Monday, December 22, 2008

Interview (and giveaway!) with Carrie Jones, author of NEED

It's currently nine degrees Fahrenheit here at our house, with winds of tropical storm strength, which makes it...(checks weather.com)...approximately...(subtracts five degrees for being outside of town)...hang on, running some numbers...(subtracts another ten for living on a hill)...Greenland.

Which is the perfect setup for the book I want to talk about (and give away!) today. Need is a brand-new young adult contemporary fantasy from Carrie Jones, and it's guaranteed to make you shiver. Not just because it's set in Maine, but because its bogeymen are not vampires or werewolves (though there are a few of the latter), but pixies.

That's right, pixies. And unlike Tinkerbell, who was evil but in an annoying way, you can't stomp on on these pixies. They're tall, fast, and like most fey creatures, have magically irresistible auras. And they're spooky. Trust me, you'll never look at gold glitter the same way again.

However, the pixies aren't the best part of this book. That honor goes to the heroine Zara, who feels as real as your best friend (assuming your best friend isn't imaginary--not that there's anything wrong with that). She's smart and funny and charmingly neurotic. I could totally have coffee with her.

Anyway, when the book opens, Zara is in a deep state of mourning over her recently departed stepfather, who is the only father she's ever known. To snap her out of her paralyzing grief, her mom sends her from their home in Charleston, SC (which has "warm air and flowers and ROADS WITH NO ICE ON THEM"), to live with her grandmother in East Nowhere, Maine.

I know! Instead of stabbing herself with an icicle like most of us would do, Zara handles this disastrous change with humor and a begrudging acceptance borne partly from her inner strength and partly from her general lack of giving-a-rat's-ass.

She meets a cast of characters at school who are beguiling without being obnoxiously quirky. Again, real. Two boys compete for Zara's attention, and at first we don't know which to trust. Once Zara makes her choice, the romance is sweet and unpredictable. She's smitten without giving up one iota of herself, which is nice to see. This is a definite winner for readers of all ages who like books such as Twilight and Wicked Lovely (especially the latter, because of the fey aspect and the not-being-completely-consumed-by-supernatural-dude thing).

Also, Jones manages to make her characters sound like real teenagers without using profanity, a talent I've yet to master (or even attempt, to be honest). So this would definitely be suitable for readers as young as 11 or 12, if they're not easily spooked.

So if you're looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for the young woman in your life, or a great read for yourself over the holiday vacation, check out Need.

Here's Carrie to tell us more, then check out the end of the post to find out how you can win a signed copy of Need, plus a special surprise goody!

Q. Your first novel (TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (EX) BOYFRIEND) was released last year (checks calendar--yep, it's still 2008 now). What was the most surprising/thrilling thing about being a debut author?

Carrie: Because I have absolutely no self confidence at all (Seriously, Tim Wynne-Jones mocks me for saying ‘sorry’ all the time) the most surprising things was getting published at all. I kept expecting Andrew Karre, my editor, to call up and say, “Carrie. We’ve totally been punking you.”

The most thrilling part? Getting letters and emails from people (men and women) who said that my book helped them. It’s about love and acceptance and identity and some kind of tough issues. I never imagined it would actually help anyone. Now I can die all happy.

Note to Fate: That does not mean I should die right now.

In NEED, the heroine Zara is obsessed with naming phobias. Fear obviously shadows and colors much of her existence. Do you see fear as something always to be conquered, or can it play a useful role in our lives?

I think fear works both ways. You know how at slumber parties everyone would freak themselves out because they heard noises in the kitchen or outside? I was always the kid who grabbed a weapon, made the other kids form a line behind me and investigated. “You have to face your fears” was my mantra. Honestly, I even said it out loud TO MY FRIENDS. I have no idea how they didn’t stake me.

More seriously, I’ve seen so many people crippled by their fear. One brilliant woman I know wants more than anything to be a writer but refuses to try because she’s so afraid of failing. My mom goes weak-kneed if she sees a pigeon. She won’t go in a house or a museum if there’s a bird cage. That kind of fear holds you back.

At the same time fear can push you to your limits, help you expand who you are, and sometimes make you do better at tests and with speaking. I am a MUCH better test taker and public speaker if I’m terrified.

Sherman Alexie wrote, “The dream he needed most was the dream that frightened him more.” If you think about that quote it seems that fear is terribly vital.


Why pick pixies over other paranormal peeps?

Because I was so sick of Tinker Belle being the ultimate of pixies. Pixies weren’t always Disneyfied. I wanted to get them a little closer to their roots.

Both Zara in NEED and Belle in your first two books (TIPS and its sequel LOVE (AND OTHER USES FOR DUCT TAPE), are passionately involved with Amnesty International. Is this one of your favorite causes as well? What can we do to help, and how can we find out more about
their most urgent Calls to Action?

I am passionate about Amnesty. There are links to Amnesty on my website, but you can also sign up at its web page and receive Urgent Action Appeals. Then you write letters to officials urging them to release political prisoners or asking them to uphold the tenets of basic human dignity and rights.

Will we see more of Nick and Zara in future books, or is NEED a stand-alone novel?

I just found out yesterday (officially) that NEED is not a stand-alone novel. Eek. This means I need to start writing.

If you could inhabit the life of any of your characters, enter their world and deal with it as that person, which one would you choose?

I’d like to be Zara’s grandmother who is about 75 and an EMT and used to be an insurance exec. She is one tough lady. She retired, got a black belt, ran a marathon and then decided she wanted to do something good for the community. So, she became a paramedic. That just rocks. Plus, she has nice eyes.

Conversely, which of your characters would you most like to bringto life in our world (as a friend or a little bit more ;-) ?

Oh, that’s such a hard one….. I fall in love with ALL my leading men. I am horrible really. So, it’s a bit of a toss up between Tom (from TIPS) and Nick (from NEED) and Paolo (from GIRL, HERO).

They are all good kissers.

To hang out with? I would love to hang out with Issie, Zara’s friend from NEED. She is just so huggable.

Same two questions, but use examples from another author's work (including television/movies/theatre)?

I would like to be…… Um………. Urck…… Puff the Magic Dragon, because, you know, he lived by the sea and he frolicked in the autumn mist. A lot.

I would like to bring Dumbledore into the world, because seriously… how cool would that be?


Which author, living or dead, would you most love to collaborate with?

Steve Wedel. He writes adult horror werewolf novels. I know he’d be nice to me if we wrote something together. Plus, he is from Oklahoma.

What's your earliest memory?

When I was born the doctors thought I was blind and I had some severe vision issues. So most of my memories are of smells and texture. When I was one I had eye surgery and I can remember the stickiness of the patches on my face and the texture of the couch against my hand. It was bumpy and kind-of-tweed textured (totally unlike the smooth surfaces of the hospital) and it was home.

Do you have any phobias?

I am afraid of skiing.

I tried to take a lesson with this guy at Sunday River Resort and he looked just like Luke Wilson, which I told him. We spent the hour laughing hysterically. He spent it laughing hysterically at me. I ended up skiing maybe four feet total.

At the end he said, “You are the weirdest person I have ever taught. I mean that in a good way.”

And I said, “I don’t have much of a future in skiing, do I?”

And he said, “God, no, but I’ll teach you again for free.”

And I said, “You need laughs that bad?”

He just nodded.

He was so cute. I think the point of that story is that even though he was super cute and I had the best time standing on skis on the bottom of that mountain I still didn’t go back for a free lesson because I WAS SO TERRIFIED!!!!!!!

My husband hates when people use the word 'barometer' to mean 'measure.' Which word usage faux pas drives you berserkest?

I am pretty darn mellow, but I guess when people say “vanilla folder” when they mean “manila folder” is what upsets me the most. Although, honestly, it basically just makes me snort tea out of my nose.

Let's say there's a TV show, movie, or recording artist that has a cult of you. Which is it? (i.e., what do you like that no one else you know likes)?

I like Postum, which is a wheat-based cereal beverage (served warm) made by Kraft. They stopped making it last year because only 98-year-olds and I were drinking it.

But that’s not a pop culture type thing… What do I like that nobody else likes? Hm…..

There’s this weather man in Bangor, Maine and he looks like Beaker from the Muppet Show and every time the weather is on he says, “Tonight’s weather is sponsored by Merrill’s Furniture in Ellsworth, Maine. Good furniture. Family feeling.” Yep. He’s so pathetic hawking his meteorological services that he’s hawt.

If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

Sleep.
Kayak.
Kiss people.
Sleep more.
Hug dog
Fantasize about the weather man.

If you could ask your favorite author one question and they had to answer honestly, what would it be?

I don’t have a favorite author.

I would, however, like to ask Danielle Steele about her sex life.

Or I’d ask Charles Bukowski if he really thinks that “Sexual intercourse is kicking death in the ass while singing."


If you could write in a totally different genre than your current one, which would you choose?

Poetry
Or
Hamster erotica.

It’s a hard choice.

What are you working on now, and what new releases can we expect to see from you down the road?

I’m currently working on a super secret project and I’m also working on a sequel to NEED (which will be the next book to come out), a couple young adult novels that aren’t fantasy, and some nonfiction picture books.

If you could tell a stranger just one thing about NEED (other than what it's about--no cheating by quoting synopses or back cover blurbs), what would it be?

NEED is a book. It is not about me. All my books are not about me. (Dad! Are you listening? Not me!) Does that count as three things?

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Give Carrie a question or a comment, or share your secret or not-so-secret phobia, down in the comments, and be automatically entered to win a signed hardcover copy of Need, as well as a supah-secret bonus surprise goody! (I am curious about the latter, too.)

And as a special not-so-secret bonus, if we get at least 25 unique commenters (not counting Carrie), I'll throw in a $15 Amazon gift card for the winner, so you can buy another copy of Need for a friend.

So come on, people, prove that someone out there is still reading blogs this holiday week! Contest closes next Sunday night at 11:59 eastern. Have a great week!

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121 Comments:

It sounds like an interesting book!

If you had to pick one paranormal creature to be for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

Posted by: Blogger macbeaner at 12/22/2008 9:53 AM

NEED sounds amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on it ... I will also be recommending it to my two nieces who I am trying to get reading more.

Now, I have a question for you, Carrie. What part of the writing process (first draft, revisions, promotion, negotiations with editor, etc.) do you find most daunting? Do you have any tips that help you get through that part of the process? (I guess that's two questions ... sorry!) :)

Posted by: Blogger Tyava at 12/22/2008 10:00 AM

Oh man... One paranormal creature? Just one? Macbeaner you are a toughie....

I think I'd like to be a urisk (I know! I know! Boring) but they seem so cool cleaning up the house all night, sort of shy (like me), loving the small gifts of honey and porridge (like me).

I know. It seems boring compared to glamorous fairies or the undead or weres, doesn't it?

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 11:07 AM

Blessed hell! Hamster erotica made me snort tea out of MY nose. HAHA! Did you travel Maine or live in Maine? Why Maine?

And I will be getting this one. I love YA a lot.

Posted by: Blogger Tarot By Arwen at 12/22/2008 11:09 AM

Tyava! I'm so glad you think NEED sounds cool.

Hm. What part is the most daunting?
It's having the book come out and worrying that:
1. No one will notice it.
2. Everyone will hate it.
3. No one will buy it.
4. My father will think it's about me. He does this with EVERY SINGLE thing I write.

How do you get through that part of the process? I try to pretend it isn't happening. I promote my book but I try not to read reviews too much. I try to take deep big breaths and remind myself how cool it is JUST to get a book published. Because it is... It is cool.

Then I go have some strudel.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 11:10 AM

I put Need on my wishlist as soon as I saw it on Jeri's 'I am currently reading' on Myspace.

So my question...

If your life was going to be made into a movie 1) Who would play you? 2) What genre would it be? 3) Would there be a sequel?

Thanks for the opportunity to win your book! I noticed it isn't as easy to get here in Europe!

Posted by: Blogger Amberkatze at 12/22/2008 11:11 AM

Yeah, I live in Maine. I live in Maine right now this very second and the wind chill is crazy and we just had a blizzard last night.

The town in NEED is very much based on my town. People call it a city. It is officially a city. It only has 6,000 people in it though.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 11:17 AM

Okay, clearly I totally must move NEED up higher on my TBR pile.

To ask a variation of one of Jeri's questions -- what makes you yell at the television? E.G. my current peeve is people who can't remember that other people are people, and who say things like "she was the woman THAT," rather than "she was the woman WHO..."

Posted by: Blogger Maryelizabeth at 12/22/2008 11:17 AM

I'm sorry it isn't easy to get in Europe yet. It's coming out with a German publisher soon.

Okay Amberkatze you asked:
If your life was going to be made into a movie 1) Who would play you? 2) What genre would it be? 3) Would there be a sequel?

1. Possibly if you could morph Alyssa Milano when she's not in vixen mode(whose name I can't spell) with someone cuddly -- that would be who.
Or else, Miss Piggy.

2. It would be one of those movies where you keep yelling at the protagonist for being so incredibly stupid and ALWAYS making the wrong choices (like running for office, giving the hitch-hiker a ride, finding dead bodies, going out with guys who are too hairy). Is that romantic comedy or horror? I'm not sure...

3. Man, I hope there would be a sequel. I'm not ready for my story to be over.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 11:27 AM

I yell at the television ALL THE TIME.

Seriously, I do. I can't even watch TV much. Usually I yell if:

1. The guy who can blink and go through space and time refuses to go through space and time and fix things on Hero.
2. When Chuck on Chuck refuses to tell Sarah (the spy lady he's in love with) that he's in love with her.
3. When hospital or cop scenes are not logical. I hate yelling, "YOU CAN NOT DO THAT! IT'S TOTALLY AGAINST HIPPA RULES." I do this alllll the time.

I hate when people call other people 'that' too. Blech. Way to dehumanize.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 11:29 AM

Oh NEED sounds like such a good book. I'm so going to have to read it!

Seeing that you live in Maine, how do you feel about the weather? Especially after this weekend (I'm in Massachusetts). Do you enjoy New England winters or just tolerate them?

:)

Posted by: OpenID wyrdkat at 12/22/2008 11:29 AM

Oh, wyrdkat, you guys were trounced with snow, weren't you?

I am love winter until January 15th or so and then I wonder how I'm going to make it through and I start daydreaming about warm places; and about moving; and about just seeing the sun again.

It's really hard for me actually. How about you?

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 11:32 AM

I can't wait to read NEED!

I have a question: If Grover couldn't be your Muppet bff anymore, like, if suddenly the earth was stricken Groverless, which Muppet would you consider as a replacement?

Posted by: Blogger Heidi R. Kling at 12/22/2008 11:33 AM

I *need* to get me a copy of NEED! Great interview, Carrie! :D

Posted by: OpenID faerie-writer at 12/22/2008 11:33 AM

Is it hard for you to choose a title? I mean, it's one of the most important points of the book and yet, you only have a few words to make it zing? Any tips or thoughts on how you did it?

Posted by: Blogger rosalie at 12/22/2008 11:35 AM

Hi, Carrie! I love your interview. Those free day activities sound awesome, except the kayaking. I've never done it and I don't think I would either. Same as you're scared of skiing, I'm scared of that!

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 12/22/2008 11:44 AM

This book sounds really awesome! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! A secret phobia of mine? I have two, the dark and speaking in front of an audience. I've been getting better with the dark lately though.

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 12/22/2008 11:44 AM

By the way, I'm not a huge YA reader but Need sounds so good, I definitely want to read it! Plus I love the cover.

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 12/22/2008 11:45 AM

Fantastic interview. Jeri, your questions were very original and interesting. Carrie? You are so hilarious!! I was laughing out loud (disturbing Logan, who is curled up in a double layer of blankets in my lap).

I can't wait to read this book!!

Posted by: Blogger Renee Sweet at 12/22/2008 11:46 AM

Great interview!

Also, have you ever considered writing poetry *about* erotic hamsters so you wouldn't have to choose between the genres? XD

Posted by: Blogger Heather at 12/22/2008 11:49 AM

Carrie is so freakin' awesome!

I can totally relate to her mom's fear of birds. How did the serpent get cast legless into the dirt but those devils get to keep their wings?

Let's see. A question. Hmm. Okay, okay. Ms. Jones, your first two novels had no supernatural aspects in them. Did you have any trouble including the supernatural in NEED? Are you a big fan of horror books and movies?

Posted by: Blogger Steven E. Wedel at 12/22/2008 11:50 AM

NEED sounds like a great read & its in a genre I write in so I want to read more in the genre. I just have to say I'm so glad I found Jeri's blog & you. Feels like a light in the dark. Just so you know I'm a rather older person than this crowd seems to be but I'm said to be a sylph so I think we're all rather ageless and can't ever see ourselves as grownup or as old persons. We also love to help people overcome fears! Happy reading & writing!

Posted by: Anonymous POFFF Master/Weaver of Yarns at 12/22/2008 11:53 AM

This was a great interview...I love the questions asked and the responses! Umm...let me try to think of a fun question. What did you write before Tips? Any embarrassing early attempts at novels or horrendous poems?

Posted by: Anonymous Jackie Dolamore at 12/22/2008 11:55 AM

I've been really looking forward to Need!

Carrie -- Which book has taken you the longest to write, from start to finish?

eliza.osborn@gmail.com

Posted by: OpenID learningtoread at 12/22/2008 12:11 PM

I've been really looking forward to Need!

Carrie -- Which book has taken you the longest to write, from start to finish?

eliza.osborn@gmail.com

Posted by: OpenID learningtoread at 12/22/2008 12:11 PM

Such a great interview. Can't wait to read Need. Hmmm. My phobia is moths. Their hairy little bodies creep me out. So, naturally, my kids are fascinated with them. I don't know why the gods are punishing me. It might be the fake spider I left on my mom's pillow when I was little.

Posted by: OpenID twin-trauma at 12/22/2008 12:14 PM

I can't wait to read NEED, Carrie!

I apologize to my publishing peeps all of the time, too! I totally get it when you say you're waiting for someone to tell you it's a joke.

So, question. When do you think that moment will come for you when you realize this is real? Will it ever come?

Posted by: Blogger Jessica Burkhart at 12/22/2008 12:15 PM

This book sounds great. Pixies are still such a unique character in fiction, so few people write about them in the non-Tinkerbell sense. I cant wait to read it.

I havent had the chance to read any of your books yet but it sounds like your first was not in fantasy. What drew you most to the fantasy genre and made you want to write in it?

My biggest phobia is spiders. Ick. I have been known to find people to kill them for me. And now my cat takes care of it, its just a game to him.

Thanks!
Donna

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 12/22/2008 12:16 PM

Yay, my copy of Need will be here today (I pre-ordered it a while ago.)

Also, my phobia is being chased. Like when I was a kid and we played tag everyone would run around with joy, but when someone came after me I ran away in sheer panic...maybe that's why I was so good at track ;)

Posted by: Anonymous Caprice/ Capri_Sun at 12/22/2008 12:29 PM

So sorry about the Postum, Carrie. Have you tried Roastaroma tea from Celestial Seasonings? It's not quite the same, but it fakes a great black tea... I drink it when i want the cream and sugar thing but no caffeine.

Will definitely be looking for your book--wish i knew if this store had it on order. I know the old one does... :)

Posted by: Anonymous holly at 12/22/2008 12:32 PM

I had no idea you had eye problems when you were little -- I hope they're gone for good! I can't wait to read NEED :)

Posted by: OpenID robinellen at 12/22/2008 12:49 PM

Great interview!

Carrie Jones is one of my favorite people.

Count me as one of the writers afraid of failure. I let my fear cripple me. (that was hard to admit)

Good luck with Need! I can't wait to read it.

Posted by: Blogger shay_writes at 12/22/2008 12:50 PM

Okay, I'm going the secret phobia route here. :) I work with technology every day, but ever since I was a kid, I've had this weird fear of machines gone awry. (Kind of like that Twilight Zone where the guy gets pursued by his electric razor and run over by his own car!) I once had a nightmare that our kitchen stove started coming at me from across the room. Yeah -- weird.

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 12/22/2008 12:52 PM

Fabulous interview.
Kickin' questions, Jeri! And Carrie, I loved Need. I'm not a big paranormal reader, but because I love your writing, I gave it a go. I'm now crushing on Nick and stocking up on iron. :)

Posted by: Blogger jama at 12/22/2008 1:05 PM

Carrie, I also have a phobia of skiing (the curious word some people use for strapping pieces of wood on their feet and throwing themselves down a snow-covered cliff. I call this "Plummeting.")

Here's a question for Carrie: How do you create something anew (like pixies) when there's so much cultural expectations working against *your* version? How do you forge this interpretation in light of all it isn't?

Posted by: Blogger LitWitch at 12/22/2008 1:11 PM

Heidi, if Grover were suddenly gone (Horror upon horrors!) my Muppet bff would be:

Guy Smiley

Oh, that's a total lie.

It would be Fozzie. I used to have a crush on Fozzie. I have a thing for bears. My first crush was Ben the grizzly bear on Grizzle Adams, this old tv show.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 1:30 PM

Thanks for commenting faerie-writer.
Wendy, I'm so sorry you're afraid of kayaking.

Rosalie. I am TERRIBLE at titles. NEED is the only title of my first (four books) that stayed. I came up with it because that was what the book was about.

Zara had a need to deal with the death of her step-father.
The pixies had some very serious needs.
All those needs collided.

I was psyched when my title actually stayed.

Usually when I start a first draft of a book I name the computer file the main character's name. That's how bad at titles I am.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 1:33 PM

Brooke, I am so glad you're getting over one of your fears. Now, if you could help me with skiing.

Renee. I hope Logan forgives me for disturbing his sleep.

Heather I think I might have to write an erotic hamster poem now. That's it. I will never EVER have a chance of holding elected office.

Steve,
Yeah.... I love to read things with fantasy/supernatural elements and I was an absolute sucker for horror when I was 10 until I was 15 or so and then I made myself stop. Five years is a long time without any sleep.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 1:36 PM

Carrie, thanks for the interview! Need sounds like a great book. I will have to add it to pile!

My phobia is falling. I can handle heights as long as I don't think I am going to fall. I actually dream about elevators without sides that I have to ride in to get where I need to go. Scares me to death.

Thanks again!
Katie

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 12/22/2008 1:37 PM

I am so glad you stopped by POFFF. Ageless is ALWAYS good and so is helping people with their fears.

Jackie, you asked what did I write before TIPS? I wrote a middle grade fantasy novel that I'm still in love with.

I also wrote REALLY bad poems and I was a newspaper editor and reporter.

How bad were my poems?
They had a lot of vampires in them.

You know like the first two lines would be:

You are vampire, vamping with your struts and smiles
You flaunt your sex and fly across the Crayola colored sky.

:)

Learningtoread, you asked a super tough question. I'm not sure. Out of my published books I worked on GIRL, HERO the longest. (It came out in August).

But the longest I've worked on something is the first novel I submitted, a middle grade fantasy. I'm still working on that.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 1:41 PM

Carrie is just hilarious. I haven't read any of her books yet, but they all look amazing and I don't know why it's taken me so long!!!

A fear of me? Oh gosh...spiders, the dark, heights, I'm scared of a lot.

I thought it was funny how Carrie said that she is always saying "sorry" b/c I do that ALL THE TIME!!

-Lauren

Posted by: Blogger Shooting Stars Mag at 12/22/2008 1:43 PM

Twin-trauma! You are too funny.

Jessica, I'm not sure if I'll ever think this is real. I mean, I got this super cool award for TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (ex) BOYFRIEND and it still doesn't feel real. And yesterday a woman at the store was all "You're Carrie Jones. I know you!" And she acted like I was famous! Which is really funny because I am sooooooooooooooo
far from famous, but this is a really small town. It still doesn't feel real. It feels good, really good, but not real. You and I need to start a support group, I think.

Donnas, My daughter HATES spiders. I may have to borrow your cat. I wrote fantasy because I love fantasy. I adore it really.

And I also wanted to write something different than my first three books. I thought of it as a big experiment and told myself it would be totally okay if it stunk.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 1:45 PM

Caprice! That story about tag is sooo sad. Ack. My heart aches for your little scared self.

Holly! Thanks for the heads-up on the tea. I'll go look for it.

YAY ROBIN ELLEN! FINALLY SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME!

*happy dance commences*

Shay, you are so nice. You can't let that fear cripple you. You have sooo much to say. Do you want me to send Grover? He's very helpful. I will!

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 1:48 PM

KEN! That is the best fear ever and so scary. Right now I've got an eye on my stove and I'm watching.

Jama! Thank you soooooo much for reading NEED and liking Nick. I totally have the hots for him, too. It's sad really.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 1:53 PM

Oh, LitWitch, thank you so much for sharing my fear. I've felt so lonely...

I wanted to reclaim pixies and it was hard and easy. It was hard because it's hard to reclaim anything ever, but it was easy in a way because Tinkerbelle is so ensconced in our culture that anything is revolutionary if it's not the Disneyfied version. So, in that sense, it was freeing. I'd have a much harder time if it had been vampires, I think.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 1:55 PM

Katie, Thanks for reading it! I'm not even afraid of heights but if I had that elevator dream? I'd be so shaky.

Lauren! We'll have to start a Sorry Society!

xo

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 1:58 PM

Awesome interview! I can't wait to read NEED, and hurray for sequels!

And I already love Zara's grandmother simply from that description of her. :D

Posted by: Anonymous Megan Crewe at 12/22/2008 2:15 PM

Great interview! And Carrie, I'm so glad you took it upon yourself to de-Disneyfy pixies! ;)

Posted by: OpenID sharigreen at 12/22/2008 2:18 PM

why Puff? ::grins::

Oh and I am afraid of black widow spiders....I got bit by one last year and was sick for weeks.

Posted by: Blogger Habibi (Salamet) at 12/22/2008 2:25 PM

I'm dying to read NEED. It sounds like a fantastic novel. My question for Carrie: when you decided to write about pixies, what sort of research did you do? Did you check out books on faerie lore? What did you decide to use, and what did you toss out? I'm particularly interested because my debut, OTHER, draws upon a lot of paranormal folklore, and my WIP, UNSEEN, has faeries in it.

P.S. I linked to this contest on my website (karenkincy.com) and my blog (ravelda.livejournal.com).

Posted by: Anonymous Karen Kincy at 12/22/2008 2:29 PM

Gorgeous book and great interview, Carrie! I'm looking forward to reading it. The birds - I wouldn't be too surprised if someone stole that idea. What a great fear to have.

My question...I would love to know about your process. What does your writing day look like?

Stay warm in this chilly weather - we're covered in snow in Seattle, too, though it's probably nothing compared to Maine.

Posted by: Blogger holly cupala at 12/22/2008 2:31 PM

First of all, whoa, I didn't know there were this many people on all the internetz this week. Thanks for stopping by to chat, and a special thanks to those of you who blogged, twittered, etc. about the interview! And specialest thanks of all to Carrie for taking the time to answer my inane questions. :-)

My not-so-secret phobia is monkeys (and clowns, although that's really more of a hatred than a fear). The secret one is wet sock feet. Just thinking about it makes me cranky.

And i think the Sorry Society sounds like a great idea. Can I be vice president? (Sorry, I don't have time to be president.)

Now back to your regularly scheduled comments.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/22/2008 2:54 PM

Yay for a sequel to NEED! I love series. :)

My biggest phobia is of snakes. I can't stand even seeing them onscreen!

Posted by: OpenID stephanieburgis at 12/22/2008 3:18 PM

First, kudos to Jeri for hosting and Carrie for making me snort tea out of my nose for, like, the millionth time. ;)

To make an old Top Gun quite even better: "I feel the need...the need for NEED!" Have been wanting this like a wanting thing for ever so long!

My not-so-secret phobia would be a gigantic terror of clowns. Can't even look at them. Circuses are seriously out for me. The greatest torture I can think of is if someone forced me to either read or watch IT. AAAAAAAAAH!

Anyhoo, hope you're warming up, Jeri, and congrats to Carrie on her new book!

Posted by: OpenID tltrent at 12/22/2008 3:18 PM

Dear Carrie,

This is how it went down:

As soon as I read about Need last week (I forgot where, sorry), I wrote the title and your name down in very large letters with a sharpie marker, gave it to my boyfriend and said, "Remember how you said you don't "get" my hints and clues for presents very well?"

"Uh-huh," he replied, turning from his computer to look at me.

Smiling and totally giddy with excitement (as if it were MY book), I handed him the paper.
"Please buy this for me for Christmas. It will make me EXTREMELY happy. Don't worry about me not being surprised because when I open it, I will immediately squeal, wrap you in a bear hug and kiss you all over your face!"

"Seriously? A book will make you do that?"

"Yup!"

"Can I take the other stuff back and buy more books? I'm liking the idea of you squealing."

"Um, no."

"Okay."

So, yeah, I can't wait for your book. I find from your posts that you are charming, hilarious and down to earth. I think I'm becoming a huge fan. How does your hubby handle all the men flirting with you? It seems they all do :) Ski instructors to security guards...

Posted by: Blogger Evie at 12/22/2008 3:34 PM

EMTs are awesome! :-) Did you have to do research, or do you have first-hand experience?

Have a lovely day! :-)

Posted by: Blogger Tez Miller at 12/22/2008 3:43 PM

My phobia is being alone--mostly physically, but also emotionally, probably because the times when I have been alone have been some of the most difficult times for me.

At least with skiing as a phobia, it's something that you can avoid if you choose.

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 12/22/2008 3:50 PM

Megan, Thanks for the hurray!

Shari, Thanks the support. You'll have my back if Tink comes calling, right?

Salamet, I refuse to answer the Puff question. ;)
I can't believe you were bitten by a black widow. That is beyond horrible. It's ... oh, it's just beyond horrible.

Karen,

I did a lot of research (mostly into the lore in books, and I went to Scotland, and I talked to some older relatives). It was a lot of fun.

I can't exactly tell you what I decided to keep because that was spoilery, and throwing things out was so hard. Was that how it was for you? I can't wait to read OTHER. I mean, I really REALLY can't wait. Thank you so much for linking here.

Holly,
I usually right first thing in the morning when I'm really at my worst. Then I write until I hit set goals, which might be a chapter, or 2,000 words, or revising 40 pages, etc... Then I do random other things and go back to it.
Lately though, I've been writing from about 11 pm to 1 am and then writing again in the morning. Something is terribly wrong with me.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 3:52 PM

Fun interview, Carrie! Need sounds good!

I recently finished reading your YA novel, Girl, Hero. I agree that with the problems covered in the book, this should be YA. Was there a problem in making Liliana 14 instead of 16 or 17? Do 16-year-olds mind reading about a younger character?

Posted by: OpenID boreal-owl at 12/22/2008 3:54 PM

Oh, Stephanie? Snakes? I'm so sorry.

Tiffany, I am so sorry about your nose follicles. I hope you'll forgive me. I am going to have to put the new version of that Top Gun Quote on my fridge. I promise if we're ever roomies again I will protect you from the clowns.

Evie! That is the best story. I hope you like the book and that you give super big hugs. And gosh, I don't think men flirt with me much at all (It would be nice if they did though), but if they really did... Well, my husband is one of those ridiculously secure men. Plus, those security guards were really old.

Tez,

EMTS ARE awesome. My nephew is an EMT/Firefighter and my FIL is a paramedic. I used to be a security dispatcher, so that's where I know it from. I hope you have a lovely day, too.

Kathy,

That is such a big phobia. I can relate to it, too. You're right, a skiing phobia is soooo much better. I wouldn't trade it for yours in a heartbeat.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 3:58 PM

Boreal Owl,

That is a question I can't answer because I'm not 16 any more. I do know that people over 20 don't have a problem reading a 14-year-old's point of view.

I didn't think about it really. I left that up to the publisher. I'm really attached to Liliana's story so I hope that people read it even though she's 14 and not 16 or 17.

That's probably not a very good answer.

Sorry.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 4:02 PM

I wanna hear about a Carrie Jones Steven Wedel YA/Horror mash-up!

Posted by: OpenID neutronjockey at 12/22/2008 4:23 PM

Awesome interview! I need NEED! lol. Spooky pixies? That is totally my kind of read. ;) Can't wait to get my hands on this one. And I need to know about the gold glitter. ;)

Okay, my secret phobia is when my parents pass away and I'm the one who has to deal with all the debt and payments, because my two siblings will be out the door before I could saw "rest in peace". I'm seriously not joking, they would totally leave me in the shit. (Don't get me wrong, I love my parents). So, that's my secret phobia and it probably sounds a little morbid but what can I do? It's scary when you think about it. lol.

Thanks Jeri and Carrie for the great interview and contest!

Posted by: Anonymous adelina at 12/22/2008 4:40 PM

Sounds like a very interesting book. I have a horrible fear of insexcts.

Posted by: Blogger mishmish at 12/22/2008 4:50 PM

Carrie!! Did anyone else see the exciting announcement Carrie just made? It's not a stand-alone novel! HUGE CONGRATS release-day sister!!

My question for you - what are you doing tomorrow to celebrate??

Posted by: Blogger Lisa Schroeder at 12/22/2008 4:53 PM

Neutron Jockey, I think a Steve Wedel/Carrie Jones Horror/YA collaboration would be very cool. Don't you?

Adelina, You secret phobia doesn't even sound like an irrational fear. It sounds like a real, intelligent fear. Now, I'm getting all worried about when my parents die. Darn. Oh... man....

Blogger mishmish, Insects can be amazingly scary. I don't even like writing the word.

Lisa!!!! Thank you!!! I didn't realize I hadn't announced that. Bad Carrie, bad.

Tomorrow to celebrate I am:
1. Finishing my holiday shopping
2. Going to the Grocery Store of evil
3. Reminding people in my family that's it BOOK RELEASE DAY and probably being ignored.
4. Sitting alone in a corner of the couch pouting.

What are you doing? Something better I hope!

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/22/2008 5:38 PM

The more I read about this book, the more I want it. (Didn't say 'need' it. I do have some pride.)

Why did you pick Maine?

I love my beautiful New England home, but generally people don't write about things up here unless they're from here (Stephen King, etc.). So why Maine?

Personally I think more books should be set here. But that's just my opinion. :)

Posted by: OpenID doortoriver at 12/22/2008 5:40 PM

Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

I would have to say my main phobias are spiders and clowns. Actually, I should move clowns to the top of the list. Unnatural, terrifying things, they are.

Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Anonymous Sam R. at 12/22/2008 6:38 PM

Enter me. Carrie, if this book is half as great as you are, then it'll be amazing.

Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Blogger kporterbooks at 12/22/2008 7:08 PM

I love that grandmother, and I haven't even met her. ^_^

Tough old ladies are my favorite. I want to be one when I grow up.

Posted by: OpenID anachred at 12/22/2008 7:10 PM

Great interview. I'm looking forward to reading NEED--it sounds wonderful.

I actually didn't think I had any phobias, but that was before you mentioned hamster erotica~shudders~

Posted by: OpenID patesden at 12/22/2008 7:10 PM

I'm really flattered that you're looking forward to OTHER, Carrie! I went on a total research binge for the first few drafts, mostly by flipping through books of folklore and reading what was already published in novels. It has been hard to limit how many different Others (as the paranormal people are called in my novel) make it on stage.

I get to add more kinds of Others into the sequel, BLOODBORN, which I'm excited about. The protagonist of that novel, Brock, travels to creepy little logging towns in the Northwest, meeting all the Others too weird for mainstream American society.

Anyway. Enough rambling. :)

Posted by: Anonymous Karen Kincy at 12/22/2008 7:26 PM

Awesome! I've put this book on my must buy list. I've been looking for another cool YA book to read.

Happy Holidays to all!

Posted by: Blogger Vivi Anna at 12/22/2008 7:29 PM

I'm terribly afraid of heights, so much that I'll faint on a 4ft. ladder.

Can't wait to read the book. It sounds great and I love to read anything about the fey.

Posted by: OpenID sparklefancy at 12/22/2008 8:17 PM

I posted to my LJ!

Posted by: OpenID sparklefancy at 12/22/2008 8:23 PM

Great interview!
I can't wait to read need.

One of my phobias is a fear of elevators. I can't get in one. So I just take the stairs

Posted by: Blogger WhiteHotMetal at 12/22/2008 9:28 PM

I am so excited for Need coming out AND it's going to have a sequel! Congrats Carrie :) Personally, I've always found Tinkerbell to be really annoying. I'm glad you're writing about interesting fairies!

Posted by: Anonymous pepsivanilla at 12/22/2008 10:04 PM

I finished reading NEED this evening and will be reviewing it tomorrow. Thank goodness my kids don't care about me enough to read my blog, since it would totally spoil M's Christmas present for her. I have to agree with M that Carrie writes the best boyfriends ever.

And I'm thrilled there's going to be a sequel. THRILLED, I tell you.

Posted by: Blogger Kelly Fineman at 12/22/2008 11:25 PM

Need sounds very cool!

On to my weird phobias:

Ever since I was a child I've had a phobia of butter. I don't want it near me on the table, I don't want to pass it, I don't want to smell someone frying with it, and I certainly would never eat it in its stick form. I will eat baked goods as long as I don't see the butter go into the baking. Weird huh.

My other phobia--driving. I didn't get my license until I was 28. I had an irrational idea that I was so fearful because some part of my mind knew I would be in an accident and either hurt myself or someone else.

Maybe I was in a terrible crash in another life.

Coll

Posted by: Blogger theartgirl at 12/23/2008 12:32 AM

I laughed out loud for this interview, Jeri and Carrie. :)

I have mild claustrophobia and crowd anxiety but I'm working on it.

Posted by: Anonymous Jess at 12/23/2008 9:48 AM

Doortoriver, You showed massive restraint! If I had a gold glitter star I'd put it on your forehead.

I picked Maine because I live in Maine. A lot of Maine librarians get cranky about the lack of YA novels that depict a realistic version of Maine. Well, pixies aren't EXACTLY realistic, but still....

I think there should be a TON more Maine setting books, too.

Anonymous Sam R., You are so great! Clowns are beyond weird, aren't they? You and Tiffany Trent should start a support group.

Hey you, kporterbooks, you

You are too nice, saying I'm great! You are crazy, but so kind... I have to go aspire to be great now.

Anachred!

I want to be a tough old lady, too! We will have to hang out together when we're in our 90s and cuss people out and wear our flannel shirts. Okay?

Patesden,
I am so sorry that I gave you a hamster erotica phobia. Hopefully, you'll never have to face that fear... Ew.....


Hey Karen

I AM looking forward to OTHER. I just can't wait. I love books that have research binges involved.

Vivi Anna!
Thank you so much for putting NEED on your list.
Happy Holidays to you, too!

Oh, Sparklefancy,
Heights are a hard fear.
I hope you like the book if you wind up reading it!
Oh, and thanks for posting to your LJ


WhiteHotMetal
Thanks for commenting. I just saw an episode of FRINGE with the absolute creepiest elevator scene. Stairs make you healthier though, right? See your phobia is working for you.


Pepsivanilla

I think Tink is really annoying too. Grrrr....

Kelly Fineman said...

You are just made of awesome. That is the best review ever.

Theartgirl!

I love you! That is one of the best phobias I have ever heard of: the butter one.

I used to have a bit of driving phobia, too. I didn't get my license until I was in my 20s. I think it was before 28 though. Maybe we were in a horrible crash together. You know, we were each driving a car... Hmm... It sounds like a novel, doesn't it?

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/23/2008 9:51 AM

Jess!

You can do it.

Take that fear and kick it in the heinie. (I was going to write another word and then I wimped out.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/23/2008 9:52 AM

I have three teenage girls who are huge readers. This book sounds perfect for them.
I don't have phobias, but I definitely don't like spiders and I'm not too fond of the dark. Put the two together, and someone's getting hurt.
~ Paige :)

Posted by: Blogger PaigeC at 12/23/2008 11:30 AM

What a great interview!
"Hamster Erotica" has to be the best 2008 answer in an interview. ;) I would stand in line to buy that book.
Thanks for the interview. I will be reading NEED in the future. It sounds really interesting.

Posted by: Blogger LeleliaSky at 12/23/2008 11:43 AM

Heights. I am terrified of heights. It doesn't matter if I am 3 feet off the ground, I would still be scared. I'm not even sure how it started. It may have been my imagination that something would happen and I would fall down from a very high place. I would sometimes think of myself falling when there was an earthquake. This was when I was five. I live in Florida, earthquakes do not happen here. I have memories of me, slowly climbing down the stairs. I would have to go down one step, take a deep breath, and then go down another step. It's not as bad as it used to be, since I am force to go up and down the stairs at school. But if tap me from behind or shake me while I’m on the stairs, I would start screaming. One time, I started cracking up when my family was at the mall and they wanted to go up the escalators. I just couldn't stop laughing that I started crying. People started staring at me like I was crazy. It was a giant step for me to go on the escalator.

Another fear is animals. My parents told me that when I was younger, I would be scared of a tree. I’m serious. I would refuse to touch it and I would stand far away from it. I don’t like cats at all and I’m frightened that they may scratch me. Dogs would make me stand still. Then I would start shaking. This happens a lot. In my area there are a lot of dogs. I used to walk with my mom almost everyday, but since it got so bad, I hardly go out with her. Sometimes dogs would start chasing me when I used to walk. I would have to hide behind my mom and my mom has to keep the dog away from me so I feel safe. My family had a bird once, and I would refuse to even get close to it. Before we bought it a cage, my mom would keep it in a little room we had. She would tie the feet in a long string and tie that string to a chair. Once it escaped and the door was open. As soon as I saw it, I ran into my room and shut the door. There are times that I would be the only person in my class that was not going on the field trip. Mostly, these field trips include animals. There was a field trip once where we went to a farm. There was an activity where we had to feed pigs. While everyone was giggling and laughing, I was crying. I had to be taken away to an area where there weren’t any animals. This huge pig was coming towards me and I thought the pig would knock the fence over and run over me, or eat my hand when I was trying to feeding it. It didn't even get close to me when I had my hand out. When it was several feet away from me, I burst into tears.

To try and not let these fears get to me, I would have to read. That seems to be the only way to calm me down…

Posted by: Blogger Lalaland at 12/23/2008 12:06 PM

I love skiing. However, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it because I'm TERRIFIED of heights. By heights I mean I freak out if I can tell I'm about a foot off the ground. I'm working on it, but I'm still ridiculously afraid. Escalators also creep me out. I prefer to take the stairs.

Posted by: Blogger Liviania at 12/23/2008 12:09 PM

Need sounds great, I'm adding it to my list of books to read!

I have a big phobia about spiders but my strangest secret phobia is being caught in the car in a lake or river and not being able to get out. Very strange since where I live does not have big bodies of water -- well, a couple rivers but what are the odds?! :-)

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

Posted by: Blogger Marie at 12/23/2008 2:35 PM

I pre-ordered NEED about a month ago from Amazon. I received notice on the 20th that it had shipped, so I'm just waiting for my copy now. Yay! The first time I saw that gorgeous cover, I looked for a review of the book. I noticed two things, the story sounded amazing, and the heroine shares my name, Zara. I openly admit to being excited about that. Yeah, I'm easy, I know lol. Anyway, I can't wait to read the book when it gets here. Happy Holidays, Carrie!

Thanks Jeri for the interview and giveaway also! Happy Holidays to you, and all the readers here too!

Hugs, Zara

zarache AT aol DOT com

Posted by: Blogger bamabelle at 12/23/2008 4:31 PM

Yay for fabulous book give-aways! I'm over here from Carrie's blog. Great interview, Jeri!

My phobias/fears? You mean I gotta pick just one?

The only thing I fear is missing out on a fabulous read if I don't get myself to the bookstore right now to buy NEED!!!

Bye!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberley Griffiths Little at 12/23/2008 6:04 PM

What a great interview! I definitely have to read Need!
I had to laugh at Carrie's story about her skiing lesson because although I am a decent skier (or was, back when I went skiing), I am just terrible at getting on and off the ski lift. Once I even knocked my sister halfway off the lift with my pole, and they had to stop the lift and get a ladder to help her down. Honestly, if there were a world record for stopping the ski lift the most times in a row, I would probably have it! So I guess that's a phobia of mine.

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 12/23/2008 6:47 PM

What is your spirit animal and will you ever write about that?

I was like you when I was growing up, I'd be the lead investigator whenever there was a noise or someone thought they saw something outside. I'd get some kind of weapon and go investigate.

Posted by: Blogger Barbara at 12/23/2008 8:51 PM

Hi Carrie~Need sounds absoulutely amazing!!

With the holidays fast approaching...do you have a favorite holiday tradition, song, or movie?

Happy Holidays!!

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 12/24/2008 2:00 AM

PaigeC.
You crack me up. I will never wear a spider costume and hang out with you in the dark. I promise.

LeleliaSky
Hm... Maybe I should write that book... "Hamster Erotica." If I do I'll have to dedicate it to you! ;)

Lalaland

Oh my gosh... You poor honey. Those are awful fears to have and I don't care, pigs can be scary especially when you're little. You know, you are tremendously brave to have fears like that and to be able to function. I don't know you or anything, obviously, but I'm still really proud of you.

Liviania

Stairs are healthy! Just tell everyone that. I wish you could give me some of your skiing bravery. Thank you so much for commenting.

Marie said...

Thanks for thinking NEED sounds good. My husband has the same exact phobia as you JUST last night he went on a tirade about power windows and locks in cars.
We live in Maine next to a river that is about a half mile from the bay, but he had this when he lived in Ohio when he was a little kid.

ZARA!

Thank you SO much for pre-ordering NEED. I can't believe your name is ZARA. That is so cool. I have total name envy. I hope you like this Zara and she doesn't drive you nuts. I know I have a hard time with Carrie from Stephen King's book CARRIE. Hm... Wait. Zara is not like that.

Kimberley Griffiths Little

Thank you for coming over here! You rock.
Nice phobia, baby! You are so
funny.

Kimberly B.

Your ski lift story is sooooooo funny. Your poor sister. Does she tell it to everyone? I would.


Barbara!

I bet we would have been best friends. I was always so annoyed at my friends for being wimps.

According to Jeri's quiz, I'm a bear, which is funny because my first crush was on an actual bear and my maiden name meant BEAR, and I used to have a lot of bear dreams and I've seen a lot of bears. People say I act more like a cat though.

I think I'd love to write about that.

Lori T

I love The Christmas Story. We always celebrate the yule and we always make Playmobile Santa and Mrs. Claus do some questionable things in their Playmobile house. We mark the door for the wisemen, leave out a plate for the dead, burn the yule in a special way, decorate, hide the pickle on the tree, hide a present from Santa Mouse on the tree, and have one of those snoopy elf guys watching everything and report back to Santa. Santa always leaves an update about what's happening at the North Pole. Those reindeer are scamps!

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/24/2008 10:09 AM

Need sounds like such a great book. I can't wait to get a copy! :)

Posted by: Blogger Chelsea at 12/24/2008 2:49 PM

Books sounds great. I love the fey in an shape. So, my greatest phobia is strange sounds in the night I can't identify. They can really get me frazzled.

My question is....
What is one of your hobbies, that one day you might want to put in a book?!

Posted by: Blogger Ruby (Mouth) at 12/24/2008 3:25 PM

Spooky pixies sound irresistible! Totally enter me.

Deidre

Posted by: Blogger ddurance at 12/24/2008 11:30 PM

Oh, meant to add my phobia....dark water, like oceans, ponds, lakes...it really freaks me out. I can imagine all kinds of creepy things lurking beneath the surface.

Deidre

Posted by: Blogger ddurance at 12/24/2008 11:32 PM

Wow! Sounds awesome and since Jeri says it is great, I am so there! I would love to ask a question but I am braindead after a day spent cooking and figuring out Nintendo Ds and Wii and various other new toys Santa brought.

Posted by: Blogger Lori at 12/25/2008 8:52 PM

Chelsea,
Thanks for thinking NEED sounds cool.

Ruby (Mouth),

Your phobia? That was so me until I went to college. Then I became afraid of the song "ROCKET MAN" because the guy in the single next to me would put it on really loud and on repeat whenever his girlfriend slept over.

Now, I'm like... "Oh, is that a chain rattling? Is that the sound of vampire wings? Fine. Cool. Just do NOT play any Elton John."

So far I've put in running, Amnesty International, kayaking, playing guitar and bike riding into books. So, I guess I might want to put in singing or my weird Q-Tip fixation, although that might scare too many readers.

Deidre,

Thanks for commenting and dark water can be so freaky. I live in Maine, by a river, I know...

Lori,

I'm so brain dead I just wrote "drain dread" instead of Brain Dead and then when I was trying to fix it I wrote "Braid Bead."

Sigh.

You are way ahead of me when it comes to brain cells.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/25/2008 11:12 PM

My phobia is heights over water. Tall bridges, or towers next to a lake, or anything like that. Scary!

Posted by: Blogger Laura at 12/26/2008 12:12 PM

Great interview! I am terrified of spiders. I know its a common fear but they really creep me out.
Caitlin

Posted by: Blogger Caitlin Hoy at 12/27/2008 10:04 AM

Fun interview! Jeri it sounds like you and Carrie could have a lot of fun together!
My phobia is with brown recluse spiders....I really dislike all spiders yet brown recluse's "jump" out and bite you! UGH!
Thanks
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Posted by: Blogger darbyscloset at 12/27/2008 12:48 PM

This was a great interview!

My question may have been asked already, I only had time to read the interview, not the comments, but: Do you feel any competition from other books or writers? In other words, do you feel like other books are stealing readers away from yours, or do you think other books help lead readers to more and more books and competition isn't an issue?

Thanks!

Posted by: Blogger FatalisFortuna at 12/27/2008 1:12 PM

Love the interview

My phobia would be loosing control. That is the bases of all my phobias like flying and dying. When in a plane I have no control over what happens so it scares me and I can't have control over dying so that scares me.

Posted by: Blogger Carmen R at 12/27/2008 2:25 PM

I guess sharks maybe. Big ones if I'm in the ocean. Otherwise I'm afraid of falling. It used to be heights but I seem to be able to control that fear now if I just don't concentrate on it. I think my dad used to throw me up when I was young and one time he didn't catch me - that's probably where the falling thing came from. And heights - I just hate when there isn't a railing - when I was in first grade our school moved to a building still under construction - they hadn't put the railings on the stairs, and they made us go up the stairs to class. My sister also remembers this and has the same fear. Sometimes I'd dream about that school and having to climb up the stairs without a railing.

Posted by: Blogger Janicu at 12/27/2008 3:26 PM

I HAVE PANIC ATTACKS, SO THERE IS SOME TIMES NO REASON FOR FEAR BUT IS BROUGHT ABOUT ANYWA,

BUT ALSO CURVE BRIDGES, WHY ,I HAVE NO REASON

SMALL PLACES
ELEVATORS

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/27/2008 3:34 PM

Laura,
My mom has that phobia too.

Caitlin Hoy,

It doesn't matter that it's common. It's your fear. You know? The fact that other people have it make it NO less scary.

I have a really scary spider story but I'm not going to tell you because I'm feeling all nice.


Darbyscloset,


Oh! Brown recluse are the worst. I'm not even afraid of spiders and they totally wig me out.

I did get to meet Jeri! I love Jeri! I'd like to hang out with Jeri a lot more. Jeri might not want to though.

FatalisFortuna said...

You know I don't really think about it except if I know the writer is a total punk/diva and then I get momentarily cranky over the state of the world when they achieve massive success. It's sort of like "But they're such an awful person, why do they get to be a best-seller?"

Which is so wrong of me, I know.

But I never think of it as taking away readers from me. I get psyched to see people reading because that's what's good for the art and for the industry, you know?

Although, um, I would like to be a best seller.


Carmen R

You are so clever to figure out the base of all your fears. I'm jealous. I have no clue why I'm afraid of skiing. Other than I stink at it. Did you study psychology?

Janicu

Oh man... I can't believe your dad dropped you. That just stinks, you poor thing. And the railing thing? That's so little kid scary.

Anonymous,

Panic attacks are so awful. I'm so sorry you have them. I wish I could magically get rid of them for you.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/27/2008 5:47 PM

wow need sounds fantastic. I have two son that are always looking for something to read. Need looks like that all three of us could read and enjoy. Would love to win it.

Posted by: Blogger Pamk at 12/27/2008 6:20 PM

I forgot to mention my phobia, if you could call it that. I consider it more of a deathly terror, but whatever. I am so afraid of public speaking. Small groups, totally fine, but standing at the podium looking out at the masses, not so much. Every time I have to give a speech, my main goal is to NOT pass out lol.

Hugs, Zara

Posted by: Blogger bamabelle at 12/27/2008 9:37 PM

Wow Jeri! Thank you for introducing us to a new author and it sounds awesome! I love the Fae and pixies rule! Nice cover, great catch to real you in and it sounds like a winner! Good Luck Carrie!
Loved the comment on Hamster erotica!!!
Have a Great Weekend!

Chris J.
dragonsflowers@yahoo.com

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/27/2008 11:34 PM

Which weather man?

Posted by: OpenID scripted22 at 12/27/2008 11:37 PM

This book sounds very interesting. I can't wait to read it. I don't recall ever hearing of a book with human sized pixies , hopefully it sets a new trend. Great contest.

Posted by: OpenID bbricke at 12/28/2008 12:02 AM

I guess you got your minimum number of comments :) Congrats, on the sequel, Carrie. NEED sounds great. I'm curious about your mom's fear of pigeons; did something happen to inspire that fear? 'Cuz right away, my writer brain came up with a half dozen likely -- or not :) -- scenarios.

Posted by: Blogger Jessa Slade at 12/28/2008 1:26 AM

I can't wait to read this so I can find out the description of your pixies! I love non-sweet faeries and pixies!!!

Posted by: Blogger Laura Howard at 12/28/2008 1:56 PM

Carrie, I would love to hang out with you again! Meeting you was one of the highlights of my Conestoga. :-)

Maybe we can go not-skiing together some time.

I think this is the most comments this blog has ever seen. By far the most for an interview. And on a holiday week, too. Amazing. Carrie, you rawk!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/28/2008 2:02 PM

"Hamster erotica", I love it! LOL! Putting this book on my to-read list. I like the idea of pixies not being the cute little things they are made out to be in modern literature. The original Grimm's Fairy Tales are dark and scary.

Posted by: Blogger Beatrice and Friends Cottage Farm at 12/28/2008 3:23 PM

My "not-sp-secret" phobia is loud noises. I can't even run the vacuum without getting freaked out :) Thanks for the post and a chance to win!!

Posted by: Blogger nicki72182 at 12/28/2008 5:52 PM

Hi Carrie,
I asked about books by Maine authors at Mr. Paperback in Ellsworth last Sunday and the cashier had never heard of you. I thought Need was a bit to scary for my 11 year old niece but when she is a bit older I will give it to her. So when are you going to read from you books at the library? Maybe you already have and I missed it. Ever tried cross-country skiing? The short loop at the Black House is completely flat.

Take care,

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/28/2008 6:53 PM

Blogger Pamk said...

I hope you all like it if you win. Thanks for commenting.

Bamabelle/Zara,

Have you ever passed out because of it?

Anonymous Anonymous/Chris
Thank you so much for the luck. I hope you have a great week

Scripted22 said...

I refuse to admit which weather man. He's in Bangor though.

Bbricke,

Thank you so much for commenting. I hope it does start a new trend.

Jessa Slade,

Thank you so much! I'm pretty psyched. My mom's dad is afraid of birds too. I think I should borrow your writer brain and one of the half dozen likely scenarios. It'd be way more fun.

Laura Howard said...

Thanks Laura! That is so nice of you to say.

Jeri said...

We have to non-ski again some time. Thank you so much for interviewing me. You are the one who rawks.

I LOVED hanging out with you at CONESTOGA too. We need to hang out more.

Beatrice and Friends Cottage Farm

I am so thrilled to have NEED be on your to-read list. You make my night! Thanks.

Nicki72182 said...

Oh, your like my dog, Tala. I mean that only in a good way! I love Tala. She is very anti-loud noises. Good luck with the contest.

Anonymous Anonymous,

Mr. Paperback seems to like to pretend I don't exist. We had to get my agent, and the publisher to get them to stock my first book, TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (ex) BOYFRIEND. They had a copy of NEED there face out on Wednesday. I'm not sure if it's still there or not.

I'm totally okay with cross-country skiing. It's only downhill that freaks me out. I've even ventured (gasp!) on the big loop at the Black House.

Wait! You're in Ellsworth. Who are you? No fair.

I haven't read at the Library. I love the librarians though. I had a book signing at the Maine Grind last August. I'm pretty shy about setting stuff up in my own town. I know! I know! I'm ridiculous.

Posted by: OpenID carriejones at 12/28/2008 7:14 PM

Thanks to Carrie and everyone who commented--you were amazing!

The winner (who will also be announced in tomorrow's blog post) is...Commenter #22, POFFF Master/Weaver of Yarns!

Congrats, POFFM/WoY! Please contact me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com with your mailing address, and I'll pass it on to Carrie so she can send you the book and secret bonus, and then I'll send you your Amazon gift certificate. Hooray!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/29/2008 1:28 PM

I read Carrie's book Need, just finished it today, and I cant wait for the sequel. I hate to say it but, move aside Stephanie Meyer! She is losing fans to Carrie now because Carrie is such a great writer and because she isnt publishing Midnight Sun. Carrie, your amasing and your writing just takes me away to a happy place=)

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