Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Crossroads: Day 9 ft. Judith Graves

Judith Graves and Under My Skin

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

Redgrave had its share of monsters before Eryn moved to town. Mauled pets, 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 Redgrave High's resident hottie, warns her the Delacroix are dangerous. But then so is Eryn--in fact, she's lethal.

But she can't help falling for one of the Delacroix boys, dark, brooding--human Alec. And then her world falls apart.

A normal life? Now that's the real fairytale.

I was elated to ask Judith a few questions:

Book-Savvy: What part of your first book was the most difficult to write?

Judith Graves: "Hey, Heather, great question. It was all tough. I like to call UMS my etch-a-sketch novel. I just kept shaking that baby until it worked. ;) But the most challenging aspect of UMS was adding extra sensory information. Eryn is a Shapeshifter, she has extra keen senses. That often changed how a scene played out. (The bad guy can't hide in a corner if Eryn can sniff him out before she even enters the room.)

Book-Savvy: If you had it to do all over again, what would you change?

Judith Graves: "Being the first of a three book series, I might have tweaked some of the traditional lore even more than I did. When you world-build, your characters (and you!) are limited by the rules you create. your first book make sure the rules you establish are the ones you really want your characters to live - or die - by."

Book-Savvy: If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters would you choose to be stuck with?

Judith Graves: "Hmmm...I'd go for Kate, a witch who can control time. Surely she'd be able to cast a spell and get us back to civilization. ;)"

Huge thanks to Judith for the witty and insightful responses! be sure to check out her website - she has some great stuff going on for readers AND writers, alike.

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  1. I loved the answer you said about making sure the world was really the way you wanted your character to live and die in. I don't think we have to follow anyone else's rules for any certain type of lore creature as long as we can explain our logic. Sometimes the typical lore doesn't work in my stories.


  2. All of these interviews are thoroughly entertaining.