I’m pleased to present a new Girlfriends Cyber Circuit interview today with Kelly Parra, two-time RITA Award finalist and author of such YA novels as GRAPHITI GIRL and INVISIBLE TOUCH. She’s here today to talk about the new anthology SOMETHING WICKED.SOMETHING WICKED: Young Adult Short Stories Published by Buzz Books USA | October 2012 ISBN 1938493060
“Mesmerizing and eerie. Tales to keep you reading late into the dark night.” – Tara Hudson, author of HEREAFTER and ARISE
Sometimes, they aren’t costumes.
More nightmares brought to you by the authors of the young adult anthology Prom Dates to Die For…
Beware the Midnight Troll on your late-night stroll by Mari Hestekin. Swim at your own risk Under Loch and Cay by Jenny Peterson. A curse of spiders on campus means Arach War by Lena Brown. Through a Glass Darkly one could lose a soul by Heather Dearly. Supernatural Hunters turn to the sea in Mermania by Kelly Parra. Social media goes to the ghouls in Spectral Media by Aaron Smith.
Don’t miss this paranormal fun for tween, teens and adults!
Kelly Parra’s short story “Mermania” continues Teen Supernatural Hunters Jaz and Blake’s paranormal adventures. The duo debuted in “Darkness Becomes Him” in the young adult anthology PROM DATES TO DIE FOR as they battled a soul hungry dark angel. In SOMETHING WICKED a merman entrances Jaz and it’s up to her and Blake to rush against time before Jaz grows her own tail by the full moon!
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INTERVIEW with Kelly Parra
What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?
Kelly: Hi Lucienne, thanks for having me on your blog! Well, my writing process is very sporadic. I’m a spree writer. I write when I have moments free in the day between kid drop offs to school and an odd work schedule. I’m also a writer who has to feel the creative muse flowing in order to make progress. If I don’t, then I have to edit.
What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)
Kelly: The hardest part for me has always been finishing the book on deadline. You have to write even when you don’t feel the muse or something stressful is happening at home. When I first entered the publishing world about 6 years ago, I was stressed all the time. Worried I had to please everyone and I didn’t know how much stress can effect your life. Now, I’m a little more wiser, still learning, but I know how to shift priorties and to keep calm as they say!
We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?
Kelly: Jaz and Blake in “Mermania” are teen supernatural hunters. I’m going to say the three things they would need on a deserted island would be: each other, some sort of talisman to ward off the monsters, and probably a weapon.
If your story were a film, who would you cast?
Kelly: Jaz is tough on the outside and vulnerable in the inside. Blake is daring and smart. One of my favorite young actresses is Brit Robertson. And for Blake, maybe, Liam Hemsworth.