Hi Adrienne and audience! Thanks for having us here today. I’m so excited about the upcoming release of my second book, co-authored by my daughter, Bethanie. LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD is available Tuesday, October 14th, 2014!
You know things are going to suck when you’re the new kid. But when you’re the new kid and a vampire… well, it bites!
Unlike most kids, Scarlet Small’s problems go far beyond just trying to fit in. She would settle for a normal life, but being twelve years old for an entire century is a real pain in the neck. Plus, her appetite for security guards, house pets and bloody toms (tomato juice) is out of control. So in order to keep their vampire-secret, her parents, Mort and Drac, resort to moving for the hundredth time, despite Scarlet being dead-set against it. Things couldn’t be worse at her new school, either. Not only does she have a strange skeleton-girl as a classmate, but a smelly werewolf is intent on revealing her secret. When she meets Granny—who fills her with cookies, goodies, and treats, and seems to understand her more than anyone—she’s sure things will be different. But with a fork-stabbing incident, a cherry pie massacre, and a town full of crazy people, Scarlet’s O-positive she’ll never live to see another undead day.
Not even her Vampire Rule Book can save her from the mess she’s in. Why can’t she ever just follow the rules?
Adrienne has asked us for our top five list of books that influence our writing. I swear, this is a trick question! I’m always afraid I’m going to look stupid with my choices. Plus, I’m not sure it’s any one book, or even combination of five books, that influence me. So many things influence my writing, spark inspiration, and help me become a better writer. Anything from a movie, to the outdoors, to the fragrance of a candle can inspire me. Sometimes it’s even a dream. Or a special shared moment in front of the campfire, or an inside joke with my kids. It’s crazy how many small, everyday things can inspire me.
But, since we must give a list, here goes!
1) Coraline by Neil Gaiman
2) The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire LeGrand
3) The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand
4) Ranger’s Apprentice (series) by John A. Flanagan
5) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
6) The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
1) I’m actually going to have to agree with Bethanie about Coraline
2) Technically Coraline is tied with The Cavendish Home
3) Do I really have to name a book? Cause I really want to say EVERY SINGLE TIM BURTON MOVIE ever produced!
4) Sariah McDuff: Primary Program Diva So once, a very long time ago, when my kids were small, I read them this book. It made me laugh so hard I filled buckets with tears! When I think of humor, my memory draws upon this story.
5) Here’s where I go a little crazy: Dr. Seuss, S.E. Hinton, Edgar Allen Poe, Peggy Parish, Madeleine L’Engle, James Hilton, E.B.White….the list goes on…(I told you it was crazy)
Thanks for having us here today, Adrienne! I hope you’re readers enjoyed it as much as we did.
Amie Borst is a PAL member of SCBWI. She believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate.
Bethanie Borst is a spunky 14 year old who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. She was only 9 when she came up with the idea for Cinderskella!
Little Dead Riding Hood is their second book in the Scarily Ever Laughter series. Their first book, Cinderskella, released in October 2013.
Now go and enter that giveaway! What are you waiting for?