Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Interview With Lucienne Diver

Lucienne Diver is not just a super agent with the Knight Literary Agency, she's also a YA author. Her new book, Vamped, just came out! And one lucky commenter is going to win a copy!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…okay, it was Baltimore, Maryland. We moved to NY when I was five, and that’s where I grew up, reading anything I could get my hands on: science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance. Not much has changed, except now I do it for profit as well as fun. I love agenting and writing, mostly because it makes me a part of the rarified world of publishing, which is ever challenging and never dull!

2. How did you get the inspiration for Vamped?
One day Gina (my heroine) just started speaking in my head. It was either see a shrink or give her a story. It was just supposed to be a short one, a vignette, really, but she wanted more. My writers group wanted more. This was the same writers group that was sometimes known to whap me over the head with rolled up manuscripts (you know who you are), so I knew they weren’t just being nice. So I gave Gina a novel. Now she wants a series. Beware newly minted vampire fashionistas…they’re out for blood!

3. What authors do you read?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Janet Evanovich, Laurell K. Hamilton, Aaron Elkins, Mary Stewart, and my own wonderful authors: Rachel Caine, Marjorie M. Liu, Rosemary Clement-Moore, David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Susan Krinard, Diana Pharaoh Francis…. I could go on!

4. Who is your favorite character?
Ever? Wow, that’s tough. I’ve fallen in love with so many characters: Melanie Rawn’s Rohan from The Dragon Prince series, Lynn Flewelling’s Seregil, Carol Berg’s Seyonne, The Scarlet Pimpernel and, of course, the unattainable Sherlock Holmes.

5. What five things are always in your purse?
My wallet (hopefully!), a pen, something to write on (whether it be a notepad, an envelope or the back of my bank book, business cards and lint.

6. What music are you currently listening to?
I can’t listen to music and think enough to answer interview questions at the same time. I have this tendency to give whatever I’m doing my full attention and not work well with distractions. I was way better about that in college, where I could listen to music, watch tv, do homework and chew gum all at the same time.

7. Tell us about your pets?
We have two gerbils we won in a raffle that my son has named Charcoal and Smoky. Very descriptive. I can’t look at them without thinking of Stephanie Plum’s hamster Rex and wanting to give them a raisin. I think I’ll try it and see what they think.

8. One item of makeup you can't live without.
Powder. I like to be shiny in the Joss Whedon’s Firefly way only.

9. First thing you drink in the morning.

10. Best/worst prom/high school memory.
My best friend Liz and I double dated to our junior prom. My date drove. Now, you know all about my notorious sense of direction…or rather lack thereof. Well, the after-prom party was at my place. Guess which was the only car not to find our way? You guessed it. First, we started out the wrong way on a one-way street. After we pulled an illegal U-Turn and hyperventilated for a few minutes, we got going in the right direction…or so we thought. We ended up almost in New Jersey. By the time we made it to my place, my friends had rung the bell and thrown rocks at the house to wake my folks and then fallen asleep on our sofas waiting for us. I’m the hostess with the mostess, yes I am. I now let my husband give the directions, which is why I still have friends.

11. If you could go back in time and talk to the teenage you, what would you tell her?
Lord, I’d tell her to stop hiding the body I had then in big, bulky shirts. I look at the pictures of the old me now and wondered why I didn’t flaunt it when I had it! I’d also show her where a waist is supposed to be (i.e. not above the navel)!

12. What are you working on next?
I’m really excited about the middle grade idea I’m working on now from the point of view of a latchkey kid in New York City who gets embroiled in some strange and interesting things.


  1. Great interview. Congrats on Vamped Lucienne!

  2. GREAT interview, and congrats on the release, Lucienne!! Thanks so much for visiting our blog. :D

  3. Wonderful interview, thanks!

  4. So great to hear from you again, Lucienne. Can you tell us a little bit more about VAMPED?

  5. Looks like a fun read :)

  6. Great interview. I'll be watching for the book - I think I need to get at least one copy, just based on the personality of the author.

  7. Anonymous11:10 AM

    Great concept for a book. I'm looking forward to reading it... I'll even share with my teen. : ) Congratulations, Lucienne.

  8. Great interview! Love the cover!

  9. That cover is fantastic! Congratulations on your release, Lucienne.

  10. How awesome to get to know you a little better. I think my daughter (and me) would love to read Vamped. So looking forward to seeing you at the Romance Divas YA Workshaop at the end of May!

  11. Welcome to Fictionistas! I hope you'll visit us again.

  12. Loved the cute questions and even cuter answers! Also, in case I didn't already think you were awesome, Lucienne, it was confirmed by our mutual adoration for the Scarlet Pimpernel. Oh, Percy!

  13. Hey, all! Thanks so much for the great comments! Louisa, if you read fantasy, you just have to check out Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner books and Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince novels. Definitely echos of the Scarlet Pimpernel!

  14. Amanda Brice12:09 PM

    Great interview, Lucienne!

  15. Sign me up. I'd love to read Vamped.

  16. Anonymous12:16 PM

    I love the hamster story!

    Jillian Clemmons

  17. Looking forward to reading it, Lucienne!

  18. Yay Lucienne! Your prom party story cracked me up. That is priceless!

  19. Hello, Soul-Mate! Your sense of direction is just like mine. I was being driven home from college after an operation on my little toe and I got us lost on a one-way street six miles from my house! I actually called my mom and asked how to get there. *blush*
    Dianne Murray

  20. Great, Interview, Lucienne! Hope the release went great!

    One thing I love/hate about my characters is their friends always want stories, and I'm usually stuck wanting/needing to write their books, too.

    And your prom story is much better than my no-prom-prom story, LOL.

    Congrats again and the best of luck!

  21. Nice interview & great-sounding book! Congrats on the launch and I'll be on the lookout for fashionistas in my local bookstore.

  22. Lee R, Thanks for asking! Here's what I came up with for my press release:

    From “Valley Vamp Rules for Surviving Your Senior Prom” by fashionista Gina Covello

    1) Do not get so loaded at the after prom party that you accidentally-on-purpose end up in the broom closet with the surprise hottie of the evening, say the class chess champ who’s somewhere lost his bottle-cap lenses and undergone an extreme makeover, especially if that makeover has anything to do with becoming one of the undead.

    Gina Covello has a problem. Waking up a dead is just the beginning.

    There's very little she can't put up with for the sake of eternal youth and beauty. Blood-sucking and pointy stick phobias seem a small price to pay. But she draws the line when local vampire vixen Mellisande gets designs on her hot new boyfriend with his prophecied powers and hatches a plot to turn all of Gina’s fellow students into an undead army to be used to overthrow the vampire council.

    Hey, if anyone's going to create an undead entourage, it should be Gina! Now she must unselfishly save her classmates from fashion disaster and her own fanged fate.

  23. What a fun interview! Add me to the list of folks who think the Scarlet Pimpernel is hot, BTW. :-) (As well as the list of folks who aren't great at multitasking.)

  24. Great interview! I too, am horrible with directions. It's so embarrassing. I get lost really easy.
    And I love Sherlock Holmes! I've got three books of different stories and I tried to find more but couldn't.
    Congrats on your book!

  25. Linda Covella2:06 PM

    Thanks for the interview. That cover is hilarious. Good luck w/ the book!

  26. I am sooo picking this up today.

    WONDERFUL interview!!

  27. Jessica, Dianne, I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one directionally challenged!

  28. Vamped sounds awesome, Lucienne;) Congrats and much success!

  29. Sounds great! I love finding out about new YA novels. :)

  30. Congrat's on Vamped. I love the cover.

  31. Anonymous9:19 PM

    Can't wait to read your new book. I love, love, love the cover! Congrats

  32. I didn't pick it up last weekend on my spree but after reading this interview I just might on the next one - unless of course I win it! :-)

  33. Great interview. Congrats on the release of Vamped...I am really looking forward to reading it. Oh, the things we would tell our younger selves. I look back at some of my high school photos and think what the heck was I thinking?

  34. Lori T - I might have a word with myself about big hair and parachute pants as well!

  35. This book sounds really fun, and I definitely like her list of favorite characters (and the use of shiny)!