Well, it’s the new year and that can only mean one thing. Yup, it’s time for a new Lucienne Diver book! And, as normal, Lucienne continues to have the cutest titles and covers ever!!! Fangtabulous is book four in the Vamped series about Gina, the smart talking, always fabulous vampire!
And I’m not the only one who thinks it looks great. Check out the amazing Kirkus review:
“Another amusing romp in the series, this installment also sees its hardy heroine beginning to mature, adding further dimension to her character. Reminiscent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, Gina never fails to deliver the goods.”
Gina Covello and her band of federal fugitives are on the run after taking down a secret (and sinister) government facility. Strapped without cash or credit cards—a fate worse than death for Gina—the rebels must find a place to lay low. They roll into Salem, Massachusetts, the most haunted town in America and the only place they have friends flying under the radar. But within a day, Gina and her gang are embroiled in a murder mystery of the supernatural kind.
Someone—or something—is strangling young women, and it’s rumored to be the ghost of Sheriff Corwin, late of the Salem Witch trials. Is it the ghostly Sheriff or is someone on this side of the veil using the famous story as a cover up? Gina is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, and she needs to do it before a paranormal reporter on the scene exposes them for what they are…fanged federal fugitives.
1 How did you come up with the idea for this book?
I didn’t really have an idea at first, just a place: Salem, Massachusetts. One of the things I love about writing the Vamped series is that I get to take my characters to different places and throw them into unusual situations each time. In Fangtabulous, the fourth book in the series, my fanged gang are on the run from the Feds, their former employers, who they discovered were experimenting on their fellow hemo-sapiens for fun and profit. Where else would the fanged and freaky go to hide out than the most haunted city in America? So, I had to research. Luckily, I have a friend in Salem, Don “Vlad” Deich who I met at the same place I met my husband, working at the Haunted Mansion in Wappingers Falls, New York (where the second novel in the Vamped series is set). He’s an actor, a magician and part of the vampire culture. So, he was the perfect person to show me around town, including the behind-the-scenes bits. Once there, ideas started to come at me fast and furiously. Of course there’d be unsettled ghosts in a town that hosted the most infamous witch trials in our country…and not all would be as innocent as the victims of those trials. Some might even have a bone to pick.
2 What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?
That would have to be at Dragon*Con a couple years ago when I received a call after one of my panels to hurry back to our booth because a fan had been waiting forty-five minutes to meet me. It was the best compliment I could possibly think of. Of course, I rushed!
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 all their patience when I would disappear for hours at a time and for providing inspiration and love. My agent for the Vamped series, Kristin Nelson, for believing in the books and for doing such a phenomenal job with them. And Andrew Karre, my very first editor, for seeing the potential in Vamped even before it hit its eventual form. Okay, that’s four people, but the book couldn’t have happened without all of them.
4 Describe a typical writing day
I get up, get caffeinated, drive my son to school, take the dogs out for their walk and then come home to my notebook and ballpoint pen and write for an hour before I have to start my work day. I only have an hour a day to write. I have to really make it count. Luckily, I have a little more time on the weekends. Days off are just a dream.
5 Tell me one strange random fact about this book.
My aforementioned vampire friend inspired a character in Fangtabulous who does a gothic magic show just like him.