Interview & Contest: Veronica Blade

Jen: Please welcome Veronica Blade to RtB as we feature YA fiction today.  Veronica, will you please share a short bio with us?

Veronica: I live in Southern California with my husband and kids. I write stories about young adults to live vicariously through my characters. Except my heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives — and they are always way hotter.

Veronica: Something Witchy This Way Comes is about a young witch caught between two warring covens with no idea which side to trust. The only person she knows she can depend on is a bad-boy who’s too tempting to resist.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Veronica: I wrote a lot as a kid. Then I got distracted by boys — and life in general. About four years ago, I thought of a fantastic vampire story — for grownups. Turns out, it wasn’t as unique as I thought. And I had a lot to learn about writing a novel. Six novels later, it’s still in my closet, where it might stay forever. It needs some work!

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Veronica: My mom writes, but she hasn’t had anything published… yet. In fact, she usually edits my first drafts for me.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Veronica: I like having my FaceBook Scrabble open. I take occasional breaks to play — more often than I should. I’m a Scrabble junkie. And I like music playing in the background. If I have those two things, a comfortable chair and my laptop, I’m all set for hours.

Jen: What is it about the YA genre that appeals to you?

Veronica: Oh, everything! I love the innocence and inexperience of young adults. They have an entirely different set of problems — no kids (usually), no mortgage payments. Just their whole future ahead of them and all these amazing things to look forward to.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Veronica: I don’t do dystopia at all. I also don’t care for historical either. That said, I have a YA novella coming out in December set in the 14th century England. But it’s a prequel for a series set in present day. I’ll very likely dabble in contemporary adult romance in the future now and then, but I’ll mostly stick with YA. It’s my favorite thing to read and therefore, my favorite thing to write.

Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?

Veronica: Oh, yes! When I’m writing, I eat, sleep and breathe the lives of my characters. They don’t interfere with my sleep (I usually sleep so little that when I finally close my eyes, I practically slip into a coma and nothing disturbs me) but they stalk me during the day and hijack me at every turn.

Jen: If Something Witchy This Way Comes was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Veronica: I can imagine how many authors fantasize about this sort of thing. I’m no different! I like Louis Hunter (The Secret Circle. Now that they killed him off, he’s probably available) as Hayden. I’d love to see Chase Crawford (Gossip Girl) play Chait. I could totally see Dianna Agron (Glee) playing Tessa. She’d be perfect! Meaghan Martin might work too.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?

Veronica: My hubby took me out to dinner and told me how proud he was of me. Aaaaw!

Jen: What’s next for you?

Veronica: I have a novella coming out later this month. It’s a Cinderella spin with vampires and werewolves. Next month the prequel (a novella) to my YA shape shifter series comes out, followed a month later with the first book in that series. I’m really excited about that series. The two novellas will be 99 cent ebooks.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Veronica: I’m all over! My Twitter name is @veronicablade. You can find me on FaceBook as Veronica Blade and my website is www.VeronicaBlade.com. I’m also under the same name at Goodreads and Shelfari.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Veronica: Yes, what do you consider is the greatest teen love story ever and why? I’d love to know.

Contest details:

  • The prize is a copy of Something Witchy This Way Comes
  • The contest is open to everyone.  However, US residents can win either print or ebook, International residents can only win the ebook.
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  • The contest ends on Sunday, November 27.

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