Friday, November 20, 2009

GCC Presents Laurie Faria Stolarz!!

I've been doing book signings and events with my brand new GCC-BFF Laurie Stolarz. She is such a great writer, so much fun to hang out with and has the MOST amazing reader/fans. We've done a number of signings together (even a spooky one on Friday the 13th!) and I have to say that I am more and more impressed by her writing, by her graciousness and by her total devotion to her fans. So without further ado, here are some of my new and improved GCC questions. Thanks, Laurie!!

My second novel, THE LOST SISTER, deals with revenge and the repercussions of what happens when a hazing incident goes too far.

1. First topic: Revenge. What is your experience with it? Have you ever sought revenge? As the old adage goes, do you think that living well is the best revenge?

I don’t believe in seeking out revenge. I think if you throw negative energy out there, it’ll come back to you. There’s no need for revenge.

2. Cliques and mean girls are everywhere. At book signings I've had everyone from 12 year old girls to 45 year old women tell me they still encounter them. Do you? How has it changed since you were a teen?

I’m not sure it has changed. Mean girls are still out there and thriving. They play on people’s insecurities, including their own, and, yes, I agree they come in all ages.

3. I have a "Writing Music" playlist on my iPod. What would be on yours? What one song or artist captures the essence of your book?

I actually have a contest going on that involves this very question. In celebration of the release of DEADLY LITTLE LIES, the second book in the TOUCH SERIES, I’m launching a very exciting contest, the winner of which will have a minor character in DEADLY LITTLE GAME, the third book in the TOUCH SERIES, named after him or her. Please see the official rules here: I had a similar contest for the release ofBLACK IS FOR BEGINNINGS. See the winning entry here:

4. What do you tell people is your favorite book/author? Now what is your "real" favorite book/author. (i.e. I tell people Pale Fire by Nabokov is my fave, but right now I'm really into Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.)

I love The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I also just read Burned by Ellen Hopkins…amazing.

5. If you could swap lives with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?

Your sister Jocelyn when she’s doing her book spotlight on Oprah.

6. As a publicist, I know that it's important for every novel to have journalistic hook. ForThe Lost Sister, it's mean girls, bullies and hazing. What's yours?

Definitely premonitions and supernatural powers.

7. Just because it hasn't been asked yet, favorite 1980's movie?

Pretty in Pink. Seriously, that last scene where Ducky shows up at the prom…it still gets me every time. (MKH Note: I love that scene too!! It pisses me off that she ends up with Andrew McCarthy. That ending was totally wrong.)

8. Why should I choose your books for my book club?

Because they've got it all: suspense, drama, forbidden love, character growth, and humor.

9. I'm a huge and fabulously powerful movie producer and you have 30 seconds (an elevator pitch) to sell me on why your book is great and should be made into a movie. Go!

For Deadly Little Lies: Last fall, Camelia, 16, fell for Ben, a mysterious bad boy with a special gift – psychometry: the ability to sense things through touch. Brokenhearted, she moves on and starts dating someone else. Meanwhile, she begins to experience premonitions of her own. A chilling sequence of events reveals secrets from the past. Someone is lying, and it’s up to Camelia to figure out who before it’s too late.

For Black is for Beginnings: Prophetic dreams. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey knows that being a hereditary witch isn't all it's cracked up to be, and now her nightmares are back. All she wants to do is go to Colorado and work things out with Jacob. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts—and the secrets they've kept from each other.