Friday, October 17, 2014

Writing The Book From A Child's Perspective - 'Little Dead Riding Hood' by Bethanie Borst

As promised we're back with round two! This time we've got Bethanie's side of the story. But first a little about our book, LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD!


You know things are going to suck when you’re the new kid. But when you’re the new kid and a vampire… well, it bites!
 
Unlike most kids, Scarlet Small’s problems go far beyond just trying to fit in. She would settle for a normal life, but being twelve years old for an entire century is a real pain in the neck. Plus, her appetite for security guards, house pets and bloody toms (tomato juice) is out of control. So in order to keep their vampire-secret, her parents, Mort and Drac, resort to moving for the hundredth time, despite Scarlet being dead-set against it. Things couldn’t be worse at her new school, either. Not only does she have a strange skeleton-girl as a classmate, but a smelly werewolf is intent on revealing her secret. When she meets Granny—who fills her with cookies, goodies, and treats, and seems to understand her more than anyone—she’s sure things will be different. But with a fork-stabbing incident, a cherry pie massacre, and a town full of crazy people, Scarlet’s O-positive she’ll never live to see another undead day.
 
Not even her Vampire Rule Book can save her from the mess she’s in. Why can’t she ever just follow the rules?

Add Little Dead Riding Hood to your Goodreads to-read list here Purchase LDRH at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite Indie bookstore!
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Why do you write? I write because my mom told me to. "You came up with this idea when you were 9 years old and now you're dedicated to it!" Which is kind of true. Yeah. I guess.

Why do you write humor? Humor is the easiest thing to write. It's not some lame, stupid, love-sick story.

Where do you get your inspiration? My inspiration comes from real-life events and my incredible weird dreams.

How is it to work as a team? It's good because if I don't want to write my mom can do it for me.
About us:
Amie Borst is a PAL member of SCBWI. She believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate. 
Bethanie Borst is a spunky 14 year old who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. She was only 9 when she came up with the idea for Cinderskella!
Little Dead Riding Hood is their second book in the Scarily Ever Laughter series. Their first book, Cinderskella, released in October 2013.
You can find them on facebook. Amie can be found on twitter, pinterest, and her blog

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We're having two great giveaways as part of our blog tour! The first is for a copy of LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD! So be sure to enter the giveaway by following the steps on the rafflecopter form below.

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THEN - as soon as you finish that, be sure to stop by my blog for a second contest! I'm having a SCAVENGER HUNT that you won't want to miss with lots of extra great prizes! All you have to do is make sure you enter the contest below first then hopping over to my blog and filling out the rafflecopter form there! Super easy! Here's the rafflecopter form for my blog just in case you missed it!   

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See you soon! 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

From Bones To Vampires - Little Dead Riding Hood by Amie and Bethanie Borst

Today, I am pleased to welcome Amie Borst, co-author of CINDERSKELLA and the soon-to-be-released LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD, the first two books in the Scarily Ever Laughter series.


Hi Ann Marie! Thanks for having us here today on your blog. I'm so excited about the upcoming release of my second book, co-authored by my daughter, Bethanie. LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD is available Tuesday, October 14th, 2014!


You know things are going to suck when you’re the new kid. But when you’re the new kid and a vampire… well, it bites!

Unlike most kids, Scarlet Small’s problems go far beyond just trying to fit in. She would settle for a normal life, but being twelve years old for an entire century is a real pain in the neck. Plus, her appetite for security guards, house pets and bloody toms (tomato juice) is out of control. So in order to keep their vampire-secret, her parents, Mort and Drac, resort to moving for the hundredth time, despite Scarlet being dead-set against it. Things couldn’t be worse at her new school, either. Not only does she have a strange skeleton-girl as a classmate, but a smelly werewolf is intent on revealing her secret. When she meets Granny—who fills her with cookies, goodies, and treats, and seems to understand her more than anyone—she’s sure things will be different. But with a fork-stabbing incident, a cherry pie massacre, and a town full of crazy people, Scarlet’s O-positive she’ll never live to see another undead day.

Not even her Vampire Rule Book can save her from the mess she’s in. Why can’t she ever just follow the rules?

Add Little Dead Riding Hood to your Goodreads to-read list here Purchase LDRH at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite Indie bookstore!
We thought it would be fun to do something a little different here on Ann Marie's blog. So today's post is the first of a two part series. Since there are two sides to every story, we wanted to give our readers just that! Consider it a he said/she said sort of thing. We have each given our answers for a few commonly asked questions. Today is Amie's side.
Why do you write?  One of the things I love most about writing is how freeing it is. It allows me an opportunity to release emotions, stress, and express myself when I might not otherwise be able to do so.
Why do you write humor?  I've always loved darker stories (I was pretty obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe as a teen. Was? Pft. Still am!) but with all the obligations and stress of parenting (and life in general), I've found the best way to deal with it is to laugh. So that's one of the reasons I enjoy writing funny stories. Life is filled with enough strife. We all need time to decompress. There's no better stress relief than laughter!
Where do you get your inspiration? I've found that inspiration can come from the most unexpected, and sometimes mundane, things. Something as small as the rustle of fall leaves as the wind pushes them along the pavement. The smell of cotton candy at my local county fair. The way my daughter laughs and brushes a strand of hair out of her eyes. The sound of waves crashing against the shore. They're all inspiration. Sometimes dreams -the odd, unexplained dreams- are the best for creating stories. Inside jokes, family time, and happenstance are also some of my greatest moments of inspiration.
How is it to work as a team? We're asked this question the most, I think. Perhaps people are enamored by the idea of a mother/daughter team, or maybe they just don't get along with their own children and can't believe we don't tear each other's eyes out! I don't know why people ask this question the most but I do know that I love writing with Bethanie. She's creative, hard-working, insightful, and funny.  I don't think we've ever fought during our writing sessions. If anything, I have a hard time accepting that as a child, Bethanie's usually right when it comes to our stories. That's when I take a break, mull over her ideas, then say the dreaded words, "You were right." To which she replies, "I told you so."
Thanks for having letting me chat with your audience today, Ann Marie. Stay tuned for Bethanie's side of the story next week, on Friday, October 17th! In the meantime, be sure to enter the giveaway by following the steps on the rafflecopter form below. 
About us:
Amie Borst is a PAL member of SCBWI. She believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate. 
Bethanie Borst is a spunky 14 year old who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. She was only 9 when she came up with the idea for Cinderskella!
Little Dead Riding Hood is their second book in the Scarily Ever Laughter series. Their first book, Cinderskella, released in October 2013.
You can find them on facebook. Amie can be found on twitter, pinterest, and her blog