Today, I am absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Cynthia Leitich Smith to the blog. Cynthia was kind and generous enough to introduce herself to me via Twitter, because she liked my books' titles, and offered her support and advice. How awesome is that? Way awesome. ;)
Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling author of ETERNAL, TANTALIZE, and BLESSED (Candlewick). Her award-winning books for younger children include JINGLE DANCER, INDIAN SHOES and RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME (all HarperCollins) and HOLLER LOUDLY (Dutton).
She is a member of faculty at the Vermont College M.F.A. program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Her website at http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/ was named one of the top 10 Writer Sites on the Internet by Writer's Digest and an ALA Great Website for Kids. Her Cynsations blog at cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/ was listed as among the top two read by the children's/YA publishing community in the SCBWI "To Market" column.
"You’ll try to fight it. But you’ll only be fighting your true self. It’s done. It’s destined. In time, you’ll come to accept it." He pulled back his sleeve to reveal two dress watches. "In time, you’ll come to me."
Quincie P. Morris, teen restaurateuse and neophyte vampire, is in the fight of her life -- or undeath. Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she must clear her best friend and true love, the hybrid werewolf Kieren, of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the seductive vampire-chef who "blessed" her; and keep her dead parents’ restaurant up and running. She hires a more homespun chef and adds the preternaturally beautiful Zachary to her wait staff. But with hundreds of new vampires on the rise and Bradley off assuming the powers of Dracula Prime, Zachary soon reveals his true nature -- and a flaming sword -- and they hit the road to staunch the bloodshed before it’s too late. Even if they save the world, will there be time left to salvage Quincie’s soul? With a wink and a nod to Bram Stoker, New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites the casts of Tantalize and Eternal in a delicious dark fantasy her fans will devour.
Sample chapter: http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763643262.chp.1.pdf
"Even in undeath, Quincie has a zest for life that shines through as she balances supernatural duties with schoolwork and running her family restaurant, the vampire-themed Sanguini's. Romance blossoms, too, as she and her beloved werewolf, Kieren, prove their devotion to each other under deadly duress. A hearty meal for the thinking vampire reader." —The Horn Book
"Wild and ultimately fascinating"…"..the pages fairly smolder in describing their [Quincie and Kieren] attraction to one another." —Kirkus Review
GET TO KNOW CYNTHIA
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
CYNTHIA: I like smart, spooky stories with humor and romance.
MAUREEN: What’s the first book you remember reading?
CYNTHIA: I don't know the title, but it was a how-to on doing magic tricks. As a little girl, I very much wanted to become a professional magician. Sometimes, I think I still should.
MAUREEN: Storytelling is a form of magic, so by my estimation, you are a professional magician. What turns you off like nothing else?
CYNTHIA: People who don't log off when you've set aside in-person time for them. If I've stepped away from my professional life to spend personal time, I don't expect whomever I'm with to be glued to their hand held or, worse, taking calls.
MAUREEN: What sound or noise do you love?
CYNTHIA: The sound stylings of Ms. Eartha Kitt.
MAUREEN: What was the first story you remember writing?
CYNTHIA: In second grade, I wrote a story about going crawdad fishing for school, and it was read over the intercom.
MAUREEN: Who’s your favorite villain?
CYNTHIA: Drusilla from Joss Whedon's "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer."
MAUREEN: Oh, I love her, too. Damaged and unpredictable. What do you like on your burger? (and do you take your burger veggie or beefy?)
CYNTHIA: I prefer a turkey burger with mustard, Gouda Cheese and mushrooms.
MAUREEN: Yum! Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
CYNTHIA: Tea with a smidgen of sugar. Orange flavored, if it's hot.
MAUREEN: If you could talk to your teen self, what would you tell her?
CYNTHIA: Don't worry so much about your hidden geekiness--the comics, the speculative fiction. Someday, you'll make a living at it.
MAUREEN'S GOTTA ASK -- CYNTHIA'S GOTTA ANSWER
MAUREEN: Some of your books include non-human characters. Do you think creatures like vampires and werewolves really exist? If not, do you wish they did?
CYNTHIA: Certainly, there are blood drinkers. Some of us are overtaken by the animal within. Whether they're supernatural or not, I don't know. But stories of vampires and shape-shifters persist in cultures around the world, from ancient to modern times, for some reason.
CYNTHIA ASKS READERS:
My series includes not only werewolves, but also werecats, wereopossums, werebears, weredeer, and werearmadillos. If you could shift to any animal form, which would you choose and why?
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH CYNTHIA:
Thanks so much, Cynthia! It was wonderful to learn more about you and your latest release.
Tune in tomorrow when Cat hosts Maisey Yates.