Friday, October 29, 2010

Crossroads Blog Tour Day 14: Judith Graves

Welcome to day 14 of The Crossroads Blog Tour! If you're not familiar with how the tour works, you can check out my kick off post here, and then be sure to visit The Crossroads Tour main page for a full list of participating authors and bloggers as well as details on prizes, giveaways, and collecting the mystery clues!

Today I'm thrilled to have Judith Graves on the blog! Not only is she a fabulous author, but she's also organized this entire fantastic tour, so a huge thank you to Judith and welcome to Supernatural Snark!

Eryn falls for the dark, brooding type in Under My Skin, did you have a similar crush when you were her age?

I did. I had a huge crush on Heathcliff from Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. In all the movie adaptations, I still swoon over Timothy Dalton in the 1970 version. Dare I say, Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder (Damon) shares some of the young Dalton’s features? Check out this clip:

It seems the grass is always greener on the other side – those characters with a life full of paranormal activity crave the “normal” existence, and those with a seemingly normal life often dream of something other. If both worlds existed, which would you want to be a part of, supernatural or everyday?

Very cool question and one I explore in my current work in progress, Witch’s Shadow. Beatrice is a young witch living in a pseudo-Salem town where Paranorms and Norms co-exist under an uneasy truce. Blending the world of magic and the world of man is challenging on numerous levels, and I love throwing these characters, with their different rules, prejudices, and expectations, together. I don’t think I could choose a side, both have value and are worthy of respect.

Do you find it harder to write the action scenes or the more tender, intimate moments?

Intimate moments, for sure. In my own life, I’m not a close talker. I avoid huggers and definitely have my “personal space.” For me, it’s far more challenging to write about EMOTION than pure MOTION.

When writing a love triangle, do you find yourself choosing one character over another, or do you remain impartial?

I do. But it’s always changing. When writing a scene with Alec, for example, I’m rooting for him all the way. Then when Wade enters the picture, I shift loyalties. No wonder Eryn is confused….lol…

Favorite werewolf tale (outside of Eryn’s)?

I’m currently enamoured with Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series, as well as Shannon Delany’s 13 to Life, and Secrets and Shadows…and there’s Kitty Keswick’s Freaksville and Furry & Freaked….sigh… There are so many to love!

Thank you so much Judith for taking the time to answer all my questions! The second book in the Skinned series, Second Skin, releases from Leap books in 2011 so be sure and keep an eye out for that one. The third book in the series will release in 2012. For more information on Judith and her books, you can find her here:


UNDER MY SKIN (from Goodreads)

All her parents wanted was for Eryn to live a normal life...

Redgrave had its share of monsters before Eryn moved to town. Mauled pets, missing children. The Delacroix family is taking the blame, but Eryn knows the truth. Something stalks the night. Wade, the police chief's son and Redgrave High's resident hottie, warns her the Delacroix are dangerous. But then so is Eryn--in fact, she's lethal.

But she can't help falling for one of the Delacroix boys, dark, brooding--human Alec. And then her world falls apart.

A normal life? Now that's the real fairytale.


  1. I feel I learned about the author from the insightful questions. And who doesn't love Damon!!!

  2. Brilliant interview! I've never heard of this book either! You're certainly introducing me to some new titles this week, Jenny :)

  3. Kristen - Thank you:)

    Cathy - I certainly love Damon!

    Melissa - Thanks so much, I'm glad you've enjoyed the tour and found some new books!

    Tori - Thanks:)

  4. I really like the interview and those covers are awesome. I do adore the cover of the book that's coming out! ;)

  5. Great interview! I have never heard of this series. I looking forward to reading it! Looks great!

  6. Ooh, I just recently featured this book trailer and have to say that I absolutely cannot wait to read this one. Will have to make a point to get this book asap. Fabulous questions and great interview Jenny!

  7. I loved Under My Skin.... it was a great read!

  8. Nina - Thanks so much!

    Savy - Hope you like them:)

    Tammy - I know I saw the trailer on your site and loved it!

    Chrystal - Glad you thought so, hope you like book 2 when it comes out!

  9. I cannot wait to read the Witch's Shadow book! I love witches, though I don't know that I want to write about them. Not sure why. Cannot wait to read UMS!