In Vamped, Gina and her minions defeated a vampire vixen, a psycho-psychic and the vampire council of Mozulla, Ohio. Gina was all ready to expose vampires to the world in all their fanged fabulosity…until the Feds arrived to sweep everything under the rug and make them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
In ReVamped, Gina and her boyfriend Bobby are sent undercover to infiltrate a New York high school where some seriously weird stuff is going down. Worse than that, Gina’s new super-secret identity is as goth-girl Geneva Belfry. No color palette to speak of. More chains than a bike rack. And don't even get her started on the shoes. At least she won’t be too worried about blood spatter when kicking the butt of her newest nemesis, who’s decided that the high school makes a perfect playground.
All the cool people love it:
“This is a witty vampire romance/adventure with plenty of heart and action. Diver has written a supernatural sequel to Vamped (Flux, 2009/VOYA August 2009) that will attract even reluctant readers. It is filled with wry twists, such as the difficulties of trying to apply mascara when, as vampire, you don’t have any reflection in the mirror, as well as the typical agonies of being young and trying to fit in.” —VOYA
“Gina, the 17-year-old fashionista of the undead, is back and as sassy as ever (Vamped, 2009). Thoroughly enjoyable, this sequel is a light, fizzy read… listening in on Gina’s thoughts and quick-witted dialogue is what makes this such a treat.” —Kirkus Reviews
Who she is:
Lucienne Diver is a writer by night and a literary agent by day. She blogs on LiveJournal, and her heroine Gina has a blog, too! How awesome is that?
My interview with the lovely Lucienne:
1. 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 sort of love to be my heroine Gina. She’s a little clothing-obsessed, but, well, okay, I sort of have to own that myself. Deep down, though, she has a good heart—brand new, never been used. Once the chink forms in her armor, she discovers that she’ll risk dishevelment and other fates worse than death for the sake of those she comes to care for. In fact, whenever the going got tough writing Vamped or Revamped, she’d willingly sacrifice the toes of her Prada pumps to kick me out of the way and take over. I wish all obstacles were as easy to surmount. Maybe with the right wardrobe…
Anyway, I love her deal now, panic later perspective on life.
2. On the flip side, which of your characters would you most like to bring to life in our world (as a friend or a little bit more ;-) ?
Well, I’m already married to a hot geek like Bobby, Gina’s boy-genius (*grin*), so for variety I guess I’d bring to life Ulric, the cocky goth-guy I introduced in Revamped. I sort of fell for him a wee bit. So did Gina, for that matter.
3. 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)?
My favorite somewhat obscure singer is Christine Lavin, who writes wonderfully funny songs like "Shopping Cart of Love: The Play" (click for video). I’m not sure how well known she is outside the New York area, but I absolutely adore her. It would absolutely kick my butt for her to do a Vamped song.
(Jeri's note: LOVE Christine Lavin! She was one of the first artists my husband and I listened to together when we started dating. We especially loved "Sensitive New-Age Guy." OK, back to the interview.)
4. What's your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is when we were living in Arbutus, Maryland, in a little row house with honeysuckle behind it. My mother taught us how to suck the honey out of the blooms. Specifically, though, the memory involves a birthday/tea party my parents held for me out on our lawn. A mimosa tree dropped seed pods like flower petals, and it was about the best day of my life. We moved when I was five, so I don’t know how old I was at the party, but certainly younger than that.
5. Do you have any phobias?
Thankfully, I have no fear of seed pods! It’s funny, though, that I love the outdoors the way I do when my phobia is of anything with too many legs—spiders, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, silverfish…. (*Shudder*)
Yecch, I agree (although I usually leave the spiders and centipedes alone, because they eat the other bugs. But if they get near my bed, forget it. In the toilet.)
Thanks to Lucienne for stopping by, and congrats on the new release!