Thursday, February 26, 2015

Meet Meg from 'Senior Year Bites (The Clanless #1)' by J.A. Campbell

Meg, welcome to Andi's YA Books! First of all, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I’m a senior at Banks high school. I like math and I secretly dream of being a hero like my dad. Oh yeah, and minor detail… I’m a vampire. 

Once you got used to the idea, what became your favorite part of being a vampire? Your least favorite?
Hmm, I’m not sure I’ll ever really be used to the idea, but I have to say the super strength is really fun. The least favorite part? When I’m thinking about it, drinking blood. Of course when the vampire part of me takes over, drinking blood is my favorite thing. How gross is that?

How hard was it to keep your change from others?

Hahahaha, I failed. So really hard. I only managed to keep it from my two best friends, Steph and Ann, for a short time. I didn’t manage to keep it from the guys for very long either. Alexander already knew – arrogant bastard. 

For those who learned about you becoming a vampire, who do you think took it the best? The worst?

Steph took it the best. She’s all about this super hero idea. Ann took it the worst, and I’m still not sure why.
Is there anything you regret?
Yeah, a lot of things. Not getting to say goodbye to my dad properly before he died is a big one. That happened when I was much younger though, so it’s a distant ache. I regret spending the night in a graveyard. 

If you could change the past- what would you change?

Truth or dare… just take the bloody Truth! Who cares if you have a crush on a boy? Admitting it is better than getting turned into a vampire.

Do you have any advice for those newly turned?

Don’t let yourself get hungry. You don’t have to kill people to feed, but if you let yourself get too hungry, you lose control. Who knows what you’d do then?

What are your plans for the future?

Um, future? I’m not sure I have one. Lurking in the dark maybe? I’m still too shocked to have plans, but I know Steph does. She’s working on something and I’m sure she’ll drag me along for the ride.

Thanks for stopping by and giving us some time today! Now about your book... 

Senior Year Bites (The Clanless #1)

Release Date: 07/07/14
Untold Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Senior year is supposed to be fun: boys, dances and graduation. It’s significantly harder to enjoy it when you’re dead.

Thanks to an innocent game of Truth or Dare, I wound up sleeping in a graveyard. Probably not the brightest thing I’ve ever done, but thanks to a couple of well-placed fangs, I’m here to tell the tale.

Vampires might stalk pop culture, but they’re just myths, right? Yeah. Not so much…

Everything seems a lot more difficult when you’re a nocturnal creature of the night, especially school. I was managing, but couldn’t keep it hidden from my friends. Steph decided that we should be cool, like superheroes, and fight crime.

I’m a vampire, not a hero. Living in a sleepy New England town, crime is a little harder to come by. At least it is until a serial killer moves into the area. He’s got the authorities stumped, but then again, the cops don’t have a teenage, blood-sucking, non-hero on their team. It doesn’t take long for me to discover the world is full of monsters. I may be one of them…but will I turn out to be the hero, or the killer everyone is looking for.

Read an excerpt:
"New recruit?" Gary asked when he looked at John. 
"No," I said too quickly, ignoring the questioning look from John. "This is my brother, John. He's on leave from the army. He didn't tell me he was coming home, so he could surprise me." I finished my rapid explanation in a rush. 
"New recruit to what?" Suspicion colored John's voice. 
"Supernatural studies club," Tad said. "You're welcome to join, of course." John's mouth gaped for a second before he snapped it shut. "Is that like studying witchcraft or something?" 
"" Gary sounded genuinely confused. "Well, I mean, witches are supernatural, so we might study them. History." He reached into Tad's backpack, glancing down for a moment before pulling a book out and sliding it across the table. Werewolves Through Time wasn't quite an accepted school textbook, but it had to be better than a witchcraft book. 
"I see." John still sounded a little confused, but the spike of worry that had momentarily overwhelmed my nose subsided. "What gave you this idea?" 
"Weird shit." Gage was nothing, if not eloquent. 
Steph rolled her eyes. "We met at the library, of all places, and got talking. I dragged Meg and Ann in." 
John seemed completely relieved, as if Steph would never lie to him. 
"Excuse me. I have to use the restroom. Order my normal if they come by while I'm gone." Steph left the table. 
I suspected she left so she could text Ann our new story. 
"Oh, so, John, this is Gary and Tad. Sorry, I forgot." 
"No problem." 
Now that we had our "story" worked out, I was grateful that Gary, Tad, and Gage were there. With them around, John wouldn't bring up me sneaking out, if he did know. And with John there, they wouldn't be able to bring up this morning's incident. 
Whatever creature had killed the girl had made a mess, unlike the other murders. And it had very obviously been targeting my victim, because there were plenty of people out on campus who would have been easier to get to. What the hell? 
The waiter arrived, and I started to decline before I remembered John would think that was really strange. I had to order a burger and a shake, along with food for Steph, and we managed to make small talk until she returned a short time later.

"Well, don't let me interrupt your meeting. Feel free to carry on," John said.

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About the Author

Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult Tales of the Travelers fantasy series. She's the editor for Steampunk Trails and a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers Association.

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