Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Drain You Blog Tour: Interview with M. Beth Bloom + Giveaway

Today I'm very excited to welcome author M. Beth Bloom to the blog to answer a few questions as part of the promotional tour for her young adult paranormal novel, Drain You. This promises to be a really fun tour, so be sure and visit MundieMoms and Hobbitsies for a full list of participating blogs and tour dates, and check out the bottom of this post for all the details on the giveaway!

If you could live in the world of any one vampire novel or movie, what world might it be and what do you find most fascinating/terrifying about it?

Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the film.  What I love about the movie is its humor and wit – that vampires aren’t being taken too seriously, aren’t being portrayed as emo or goth or romantic in any way.  But they also aren’t too gory or disturbing.  Vampires in that film simply represent the worst of high school – just another hurdle for a teenager to jump over – you know, make the cheer quad, find a date for prom, slay vampires, save the world.  It’s refreshing, really, for the heroine to be so casual and playful about the supernatural.  Buffy’s more annoyed by it than anything because she’d rather just go back to shopping and hanging out with her friends.

Let’s say Quinn was aware her experiences in Drain You were something anyone could pick up off a shelf and read. What do you think she would say to a reader who was just about to immerse themselves in her life?

“C’mon, you guys, I don’t have to be likable to be lovable.”

What is it about vampires and their various mythologies that you personally find most interesting?

I love the metaphorical vampire – the person in your life who wants to drain you, essentially, suck you dry.  We all know vampires: people who are needy and obsessive and want all of you.  I also love the idea of the sexy monster.  Zombies and werewolves and ghosts – none of them come across as seductive.  But the vampire is overt sexiness (killing you with a kiss, then bite, then suck).  Alluring and mesmerizing.  I love that with a vampire there’s always that question of manipulation – like, do I really love him or is he hypnotizing me? 

Classic stories are now being rewritten to include paranormal elements, thus putting a new spin on beloved tales. What one piece of fiction would you love to read with a little supernatural spice added to it?

To Kill A Mockingbird already feels like it’s full of ghosts, so why not rewrite it with ghosts?  I always wished Miss Havisham in Great Expectations was a witch who fed somehow off of Estella’s youth and prettiness, turning her mean and arrogant in the process.  And Gatsby could’ve very easily been a vampire. 

If Quinn could ask you one question about the creation of her character, what do you think she would most want to know?

What’s my problem!?

Quinn has a boring job that pays barely minimum wage. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Waitressing at the Hard Rock Café.  You feel like a character in an amusement park. You have to let the diners take pictures with you, you have to listen to the worst rock music for hours on end as it cycles through itself at least 3 times per shift, you smell like wet ketchup, you’re supposed to trick customers into paying for side items like avocado or mushrooms, the uniform is a white mini dress with white sneakers, and when it’s someone’s birthday you have to get on a chair and sing.  Bad, bad, bad.

If you had to come up with a new title for Drain You using only a song title or specific lyrics, what would you choose to best describe the story?

Well Drain You IS a song title, from Nirvana.  But if it couldn’t be that – then Evenflow by Pearl Jam.  I love those 90s grunge/vampire puns!

A huge thank you to M. Beth Bloom for taking the time to answer all my questions! You can find a little more information about her and her books below.

Bloom's first short story “Love And Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape” was featured in Story Quarterly and selected by Dave Eggers for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2003 (Houghton-Mifflin), which he curates annually. Bloom is the founder of underground dance label 100% Silk (profiled here in LA Weekly) AND the producer/lead singer of the band LA Vampires (written up in The Guardian as well as Pitchfork and Fader). Her next book will be published through HarperTeen.

M. Beth lives on the east side of L.A. where she indulges in raw fooding, magazine subscribing, thrift shopping, Sunday matinee'ing, and ladies book clubbing.

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This is an extraordinarily cool giveaway my friends. Not only are 5 signed copies of Drain You up for grabs, but you can also win a $50 credit to Wasteland (Quinn's favorite store), pages from Quinn's notebook (see a few here, here, and here at Hobbitsies), some handmade bookmarks and 10 90's mixtapes. AWESOME! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck everyone!

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Summer. The 90s. The rich, sun-bleached neighborhoods of the Los Angeles canyons. Enter Quinlan Lacey, a cool, bored, sarcastic, sexy 17-year old with a dull part-time video store job and a mild case of teen ennui. That is, until she meets the alluring, River Phoenix-esque James, and realizes the hills are alive with the undead. Inspired more by the early, dry L.A. short stories of Bret Easton Ellis than the current crop of serialized vampire fiction, the supernatural grunge romance, Drain You, narrates the headaches and heartbreaks Quinn undergoes in her quest to stay sane and cool and in love and alive.

Bloom debuts with a languid, stylish novel that reads like a love letter to cult vampire flicks like The Lost Boys, the work of Francesca Lia Block, and Southern California in the 1990s. - Publisher's Weekly



  1. I love the great expectations idea! That would be a good book

  2. I would totally like to live in the world of Buffy too! I used to love that show I feel like watching it all over again now that you've mentioned it! Drain you sounds like it has a fresh take on vampires, which I'm happy about! Thanks for sharing this interview with us Jenny! :)

    1. I wouldn't mind being Buffy for a little while, though I'd prefer the TV Buffy because then I'd get to be with Angel:)

  3. I remember reading this as an ARC, and i know that it made me laugh very much! A very funny vamp story that really made me enjoy my day! haha awesome interview!!
    Farah @ MajiBookshelf

    1. I love a book that can make me laugh:) I need those in between all the dark and drama-filled YA books!

  4. I loved Buffy and The Lost Boys for the exact same reason- humor, casual outlook at vamps; yet at the same time they had depth to the story. I haven't heard of this book til now, but it's definitely on my radar now. Thanks for the funny interview!

    1. I haven't seen The Lost Boys, can you believe it? I feel like that's what I need to spend this weekend watching!

  5. "I don’t have to be likable to be lovable."

    I love that! I think I might adopt it as my own personal catchphrase. ;) Great interview! Drain You has been sitting on my review pile for a while now so I'm looking forward to finally getting around to it.

    1. I really liked that line as well:) Can't wait to see what you think of this one Sam!

  6. I'm not really into vampire novels but I think I can agree that there's something definitely very alluring with them - the manipulation and all when they hunt a prey. Great interview, Jenny! I'd never heard of this book until now but I might check it out sometime, now that it reached my radar. :)

    1. Glad I could get it on your radar even if you don't like vamps!

  7. A vampire book set in the nineties? Sold! I love all,things 90's. Loved the post and a 90's mix tape? What a cool prize! I am trying to think if I even a tape player anymore! Ahh the days of mixed tapes.....

  8. Buffy! You had me at Buffy! I would live there too... well, until I was killed by some monster trying to take over the hell mouth. *sigh*

    Heh... those metaphorical vamps really don't resemble those in literature. Sadly...

    Great interview. And I saw that you... Jenny... haven't seen the Lost Boys. FOR SHAME!!! I don't know if I can hang with you anymore... *sniff*

    j/k You know I loves ya! <3!

  9. I was not intending to pick this book up, but I LOVED the answers Bloom gave to your questions, Jenny! I think her take on vampires and her spunky and creative answers to your excellent questions have definitely made me want to read more by her, so I'll have to check this one out for sure. Fantastic interview, dear! :)

  10. I love the idea of Miss Havisham as a witch...though it would detract from the tragic quality of her character! Great interview!

  11. I tried reading this book and it just wasn't my book. I'm not sure if it was my mood or the book. I love the post, it give me a much better insight on the story. I will have to try to pick it up soon.

  12. I adore the original Buffy movie! It's so funny and corny! While I loved the series, the movie just had that cheesy awesomeness that I love where vamps don't sparkle or seduce (well, except for the old dude at the end).

  13. I've seen mixed reviews for this one but I really liked the interview. Can you believe I've never watched an episode of Buffy considering I've heard how awesome it is?!

  14. Aaaaa, I feel bad that I haven't watched the whole Buffy TV show episodes! I've only watched a couple but of course, I ADORED BUFFY! I've only heard of Drain You recently and this sounds like a great book. OOO! To Kill a Mockingbird with a touch of supernatural? That would be awesome!

    Fantastic interview, Jenny ♥ Thank you for sharing it with us!

  15. I enjoyed this book! I especially enjoyed the nineties references though. And Nirvana, LOVE. Such fantastic and pefect answers!
    Great questions Jenny!

  16. That is a super neat giveaway! Good Luck everyone! :)

  17. I loved Buffy along with the Forgotten Boys for the exact exact same reason- humor, casual outlook at just vamps; but simultaneously the couple had level to the story. I haven't read about the journey til today, but it's undoubtedly on my radar now. Thanks for the funny interview!

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