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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

FORMER DEBUT: Carrie Harris, Class of 2k11, and a GIVEAWAY!

I'm stoked to introduce you guys to this week's former debut, Carrie Harris!

And please stick around because there is a giveaway of Carrie's debut novel!

I adore Carrie's bio, so I'm going to put that first...

Bio: Carrie Harris is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. Brains are her specialty; she used to work in a lab where they were delivered daily by FedEx. After that, it seemed only natural to write a zombie book–BAD TASTE IN BOYS. Another Kate Grable adventure, BAD HAIR DAY, will be on the shelves in 2012, followed by the start of a new series, DEMON DERBY. Carrie lives in Michigan with her ninja-doctor husband and three monster-obsessed children. She is the president of the Class of 2k11, a marketing group for young adult and middle grade writers, and a repeat judge for the Cybils awards.


Name: Carrie Harris
Debut Group: Class of 2k11
Debut novel: BAD TASTE IN BOYS

 Hi, Carrie! Thanks for being here!

PJH: Okay, so it’s been a year since you graduated from your debut class. Personally, I miss the heck out of knowing what my classmates are up to. So give us the low-down. What have you been up to in the last year? New books? New degrees? New pets? What has been going on, and what do we have to look forward to from you in the future?

CH: Let’s see. In the past year, I got a new zombie penguin (her name is Cockeyed), and I finally started cleaning out my basement. (Notice that I didn’t FINISH cleaning out the basement. But I’ll take the progress.) I tried to phonetically learn the words to Amadeus by Falco and failed. And I sold two more books! BAD HAIR DAY, the second book in the Kate Grable series, comes out in November, and Demon Derby, which begins a new series, comes out on a mystery date after that. No, really. It’s a mystery to me too.

BAD HAIR DAY (Delacorte, November 13, 2012)

PJH: If you could summarize to a debut novelist the best part of being a member of an author group like the “Class of” groups, what would you say?

CH: Everyone always says the people, don’t they? Because the people are awesome, and it’s like having a writing family, and all of a sudden, it’s like you’re not alone with all your debut year neuroses. You end up with lifelong friends through a group like this. Those things are totally indispensible, but I bet everyone says that. So I’m going to say that the best part is the groupies.

PJH: Though I absolutely loved being a debut author, I’m really thrilled with all the experience I’ve gained since. What advice would you give to those who are debuting now? What do you wish you had known when you started out?

CH: I wish I would have realized that yes, marketing is important, but the most important element of marketing is to HAVE FUN. If you’re not having fun with a particular marketing bit, don’t do it! People respond to you when you’re real and genuinely interested in having a conversation with them, not when you’re posting the obligatory daily tweet about how they should buy your book. They also like it when you post pictures of your bad high school hairstyles. And I have SO MANY of them.

BAD TASTE IN BOYS (Delacorte, July 12, 2011)

PJH: In addition to writing the next mega-million bestselling novel, what do you want to accomplish in the next five years? Do you want to write five more books? Get your black belt in Kung Fu? Walk the Great Wall of China? Let’s hear it.

CH: I do want to write a book each year, and I’d love to branch out into other age groups. I’ve got a MG novel that I’m itching to pursue. I also plan to skate, even if it’s just once, with a roller derby team. I was going to call myself Concealed Carrie, which is supposed to be a firearm reference, except that I’m worried it makes me sound like a flasher. It doesn’t, does it? And if it does, is that bad?

PJH: Anything else you want to add? Five reasons to read your book? A picture of your writing space? How you celebrated when you signed your contract? Your choice!

CH: I write in a bathtub full of Cheetos.

Actually, I’m kidding. But now I’m thinking it might be worth trying. My favorite color is orange, and I like Cheetos. Aw, heck. Now I’m hungry.

PJH: Thank you so much for being here! And good luck with everything in the future!

CH: Thank you for having me! You are la awesome!


Thanks for helping me celebrate former debuts! And if you are a former debut and are interested in being featured, check out this post here!


And now for our giveaway! It's easy to win! Two things to note...

1) This giveaway is open until 12:01 am on July 28, 2012
2) Contest is US only!

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Good luck!


Steph said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book!!

Jessy said...

Yeah, your roller derby name does sound kinda sound like a flasher's name. Love the cheetos bathtub pic by the way. Why doesn't everyone just bathe in cheetos?