Today I Have Natasha Deen, author of True Grime, on the blog for an interview. Enjoy!!
Hi Natasha, where did the original idea for True Grime come from?
The BP oil spill prompted Grime. I was watching it (and feeling fatalistic). We were just screwing up. Destroying everything and there was the newscaster, every 15 minutes, coming back and saying, “Oil’s still spilling.” Well, duh.
After a few days, I realized I was seeing it wrong. This wasn’t about us screwing up and killing ourselves and the planet. This was about a company making a terrible mistake and the whole world (it seemed) had turned its eyes to them, and was staring, waiting for them to fix things. The newscaster wasn’t wasting my time and giving me disaster porn, he was the clock-watcher, coming in every so often to say, “Those bastards still haven’t done anything. I’m going to go back and monitor it. We’ll hold them accountable.”
And hold them accountable, not just to the immediate spill, but to the long term effects…and I started thinking about how different my life is compared to the life my grandmothers led (pulled out of school at 8, forced into arranged marriages)…and then I realized that life is getting better. We may be slow, but we’re growing and becoming a better species.
So, I just wanted to send that message and to do it within the context of some of the scarier things we deal with: bullying, terrorism, environment.
Did you take any personality or physical characteristics from people you know to shape your characters?
Not really, although the scene where Aponi has to take on Malcolm (the bully) at the party—that was based on an actual incident I witnessed when I was twelve…it still haunts me.
What is your writing space like?
L-shaped desks, buttered yellow walls, music (everything from 40s jazz to hip-hop), food, tea, lamps instead of overhead lights, and furry creatures strewn about (on my chair, under my desk) sheering me on as I write.
What is your favorite genre to write? Read?
I love writing mash-ups: romance with suspense/mystery and comedy, and I love reading suspense/mystery.
What do you hope readers get from True Grime?
A good time. I want people to have fun with the book, to read and see themselves in the experiences of the characters, and to know that if we believe and persist, we can get our happy endings.
Anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading, and also, I’m running a contest until December 5, 2011. If you post a review of True Grime on Amazon.com, you’ll be entered to win a Kindle E-Reader (the prize is a gift card, so you can always use it for Christmas shopping, too!). Full details
Thanks for stopping by Natasha!
About the Author: When I was little, there was only one thing I wanted to be: a superhero. But there came a day when my dreams were broken, and that was the day I realized that being a klutz was not, in fact, a super power, and my super weakness for anything bright and shiny meant a magpie with self-control could easily defeat me in a battle of wills. I turned to writing as a way to sharpen my mental super-hero skills. I don’t get to orbit the earth in a space station (and thank God, because I get sick on merry go round), but I do get to say things like: “Stand aside! This is a job for Writing Girl!!”
Publisher: Blueberry Hill
Publication Date: August 2011
Purchase: Amazon | BarnesAndNoble | Smashwords
Grime cop and teen fairy Pepper Powder lives for one thing: protecting the human species from magical zealots who seek to eradicate them with Violent Illness of Unusual Resistance and Strength (humans call them “viruses,” but their mistake is understandable. The very young often get their words wrong.). When a terrorist leader releases a necrophage bomb, it not only decimates Grime headquarters, it turns Pepper into the magical world’s first fairy amputee—but she’s not going to let a little thing like a missing leg stop her. To catch her criminal, and prevent him from unleashing a VIURS in one of the human world’s biggest shopping centers, West Edmonton Mall, she goes undercover as a human. But once Pepper's theories of humanity collide with the reality of bullies, cliques, and environmental destruction, will she still believe humanity's worth saving?
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