GCC presents Lucienne Driver


Today I’m touring the ever fabulous Lucienne Driver and her new book Fangtastic. This is the third book in her Vamped series and this time Gina is going undercover!!!!

What do you wear to face down a cadre of killer kids?

Gina Covello would rather be working on her manicure than missions for the Feds’ paranormal unit to which she’s been recruited.  That changes when a group of killer kids takes out a family in the sunshine state and disappearances begin to plague the lifestylers who only play at the kind of existence our fanged fashionista leads.  She and her crew are sent undercover into the vampire clubs…which turn out to be run by real vampires.  While Gina’s BFF Marcy hangs with the steampunk-styled Burgess Brigade that seems to have spawned the killer kids, Gina herself is supposed to get in good with the fanged fiends behind the scenes, even to the point of playing double-agent, offering to hand over her powerful boyfriend Bobby.  Her playacting threatens to become a bit too real when she discovers things about her spy handlers that make her wonder whether she’s truly on the right side of the battle between Feds and fangs.

What people are saying:
“Perfect for teens and adults, this is a book to share, savor and revisit. ReVamped is full of smart, spot-on dialogue, engaging, authentic characters and a plot that’s so much fun it’s impossible not get swept up.” —Examiner.com

“VAMPED is a total delight!  Diver delivers a delightful cast of undead characters and a fresh, fast take on the vampire mythos.  Next installment, please!”   — Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series

“Diver uses wit and adventure to hook readers with this teen vampire story.” —VOYA

Putting Lucienne through her paces!!!

1 How did you come up with the idea for this book?

It’s so funny…by the time a book is out, you’ve written one or two more in the meantime.  I don’t remember how exactly this idea came to me, but once it did, I was fired up by the thought that it would be fun to hide real vampires among the lifestylers, some of whom turn out to be more bloodthirsty than their fanged counterparts.  Thinking on it, I watch a lot of forensic shows, and I’d guess I was inspired by an actual case that happened many years ago in Florida, where a boy who told others he was a 500 year old vampire attacked a couple with another member of his “cult” and became the youngest inmate on death row.  Eerie.  Something that tends to stick with you.

2 What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?

The fan mail I received from a girl who hated reading, but was forced to for school and so picked up a copy of Vamped, the first book in my series.  She said that her friends kept asking what was wrong with her because all she did was read my book.  It absolutely makes my day when I can touch readers, particularly reluctant readers.

3 It’s Oscar speech time! Who are the three people that you would most like to thank for helping you write this book?

My husband and son for giving me the time, space and hilarity – great inspiration when you’re writing a tongue-in-cheek vampire series.  And…ack…agent-editor, editor-agent…this is a tough one.  My editor went above and beyond, whipping me into shape, but my agent kicked some serious butt with her revision notes as well. Still, I think this one would have to go to my mother, who’s always been my biggest cheerleader.

 4 Describe a typical writing day

It used to be I’d wake up at 5:30 a.m. to write because I’d have the house to myself.  Now that my son wakes up not much later than that for school, it’s a lost cause, but I get an hour in every morning after I drop him off.  I can’t seem to write in the evenings, once the concerns of the day have weighed on me.  I have to write early in the mornings when I’m fresh and my critical side hasn’t quite woken up enough to get in my way.

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One thought on “GCC presents Lucienne Driver

  1. Great interview Amanda and Lucienne? Your book sounds deeee-licious.

    The title rocks. FANGTASTIC is so clever. {Oops – I just typed Fangastric – which I guess is totally not the image you were going for. (!) But if ever you were writing about unwell vamps??? }

    Thank you both, gorgeous girls! And Lucienne, heaps and heaps of luck with this new book – I’m sure it’s going to be another winner!

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