements and zombies! Her books has been a great hit, so stop moaning and begging brains for a second and welcome...
Susan Dennard
What’s the worst and best candy to get on Halloween?
Candy corn USED to be my all time favorite--be it Halloween season or not. But then I stopped eating processed foods....and seeing how candy corn is mostly just corn syrup, I can't even stomach it any more. :( I tried to last Halloween, and I actually got sick enough to throw up. YIKES.

This year, I'll just stick to some homemade ghost cookies--mmmmmm. Cookies....

What’s your most memorable Halloween costume?
My most memorable costume is from the year I dressed as Link, from the Legend of Zelda. Why is it so memorable? Because I met my husband in that costume! We were at a Halloween party--he was dressed as an American Tourist (Hawaiian shirt, camera around the neck, and flip-flops) while I was, well...you can see me! It was literally love at first sight. He walked up the stairs, we locked eyes, and I knew right away I had to talk to that guy.
Best movie to watch for Halloween? Best book to read?
I love Hocus Pocus! It's definitely one of my favorites. It's kinda angsty YA along with great, laughable villains and a dash of scary. As for the best book, I'm a total wuss, so I avoid straight up horror...but I DO love a good murder mystery! Something cozy, like Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile.
It’s Friday the 13th, you’re home alone, and it’s dark. Simultaneously, the phone rings and you hear somebody upstairs. What do you do?

FREAK OUT. I would instantly look at my dogs and gauge their reactions. If they aren't freaking out, I'd go investigate. If they start barking, though, it's OVER. I am running from the house and screaming for help.

What can you tell us about Something Strange and Deadly? What makes it Halloween-esque?
Something Strange and Deadly is the story of 16-year-old Eleanor Fitt who lives in 1876 Philadelphia. Her brother has been kidnapped by a necromancer, and the only people who can help her are a rag-tag team of misfits known as the the Spirit-Hunters.

The story is definitely Halloween-worthy since there are ghosts, walking corpses, fancy Victorian clothes, and some steampunk inventions tossed in. I'm actually dressing as a Spirit-Hunter for this year's Halloween!

Now that Something Strange and Deadly is out and people are loving it, what’s next?
Well, the rest of the series is on my plate right now. Book 3 is due this winter, so I'm working away at that. I also have some other projects in the works: Screechers, an epic fantasy set in a desert world, and then an untitled murder mystery. What can I say? Halloween is the perfect time to craft up delicious mysteries... :)
Susan Dennard is a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. She used to be a marine biologist, but now she writes novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (she really likes swoon-worthy rogues).She lives in the Midwest with her French husband and Irish setter, and her debut, Something Strange and Deadly, is now available from HarperTeen.
To learn more about Susan, visit her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads! And don't forget to check out her Halloween-rific debut novel Something Strange and Deadly!

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: July 24, 2012
Pages: 388

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

If you truly dare, return to Beauty and the Bookshelf tomorrow (and through the rest of the month) for even more of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf.

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