I’m delighted to have Carrie Jones, author of the NEED series, back for another round of interrogation. NEED is one of the first YA paranormal series that I picked up, and it showed me how scary pixies can be. I mean, really – pixies?! Yes, pixies! They are evil, and scary, and dangerous, and Carrie’s vision of pixies totally rocks out. I am sad that one of my favorite series has come to an end, but I am looking forward to future projects from Carrie. Let’s see what she has to say about Endure, the series finale for NEED.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Endure?
[Carrie Jones] Endure is about a group of friends trying to save the world from evil pixies who are trying to start the Norse version of an apocalypse.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?
[Carrie Jones] It was hard to let go. It’s the last book and I am terribly in love with all the characters – even the bad ones – so it was hard to stop writing, to stop revising, to let it go free. Hold on. I have to go get a tissue.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Zara?
[Carrie Jones] Kick-ass former pacifist
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Nick would never have in his pocket?
[Carrie Jones] Ha! That’s such a funny question.
Strudel – far too gooey
Dog whistle – far too annoying
Wolfsbane – far too lethal
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Zara’s single most prized possession?
[Carrie Jones] Her Amnesty International Membership pin. Woot! She may kill pixies, but she is still pro human rights.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Carrie Jones] I am heavily influenced by music, by Doctor Who (Should I admit that?), and I tend to troll around the woods where I live, which is by a national park. Oh… and eavesdropping. I am always always eavesdropping. Someone will eventually notice and beat me up I am sure.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Carrie Jones] My brain.
That’s really it. I will write anywhere on anything – even skin. My own skin! Do NOT imagine some horrible Hannibal Lechter scenario here.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Carrie Jones] I wear mismatched socks and they are hard to knock off, but…. Hm…. I loved Sherman Alexie’s FIRST INDIAN ON THE MOON, which I just reread. I think my socks pretty much fell off on their own accord during that one. They sort of slinked really.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Carrie Jones] I’ve been reading since I was two, so I don’t actually remember. I am so sorry! I feel like such a failure for not being able to answer this. I read all the time when I was little because we were poor and lived in the woods and didn’t have cable. So, I would read absolutely everything. I think the books that made me the happiest back then were A WRINKLE IN TIME and embarrassingly enough this book called ILLUSIONS, which was about a reluctant messiah and very New Agey. I think it was because those books both made me believe that there could be magic in science and math and every day life that I loved them so much.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Carrie Jones] I walk my dogs. A lot. And I kayak. And I cook. And then I imagine zombie invasions.
That sounds soooo boring, doesn’t it?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Carrie Jones] The best way is Facebook right now. I’ve maxed out on my friends but I’ve someone started an author page, so I’m trying to cross post. Or by commenting on my Livejournal. Or you can go to my website. Any of those. I am best at Facebook though. I babble too much for Twitter.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks!!
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