Daniel Waters, bestselling author of the Generation Dead series, is here today for an interview and a giveaway of his new book.
Look out below for details and make sure to check out the excerpt of the book!
Can you tell us a little bit about Break My Heart 1,000 Times?
Break My Heart 1,000 Times imagines a world where ghosts have become commonplace after the Event, a terrible occurrence that erased the lives of millions of people in an instant in a major American city. Most of these ghosts repeat mundane tasks from their former lives, but one ghost develops a particular interest in Veronica, a vivacious, strong-willed teen trying to cope with loss and with the ghosts all around her. There's a living person who develops an interest in her as well, because he believes he can resurrect the ghost of someone close to him by killing her. It is a very scary book.
Why did you decide to write about ghosts?
I've wanted to write a ghost story for as long as I've been writing. Ghosts can be terrifying, but they also can bring an odd sense of reassurance, because they speak to the existence of at least some sort of afterlife. I wanted to write some terrifying ghosts, and I also wanted to both provide and undermine that reassurance in a way that might make them even scarier. I wanted the reader to having the experience of living in a world of ghosts; even if ghosts were commonplace I think we would be constantly on edge, never knowing which "type" of ghost we would get.
I was also writing about loss, and I don't know that there is any better supernatural entity to use when writing about loss than ghosts.
Can you give us three words you use to describe the Event?
Devastating, horrific, sudden.
Can you share four traits for Veronica, the main character in Break My Heart 1,000 Times?
She confident, resilient, brave and self-possessed
If you wake up tomorrow and the Event has taken place, what would be the first thing you would do?
Hug my family.
I read on your blog that Break My Heart 1,000 Times is being adapted to become a movie! That's so exciting! Can you share a little more about this news?
Jason Fuchs, whose most recent script to hit theaters was that for Ice Age Four, wrote the script and I loved it. Lee Sternthal and Brian Klugman, whose first movie was this Fall's The Words, which I also loved, have signed on as the directors, and the movie is being produced by Paul Brooks at Gold Circle, whose film Pitch Perfect has just hit theaters and has gotten a very strong buzz. So in short, I feel there is a fantastic team assembled around the film and I can't wait to see who is cast for it.
Have you ever "deleted" a scene from one of your books and then wished you'd kept it?
I've deleted many scenes, but I don't usually regret deleting them from the books I delete them from. Scenes, characters, entire plot points get pared away, but I do keep them all and sometimes they show up elsewhere in altered forms. Parts of the story (no pun intended) of the story "Doll Parts" in my Gen Dead short story collection Stitches were cut from an early manuscript of Passing Strange, for example.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That's like picking my favorite kid. Most days it is Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace but there are other contenders.
Can you tell us weird or random facts about yourself that readers may not know about you?
There is no truth to the base accusation that I practice the subtle art of necromancy; that is just a vile rumor propagated by a certain group of hidebound, small minded individuals. Oh, how they will pay.
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Publication: 10.16.2012 by Hyperion Book CH
Summary: Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that the ghosts would just move on. Instead, the ghosts aren't disappearing--they're gaining power.
When Veronica and her friend, Kirk, decide to investigate why, they stumble upon a more sinister plot than they ever could have imagined. One of Veronica's high school teachers is crippled by the fact that his dead daughter has never returned as a ghost, and he's haunted by the possibility that she's waiting to reappear within a fresh body. Veronica seems like the perfect host. And even if he's wrong, what's the harm in creating one more ghost?
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