Friday is pretty much the greatest day for everyone. The weekend is here! You can shove your assignments in a desk drawer or pretend you don't have that soul-sucking job. I mean, they're okay reasons to love Friday, but let me give you a better one. THE RELEASE OF RUNNING AWAY. Fuck yeah. You heard me. Remember that pretty young thing I interviewed a few months back? That fierce gangstress (sh, it's totally a word) in the photo with her super dope cookie lover? Well, she's back and she's more fierce than ever with her New Adult Paranormal Romance, which you better fucking buy. I'm serious. Here's the link. Right here. And here. That's three links. No excuses. Do it. Buy the book. I have a gun to your head (in my head).
Just look at the pretty cover. Look at it. Look into her eyes.
God, I'm so excited. Are you excited? I am! I'm excited! And I'm very honoured to have Julie on here again, because I like her a lot. No, scratch that. I have feelings for her. *Whispers* Love feelings. She is a remarkable writer. Did you read her first book, Running Home? No? Oh, man. You're a mess. Read that too. Also, here's a link to her private contact details. Stalk her. Drown yourself in every inch of her existence. I mean, uh…shit. That sounded dirty. No, I'm not apologising.
So, what's it about, you ask?
Check it. Eliza Morgan is like so desperate to escape the horrors of her dumbass mortal life and understand why death friggin' follows her, leaving only one dude, Nicholas French, in its wake. He’s the one she's like super into, the one she resents, and the one fated to make her fucking legendary among the Shinigami– an ancient order of vampires with a “heroic” duty to kill and shit. He’s also decaying before her eyes, and it’s totally her fault. Goddammit Eliza.
On the ghostlike mountaintop in Japan that the cool vampires consider their hood, Eliza will be guided by the all-powerful Master for her totally fucking awesome transition to Shinigami death god. When homegirl Eliza discovers that sacrificing her destiny will save dumbass Nicholas, she’s not afraid to defy fate and make it so—even when goddamn Nicholas’s salvation kills her slowly with torturous, puzzle-piece visions that beg her to solve them motherfuckers. Both Nicholas and his beloved Master fight her on veering from the path to immortality, but homegirl Eliza won’t be talked out of her plan, even if it drives the wedge between Nicholas and her deeper. That shit's real.
Allying with the fiery rebel, Kieran, who does what he wants and encourages her to do the same, and a mysterious deity that only she can see, homegirl Eliza must forge her own path through a maze of ancient traditions and rivalries, shameful secrets and dark betrayals to take back the choices denied her and the Shinigami who see her as their savior. To uncover the truth and save her loved ones, homegirl Eliza will stop at nothing, including war with fate itself.
Alright, I can't wait any longer. Here's the interview. Read her answers in a husky voice. Don't ask why. Just do it. This is my goddamn blog. I MAKE THE RULES.
Saima: Ah, we meet again. I’ve heard rumors about you lately. Something about a book… Do tell.
Julie: Yeah, I gots a book happening. The sequel to RUNNING HOME that I put a lot of elbow grease into. I’m just really proud of the turns the characters took in this book, the struggles they encounter. The new characters we meet. The thickening of the Shinigami vampire mythology. It’s a book that I feel deeply and I think that comes through on the pages.
What is it about Running Away that makes you so passionate about the story? What do you want people to take from it and feel when they get to the end?
Eliza. I’m passionate about Eliza. She pulls herself out of the most desolate place she’s ever been, figuratively and literally, and instead of submitting to the blows the world is dealing her, she questions everything, fights everything, makes her own rules, and she stumbles and hurts people and hurts herself, but she keeps going. She knows there’s more than one path for her. When readers get to the end I hope they’ll find a little of themselves in the story, find some hope in the hopeless a bit, and remember that when it feels like you have no choices, you create them.
Name the top five tracks on your writing playlist. Go.
Different for every book. But for this one, Disarm by the Smashing Pumpkins, Rebel Yell—Billy Idol, Nothing But Time—Metric, I Disappear—Metallica, Closer—Kings of Leon and Demons—Imagine Dragons. That’s six but screw you.
What are your tips for when you have a super bad day and don’t feel like writing shit?
Oooooh, have I had a helluva lot of these recently. But the one and only thing that makes me feel better on a nightmare day is taking control of it. And the only goddamn thing I can always control is my book. Those clowns work for me. I create it as I see fit. I buckle and give in when it feels right, always, but I know that I’m the one to shape that story, those characters and no day can feel all that bad if you’ve made something you feel strongly about. So get your ass back on…your ass… and write when you feel like crap.
Let’s do a little roleplaying. Answer this next question as a character of your choice from Running Away. What is the meaning of life?
So not a big deal question at all. Kieran (the new guy who I’m totally hot for, Colin Farrell plays him in the movie in my head) would say it was to burn and abuse until it didn’t hurt anymore.
Would you rather be celebrated for a bad thing you did or hated for something good?
Sigh. Though I would like to be cool enough to be celebrated for a bad thing I did, I would far rather be hated for something good I did. Then I could also probably hang out with the Batman because the hero people didn’t need but the one they deserved, yada yada.
If you could slip into the body of any fictional character and live their life, who would it be and why?
September from Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland series. September at 12 is who I wish I was at 12. Also, that would give me the ability to time travel, so there you go. Or if the Skipper from Madagascar had a girlfriend I would be that character.
Tell me a cool fact about Running Away - something juicy and exclusive. Make me desperate to get my grubby hands on it.
I’ll give you a few. One of the characters is based on a real life person, Chynna Blue Scott. She makes an amazing vampire. Also, there may be towards the end of the book, the trigger for a new vampire story that smacked me in the face without warning and is now begging to be written. And I turn a Japanese god into a character that Eliza interacts with in a totally original way that nobody would ever see coming.
Who is your writing inspiration? I know the obvious answer is me but pick someone else for this interview.
But it can only ever be you. But if it couldn’t be you, it would be Maggie Steifvater.
Use this space to talk about anything you want. Feel free to tell me more about Running Away, or do a little rap about the importance of pizza.
Okay, HERE ARE FACTS. RUNNING AWAY is the 2nd book in the Shinigami trilogy. I wrote the majority of it by hand. I have never ridden a bicycle and probably never will. My favorite book in the 7th grade was RAMBO. I took a lot of inspiration for the Master from Pai Mei in Kill Bill. I cannot say the word “gasped” comfortably. I was once invited to do a walk on hot coals but I said hell no. I have a goal of sleeping in the bed over the driver’s seat of a Winnebago at night while on the highway.
Phew. That was pretty awesome, right? It would have been even better if Julie had sent the nudes I requested. But whatever.
Before you close this tab (which you should feel bad for by the way, because this tab has feelings and you shouldn't shut it down like that), make sure you check out Julie's Twitter, blog, and Goodreads. Tell her Destructo Girl sent ya. *Lights cigar* *takes drag* *coughs a lot* *throws up everywhere*
Stay classy, people.