Friday, September 28, 2012

Veronica Wolff Author Interview

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Veronica Wolff is an award-winning, bestselling author with a soft spot for kilts, mountains, beaches, and vampires. Not necessarily at the same time. She lived everywhere from Texas, to Hawaii, to India, before finally settling in Northern California, where she lives with her husband, two kids, one insane rescue dog, one angelic rescue dog, the gentlest cat ever, and a snake whose days are numbered.


What was your first introduction to YA literature, the one that made you choose that genre to write?
There’s not one single book to point to… For years, I trawled the “youth” section of my local library for fantasy novels that could’ve just as easily been shelved with adult but for their teen protagonists. And later, of course, there was Twilight, which I confess I loved. But really, I’ve always read widely, and can’t think of one YA book in particular that was an a-ha moment for me. It’s been more of a gradual immersion.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I can be extremely shy and introverted. If you meet me at a book event, I’ll be genuinely friendly and seem outgoing, but chances are, deep-down, there will be moments when I’m totally quailing.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote a book of very dire Haiku in third grade. Lots of lonely cats, rotting fruits, and birds who can’t fly. My daughter found it recently and was appalled.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
How little we’ve changed throughout history. I actually hated history in school…until, one semester, I got a teacher who turned me on to how history isn’t just dates, it’s intrigue, romance, art, crime, music…all the juicy stuff. I ended up getting a graduate degree in it.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Reader, napper, belly-laugher. In fact, I think that’s how I describe myself on my Twitter bio, so you know it must be true.

Did you learn anything from writing Blood Fever and what was it?
I learned you can’t have enough action (or at least I can’t!). I discovered how fun it is to keep spinning out the plot, especially in this sort of series.

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing The Watchers Series?
Mei-Ling! She was a surprising discovery, and I’m so not done with her.

For those who are unfamiliar with Drew, how would you introduce her?
Drew’s a smart girl who should’ve known better than to get into a car with a stranger. She’s a loyal friend and a fierce competitor who’s discovering just what she’s made of. She’s grace under pressure, funny at inappropriate moments, and always resolved. She’s someone I’d want to have on my lifeboat.

What part of Carden did you enjoy writing the most?
I adore devil-may-care heroes! It’s so fun writing the kind of man who’ll make a naughty joke, wink, and then turn around and become a fearsome warrior who’d give his life for yours.

If you could introduce Drew to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I’d like her to meet Haley, my time-traveling heroine in Warrior of the Highlands. Haley was also a very bright woman who kicked ass. I think they’d get along swimmingly.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Can someone be a mentor if they don’t know you? Because I’m a huge Charlaine Harris fan, particularly her Sookie Stackhouse series and her Harper Connelly series. I’ve learned so much, studying how she develops her characters over several books, how she draws out the relationship arcs, and spins all that action and plot. Plus, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at various book events, and she’s one of the most gracious women I’ve ever met.

How many books have you written?
I’ve been lucky in that all the books I’ve written have been published. I’m finishing my thirteenth book for Penguin now.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
Don’t take advice from strangers. ;-)

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
Ha! What a great question. You know, there’s an answer to this: my height! I’m shrinking, and it’s freaking me out. Seriously. So I still say I’m 5’8” when lately it’s more like 5’7”. *shakes fists*

Who was your first boyfriend?
A lovely boy named Joe, with whom I’m still in touch on Facebook. I was in eleventh grade and he was in tenth, and we worked at the same restaurant where he worked in the kitchen and I bussed tables. We bonded over our mutual love of British mod bands.

What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
In grad school, I worked as a “Pizza Peddler” at a movie theater. They made me shout to the patrons stuff like “get your hot, fresh pizza here.” Those who know me will get just how much this is unlike me—it still makes me cringe. All the free movies in the world aren’t worth shouting at strangers about pizza.

Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
My amazing, superhero-caliber husband, Adam. He always knows just what to say. He always makes me feel better. Always.

When was the last time you cried?
Just the other night, in fact. I read Assassin’s Apprentice, by Robin Hobb, aloud to my kids. It’s the first book in one of my favorite fantasy series ever, written by one of my favorite fantasy authors. The ending makes me cry every time—my daughter and I were curled up and weeping on her bed. It was fantastic.

Where can readers find you?
I love chatting with readers, so yes, please stalk me on Twitter and Facebook!
Thanks again for having me, Jean!!


It’s the start of the fall semester, and a new crop of Acari and Trainees have descended on the Isle of Night. Watcher training has intensified, and Drew has a new roommate named Mei-Ling. But Mei-Ling harbors a dangerous secret that drove the vampires to abduct her against her will. Drew knows she shouldn’t get involved, but she can’t seem to leave her roommate to fend for herself.

Luckily, Drew has other things on her mind—like vampire Carden. A blood bond to a brawny, eighteenth-century Scottish bad boy tends to preoccupy a girl. And though she’s still figuring out what this bond means, one thing has become clear: She craves him in a major way.

But then bodies start turning up on the island. All the evidence points to the existence of a rogue vampire, and the sinister vampire Alcántara is gunning for Carden, even though Drew has proof that Carden had nothing to do with the murders. Now she has to find the true killer—without endangering Carden, Mei-Ling, or herself…

Veronica Wolff’s The Watchers Series is not your typical vampire story and actually steers away into a different direction that will surprise readers. The series’ approach in the vampire legacy is refreshing and unique. It has its own original plot line which gives the series its edge. In the third installment, Blood Fever, the author manages to take the story to new levels. The action gets more raw and in your face and the romance is steamier. Drew and Carden’s relationship gets serious and the two heat things up. Murders are happening on the island and people are suspecting Drew and Carden are responsible. Drew takes on the mission on figuring out who is behind the murders before she gets killed or someone she cares about is hurt.

The growth of the characters in the series is believable as Drew is learning from her past to become a stronger leading character. The action is intense and downright violent at times but Drew has determination and is a natural survivor. Readers are exposed to Drew and Carden’s growing relationship even though they do not instantly fall for one another.

Veronica’s writing style is very fluid like and although chaos and pandemonium occurs in every action scene, she beautifully describes each action sequence in perfect form without confusing the reader. The plot carried enough twists and surprises to keep the intriguing factors at high levels. The third installment does not take a step back and actually improves on what the two impressive predecessors had already built. If Blood Fever made the series three times better, it is certain that the upcoming fourth installment, The Take, will make it four times better.

You can purchase Blood Fever at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you VERONICA WOLFF for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of  Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff.
1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of Vampire's Kiss by Veronica Wolff.
1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of Blood Fever  by Veronica Wolff.


  1. thanks so much for a great giveaway!

  2. Thanks Veronica for a truly lovely giveaway :)

  3. Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about this series, looks intriguing!

  4. This series looks really good! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Thank You so much for the awesome giveaway! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Thank you both for making this giveaway possible! :)

  7. Thank you for this awesome, awesome giveaway!

  8. Thanks for sharing this interview with us, and for the amazing giveaway! :D

  9. Great giveaway. I love these books.

  10. Thanks for the amazing interview and for the awesome giveaway :).

  11. I have always been fascinated with the different spins of vampire lore. I find it fun and interesting with the different twists of vampire stories. I would love to read this series of books by Veronica Wolff. Thank you for the giveaway...and a chance to be introduced to your twist on vampire lore.

  12. Thank you so much Veronica for your donations :)

  13. I can't wait to read this series!! Its already in my wish list on B&N!!

  14. Thank you very much for this opportunity! I am looking forward to reading the Watchers series.


  15. thank you so much for the donation! super excite hope luck is on my side

  16. Thank you so much for donating on Jean's blog ^^


  17. I agree with Veronica, you can NEVER have too much action!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I hope to win Blood Fever since I've read Isle of Night and just received a copy of The Vampire's Kiss. This is a very entertaining series and I'd love to continue reading!

  18. Thanks so very much for the giveaways & donating to Jean BookNerd Blog!! Continued blessing to you.

  19. Thanks so much for this giveaway sorry
    I also posted on your facebook wall lol

  20. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  21. thanks for this amazing giveaway