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.
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.