INTERVIEW: JUDITH GRAVES

Aurora is pleased to welcome Judith Graves who, in addition to writing YA fiction is a singer, songwriter, and makes daytime appearances as a library technician. Her fist book in the Skinned series, Under My Skin, was released this month by Leap Books She also collaborates with another Leap Book author, Kitty Keswick, on the Origins series.

Judith’s favourite novel as a tween/teen was Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, and it’s still one she re-reads when the mood strikes. Her father was in the military and, when she was a little girl, they were stationed in Summerside, PEI, so the Anne books and Prince Edward Island hold a special place in her heart.

“How does Anne hold up today? She still kicks butt,” Judith said. “She’s daring, smart, questioning, rebellious, but vulnerable. Anne is a character that will ring true indefinitely. And if someone were to re-tell Green Gables with a little zombie/vampire/man-eating potato action…I’d still love it.”

She told me she always knew she wanted to be surrounded by words, music, and knowledge.

“As a singer/songwriter, fiction author, and library technician working in an elementary school – I kind of get to do it all,” she admitted.

“If you could be anywhere in the world right now,” I asked, “where would you be and why?”

“That’s easy. It’s -31 Celsius outside right now and snowing. I’d go to any hot spot where they’ve never heard long johns (and if you have no idea what long johns are, I so envy you right now). Also in this ideal hot location, I’m tanned, and thinner.”

Judith is participating in several big events with the Class of 2k10, a group of the hottest debut authors of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. 2k10 is planning book signings and author panels in New York during Book Expo America (May 2010). Judith encourages everyone to check out the for updates and information about these awesome new young adult and middle grade titles out in 2010.

Some of Judith’s hobbies, when she isn’t writing, include playing guitar and bass, singing, songwriting, watching movies, and hanging out with her crazy Labrador retrievers.

“If you could give any advice to your readers, what would it be?” I wondered.

“My mother-in-law gave me this wonderful stone paperweight (I have many loose stacks of paper in my office that need taming), and it bears the inscription: ‘If you can dream it, do it.’ ’nuf said.”
And for writers, she believes the two books no writer should be without are a dictionary and thesaurus –assuring me, “I’m not talking about the ones in Word.” And, if young writers are reading this, her advice to you: “Go and write this very instant!”

All her parents wanted was for Eryn to live a normal life…

The town of Redgrave had had its share of monsters before Eryn moved to town. Mauled pets and missing children. The Delacroix family is taking the blame, but Eryn knows the truth. Something stalks the night. Wade, the police chief’s son and Regrave High’s resident hottie, warns her the Delacroix are dangerous. But then so is Eryn–in fact, she’s lethal.

But Eryn can’t help falling for one of the Delacroix boys, dark, brooding, human Alec. And then it all goes bad.

A normal life? That’s the real fairytale.

Comments

  1. Judith, great interview.
    I buy books for my grandchildren to read, by the blurb.
    Of course, I have to read it first,
    Just to make sure of the content.
    I will be buying Under My Skin looks great!
    I am currently writing a paranormal romance but now I’m wondering if I should make it a YA. Something for me to think about.

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