I write a lot of reviews on Amazon. I’m opinionated, so I might as well share what I think. Plus, I get feedback that my reviews are helpful and interesting. And, I get requests from authors and publicists asking if I’ll read and review their book. Normally, I say no. I just don’t have time.
But when Katie Reiter and David Fumarola sent me an email in March asking if I’d like an e-copy of their debut novel, Skankenstein, I said yes, because the description (below the Questions) and cover (left) intrigued me. (And I find myself really enjoying YA books these days, more so than ‘adult’. I’m not sure why.) (And no, I still haven’t read Skankenstein, but I will, and soon!) (Hopefully!)
When they sent me an email last month asking if I’d let my readers know about a free giveaway of the kindle edition, Friday, May 17 to Tuesday, May 21 (2013), I said sure! And asked if they’d answer The Questions. They said sure! Today, you’ll meet Katie, and tomorrow (in a double feature!), you’ll get to meet David.
3. If you could trade places with anyone for a week, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would trade places with Kristen Bell for a week so that everything I said sounded like a brilliant voice over. I’d walk around saying things like “Hello fellow grocery shoppers, while you carelessly push your carts up and down the aisles, none of you notice the stealthy blonde snatching the last of the hummus on sale.”
(dSavannah note: Ha! That’s funny and creative!)
11. What three items will always be found in your refrigerator?
Diet Coke, BBQ Sauce, and Cheddar Cheese
17. What is your biggest regret?
Missing my audition for Even Stevens.
(dSavannah note: Now that’s a story I wish you’d shared more of! I’m intrigued!)
22. Would you rather be lost in the forest, the desert, the ocean, or deep space?
The forest – I like being alone with nature so I can relax and create with nothing to disturb me but the woodland creatures and forest gnomes.
27. What five words best describe you?
Observant, Sarcastic, Intelligent, Neurotic, Fun
28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?
Wonder Woman because she clearly loves the US of A. Lara Croft is British, right?
35. Tell me one random fact about you that not a lot of people know.
I’ve actually traveled to the future, but I can’t talk about it – butterfly effect and all.
(dSavannah note: Hmmmm… interesting!)
Skankenstein is a dark comedy for teens. In Skankenstein, the prettiest faces hide the ugliest intentions.
High School Senior Victoria Frank is the picture of teen perfection – she’s talented, witty, and ruthless – but being queen of tiny Geneva, NY isn’t enough. Tired of merely designing the perfect outfit, she sets out to design the perfect person. But when she turns a mysterious charity case into the school’s newest knockout, Victoria finds herself pitted in a cat fight to the death where kid sisters, boyfriends and tiaras are all fair game. Now she must sketch the most important design of her life – one that will save her family and friends from her dangerous creation – all while trying to graduate high school – alive. Skankensteinturns Mary Shelley’s classic on its head, as the natural austerity of Switzerland morphs into the Darwinian pecking order of Geneva High, where a tarnished reputation only seems like a fate worse than death.
About the writing of Skankenstein:
dSavannah note: In creating these posts, I told Katie “if you could share how you came to write this book together, that would be great!” She shared this with me and thus you, my lovely readers:
Well, we began writing together on Thanksgiving Day 2009. We were discussing current trends in YA literature and realized we had our own stories to tell. That day turned into a brainstorming session and that week we produced about 40 pages. As they say, the rest is pretty much history. The biggest advantage to working together is that we can motivate each other. As time went on our writing styles became more similar. There are actually passages that we can’t recall who wrote them. Our minds have become synchronized. Now, an idea isn’t an idea until we’ve discussed it together.
As for this particular idea, it literally struck us like lightning. We had been tossing around possible concepts. We wanted to adapt something that hadn’t been overdone for the teen market and Frankenstein just smacked us over the head one night. After that it took us some time to figure out exactly how we were going to adapt it, but we knew we wanted it centered around teenage girls.
Katie Reiter enjoys writing in her spare time, as well as cheap wine, teen drama and hipster safaris. She and David Fumarola met as teenagers interning at the Albany Times Union and have been writing together since 2009. Skankenstein is their debut novel.
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