Book Interview on February 2011
Congratulations on your debut, Darynda! You must have been over the moon getting such high praise from authors like J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, and Kresley Cole on your very first published work. It was a great read!
Q: Please tell us about FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, your debut book, in your own words.
Wow, thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it. I was definitely thrilled to get such a positive response from some of my favorite authors on the planet. It was quite the fan-girl moment. Surreal doesn't begin to describe it.
FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT is about Charley Davidson, a female private investigator who was born the grim reaper. Since she was small, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross. In FIRST GRAVE, three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, and they come to Charley to find their killer. At the same time, she's dealing with a being she calls the Big Bad. He's more powerful, and definitely sexier, than any specter she's ever come across. With the help of some living and some not-so-living friends, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn't nearly as dangerous as falling in love.
Q: The story is told in the first person point of view from Charley Davidson. Why did you name her Charley Davidson? Let's face it, that's a pretty unusual name for a girl.
Okay, confession time. She was originally named Harley Davidson. Yeah, it was worth a shot. While I thought it was ultra cool, my editor thought it was, well, cheesy. Haha. So, Harley became Charley. I wanted a name that would reflect her not-so-girlish attitude toward life. While she likes designer shoes as much as the next girl, she definitely has tomboy side to her...
Darynda is giving away a signed hardback copy of FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT!
Mechanics of the contest:
You can do either or both of the following to enter the drawing:
1. Write a comment or question to Darynda in the comment box on the review site (3 chances to win) from now to February 28; [Click here to comment]
2. Check out our contest page from February 13 to 15 to enter your email address (1 chance to win). [Click here to enter]
The winner will be announced in the comment box and on this blog in March.
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