20
Aug
07

6 Questions with Heather Brewer

1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.

At this very moment, I’m idling at a nice, even five. I recently received some amazing praise from my editor on my revision of NINTH GRADE SLAYS (the second book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod), and that’s got me feeling blissfully relieved. However, as soon as copyedits come back, I’m sure I’ll top the scale—or maybe surpass it to a solid fifteen or so. But then, I stress out fairly easily.

2. Why do vampires suck?

Because they have to! *ba-dum-dum-CHING!* Honestly, how else do you expect them to get blood from their victim into their mouth? J No, really, only certain vampires suck. The rest, like Vlad (my protagonist), are pretty cool. I’ve always been interested in vampire lore. And the intriguing thing is that if you really look at all of their history throughout old legends and modern media, they’re probably the most misunderstood beings out there. So, really, it’s the Buffys of the world who suck…not the Spikes.

3. If you had a stake, what or who would you stake with that stake?

Probably the Slayer I acquired it from. I’m pretty protective of vampirekind. After all, vampires are people too…just the kind of people that suck the life out of other people. Like lawyers…and math teachers.

4. Vladimir Tod isn’t that much older than your son, Jacob. Is Vladimir Tod in any way influenced by who Jacob is?

Vladimir and Jacob are both thirteen…and both about to be in the eighth grade. Vlad is a hybrid of me as a teenager and Jacob. Many of the funnier lines spoken by Vlad are direct quotes from my son. And through Jacob, I’m reliving many of my own Junior High woes, so it keeps me in touch with that stressful time.

5. So, the series ends when you run out of grades for Vladimir to study?

There are five books planned for the series right now, yes. And each grade offers a set of unique challenges for Vlad to face, new problems, more enemies, further girl troubles. Readers will get to follow Vlad all the way through his senior year. (And things will get progressively worse for Vlad as time moves on)

6. Are you sure that there’s such a thing as a “optimistic, perky goth“?

Of course there is! I know, because I am one. Being Goth isn’t all about being mopey and depressed all the time—being Goth is having an affinity for the darker aspects of life, a love of the macabre (and of wearing velvet…or leather, depending on who you are). Perky Goths are Goths that have gotten so dark, so down, that they’ve punched through to the other side. It’s…being so evil that you can’t help but smile.

Heather Brewer blogs at Bleeding Ink. Her debut release is Eight Grade Bites, out now, to be followed by the sequel, Ninth Grade Slays.

Vladimir Tod, the star of her series, shares a blog with Lexie Livingstone and it can be found here.

Because Heather’s the coolness, she’s offering a signed copy of Eight Grade Bites to one lucky commenter. I’m not convinced about optimistic, perky goths, so vote! Tell us, do you believe in their existence? Is Heather making it up? Or is she just one of a kind? 

In other giveaway news, she’s giving away the hoodie Vlad wears on the cover  of Eighth Grade Bites on her website

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8 Responses to “6 Questions with Heather Brewer”


  1. August 20, 2007 at 3:20 am

    Hmm…this book sounds interesting. I’m such a sucker for vampires (no pun intended), and the YA genre. I’ll have to add this to my wishlist. As for “optimistic, perky goths,” I absolutely believe in their existence. I think you can like the darker side of things, while still being “perky”, overall. Ha ha. :-P

  2. 2 Little Lamb Lost
    August 20, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Yes, there are such goths who happen to be optimistic, and perky…I know a few. The book series sounds interesting.

  3. 3 Ann
    August 20, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    I’m not sure I’d go as far as to say perky, but I’ve known goths who were quite optimistic. Sounds like a great book, I’ll have to get it (even if I don’t win).

  4. August 21, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    I had to laugh at the perky goth thing, because people say that about me a lot. :)

    Great interview, and best of luck with the book–it sounds awesome!

  5. 5 Crystal B.
    August 22, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Sounds like a great book. Loved the interview. Great answers.

  6. 6 katherine
    January 21, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    ok my friend told me about this book and i am very intrigued by vampires becuase they r fascinating creatures.and i read this book and it was the first time i ever wanted to keep reading.i cant wait for 9th grade slays to come out me nd my friend r gonna go get it the day it goes out to barnes nd noble(lol)


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