Tuesday, September 16, 2008

GCC Tours Linda Gerber

The next GCC Tour is Linda Gerber, author of the fabulous book, Death by Bikini (I think we can all relate), who has come out with a new book called DEATH BY LATTE! I was actually just at a book signing at Wellesley Booksmith near Boston, MA and her book, Death by Bikini, was prominently displayed as a top read. Silly me, I didn't even think to bring a camera that day (and I haven't figured out how to work the one on my Treo yet -- come to think of it, I can't even make calls on the darn thing. What's the point of having a cell phone that you can only use for emailing people? Grrrrrr.....) Sorry for going off on a tangent. Back to Linda and her awesome book that everyone should go out and read. I also should mention that Linda is throwing a launch cyber-party on her blog. The party will run from September 18-22. Here's the YouTube promo video link:
Check it out!!

Here's a little more info on Linda, her book and the answers to my GCC questions:

Do you (or did you ever) have a writing group? Who are the first people to read your book once it's completed?
Yes! I have a phenomenal writing group. We've been together for over six years. They are the first to see the finished product, along with my two daughters.

What writers do you consider your "sisters"? Are there any published writers that you hang out or tour with a lot? Call? Email? IM?
I absolutely consider my crit group to be my sisters. My agency also has an "agency sistahs" listserv where we can talk and support each other. I also have gotten close to several members of my TFC blog group. Speaking for myself, I'd be lost without the understanding and support of these smart, fabulous women.

Who do you find yourself being compared to or are often put together with in reading lists or book clubs?
I've been pleased to see my name on the same lists as Jenny O'Connell, Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot. Perhaps my favorite list was the "must, must, must reads for teens" on the Tyra blog along with Melissa Walker and Stephenie Meyer. Yeah, I'll take it.

What writers do you wish would be in your "clique"? (It doesn't have to be in your genre….doesn't even have to be living! For example, I'd pick Alice Hoffman, Jodi Picoult, Sarah Dessen, Oscar Wilde, Stephenie Meyer, Meg Cabot, Stephen King and Joan Didion).
Oh, man! How big can my clique be? I'd pick Lisa Unger, Marcus Sakey, Tess Gerritson, Lee Child, Brad Meltzer, Stephen King, Lisa McMann, Melissa Walker, Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Melissa Marr, Libba Bray and sooo many more.

If someone was going to join your book club, what would be a "must read" in order to join?
It would probably change as I found new favorites. I think right now it would be Sisters of Misery…

[[ get brownie points for that answer!!! xoxoxoxox - mkh]]

What was your "initiation" to writing?
Waaay back in fifth grade, I wrote a story for my teacher's birthday. As a gift. He corrected it and handed it back. Totally deflated me. But it did show me that I loved writing enough to stick with it, even in the face of disappointment.

When did you first feel that you'd officially joined the "published writers' club"?
Wait. There's a club? Seriously, getting published used to be the one true goal, and now it's all about getting starred reviews, making the lists and winning awards. I'm not sure when I'll ever feel I'm 'in.' I'm just having fun doing what I love to do.

What was your best/worst memory of high school?
Best: Friday night football games. They were a social event at my school, better even than dances. Worst: Squeezing into Sasson jeans.

In SISTERS OF MISERY, the last place new members want to go to is Misery Island. But if you had the choice, what island would you go to and what would you take with you?
Kauai is the only Hawaiian island I haven't been to yet, so I would go there and I would take a suitcase full of books!

[[I've been there!!!--one of the few islands I've ever been to and it's amazing!!! Not to mention that Josh "Sawyer" Holloway films LOST there. *****sigh******* If you go, I'm going to sneak into your suitcase of books!) - mkh]]

Finally, what can you tell me about your book? Give me a quick run-down about why I'd want to pick it for my own book club.
Death by Latte is a quick read. It's fast-paced and lean, but suspenseful with a touch of romance and a lot of action - something for everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to answer my questions, Linda. Here's some additional info on her latest book, Death by Latte. It makes me want to run right out to Starbucks right now to get my caffeine fix (and yet, protect myself at the same time). Thanks, Linda!!

by Linda Gerber

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Puffin (September 18, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0142411183

ISBN-13: 978-0142411186

Following on the heels of this summer’s killer YA mystery, DEATH BY BIKINI, DEATH BY LATTE (Puffin Paperback; September 18, 2008; $9.99) is a modern-day romantic mystery/suspense in the tradition of Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr.

DEATH BY LATTE Aphra Connolly, who had been living a quiet existence on her father’s secluded island resort, until Seth Mulo turns up and steals her heart… and provides information that leads her to find her mom in Seattle. But the reunion isn’t quite what she expected. Aphra’s mom, Natalie, doesn’t seem happy to see Aphra, and Natalie’s boyfriend, Joe, insists that Aphra go home. Even worse, Seth shows up, only to ask her to return the ring he had given her that summer. At least Natalie’s good-looking neighbor is sympathetic. But when Joe is found dead at a nearby coffee shop, Aphra discovers her whole trip to Seattle has been based on a lie. And now someone just might be trying to kill her. . . .

Praise for DEATH BY LATTE:

Great characters, plot twists, and non-stop action and excitement.”

YA Books Central

Full of action, suspense, and mystery, Death by Latte is a thrilling edition to the Death by series!”

The Story Siren

An entertaining Seattle joy ride that… teens will appreciate.”

Genre-go-Round Reviews

Death by Latte is a compelling read for those who like mystery, action, and adventure with a little romance and humor thrown in for good measure.”

Purple Pens Reviews

Enjoyed quite thoroughly!”

Critical Mass

This exciting installment features non-stop thrills and leaves you guessing right up to the end.”

Presenting Lenore

High action and suspense.”

Library Thing

Praise for the DEATH BY series:

Will capture mystery fans.”

G. Engberg - Booklist

Strong writing and plenty of plot twists.”

The Providence Journal

Fast-paced, fun, and maybe just a little scary.”

YA New York

Just “the right amount of intrigue, suspense, humor and romance.”

Flamingnet Book Reviews

Five enchantments.”

Enchanting Reviews

Refreshing read.”

Simply Books


Linda recently returned to life in the Midwest after four years in Japan, where she served as the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently lives and writes in Dublin, OH, blissfully ignoring her husband, four kids, and one very naughty puppy.







YAY, Linda! As one of Linda's crit sisters, I can tell you that Linda is one of the most awesome crit partners and friend. Her success is truly deserved. I'm honored to be in her circle, and so proud of her achievements!

Linda Gerber's books are absolutely wonderful. Treat yourself and read them!

Linda rocks. Death By Bikini left me on the edge of my seat and I'm PSYCHED for Death by Latte!

Another LOST fanatic huh? Sawyer is definitely yummy!

I'm surprised your teacher handed the story back corrected instead of just accepting it!

I agree with liviania- that's pretty intense, but if it helped you become an author, then cool :)

I would have been crushed as well if my teacher had handed back a paper with a bunch of corrections. But it's awesome that you realized how much you love writing because of it. That's really awesome. =)


Glad that you persevered. Criticism hurts but is necessary. Best of luck.

Ouch, I think I'd cry if my teacher did that too me. Luckily I had a cool 6th grade teacher and he loved the book I made him.

my 7th grade teacher really upset me once. i had my personal narrative all written up and done. and she had to nerve to tell me that i had to write about a different event in my life cause she was sure it would turn out better than the one i'd already worked my butt off on. yea, let's just say we didnt have the best teacher-student relationship afterward.

aw, that's not cool of the teacher. i would have been really upset if that was me.

nice list of people you want in your "group", both of you! oscar wilde for sure in mine. :)


Hi Linda,

Kauai is the most relaxing of the islands. I went to a wedding at a vacation home above secret beach last year. The wedding turned out beautiful and I felt completely calm from the atmosphere.

Hugs, Danette

What a terrible teacher. I feel sorry but atleast you got something out of it and pushed on.

That sounds like a mean teacher, or at least an ignorant one.

Well, anyway, I want to read Death by Latte soon!

I'm thinking you'd both have an awesome 'clique' :)