Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Author Interview: Beth Fantaskey

Beth Fantaskey is the debut author of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, which is all about vampires, royalty and Romania. Here she talks about being published, her next novel, and one of my favourite topics: vampires.


How long was your publication process?

The writing process was quick – the story just kind of came bursting out – but the publication process was l-o-o-o-ng. The manuscript sold in 2006, and the book just came out this February. I understand that’s considered a pretty long production period. But I was happy with the process. A lot of care went into making the final product. I hope it shows!

Why did you choose to write about the undead? Are you a vampire fan in general?

I was not a vampire fan – although I am now! I chose to write a vampire tale because I wanted Jess’s birth parents to be something completely extraordinary. She’s a level-headed girl, so I had to make sure the revelation about her biological parents – and by extension the boy she is promised to marry – completely rocked her rational world. Plus, let’s face it… even though I wasn’t really into vampires at the time, everybody knows that they have a certain intriguing appeal!

Where did the idea for Lucius come from? Is he based on any other vampire characters?

Lucius sprang to life the moment I started writing his first letter home. He is based on no one – not even anyone I know. I swear, it was like he walked into my office and started dictating his letters to me. Which seems like something Lucius would do – assume that he had a secretary.

Did you have any input into the cover design, and are you happy with it?

I remember asking that the cover be dark, to offset the sort of whimsical title, because the book is a mix of light and dark. Beyond that, it’s the creation of a very talented Harcourt artist. When I saw it, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was, and how it captured the mood of the story. I’ve had people e-mail, wishing that they could find Jess’s dress in a store. And I love the hint of Lucius’s fangs. I think it’s just perfect.

Do you have any plans to write a sequel to Jessica's Guide?

Nothing definite at this point, although I’m getting a lot of requests, which is really nice. I’m honestly not sure…

Can you tell us anything about your next book, Jekel Loves Hyde?

It’s a different kind of twist on the paranormal. Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde are two high school students who gradually discover that they share a mysterious, possibly dangerous, connection to the old novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As they race against the clock to figure out the puzzle, they start to fall for each other – which is probably the worst thing that could happen to them… That’s probably enough!


Thanks, Beth! For more info on Beth and her books, visit her official site. You can also read my Jessica's Guide review here. Oh, and check back tomorrow for Beth's guest blog!


Adele said...

Oooh I didn't realise the book was bought back in 2006. That seems like a long time but I am so glad it's come out. Will definitely be checking out the guest blog tomorrow!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really want to read this, I like the sound of Lucius!

Fantastic Book Review said...

I think I'm going to give this book a try. Oh!You have an award on my blog.

H said...

That seems like a really long publishing process. The cover is worth it though!

robin_titan said...

beth fantaskey, please don't have a sequel!! that might ruin the book! don't get me wrong i absolutely fell in love with everything about jessica's guide to dating on the dark side, but usually when there are sequels...they are just not necessary Example: stargirl, freaking amazing!! the sequel, love stargirl--NOT necessary and NOT amazing. i would still LOVE to read more of your writing though :D

Chicklish said...

Great interview - thanks!

Bookgeek said...

great interview. I really enjoyed this title. Can't wait for Jekel loves Hyde. Oh, and I also hope there won't be a sequel. Not every story arc has to be a trilogy.

Anonymous said...

Lot's of people are comparing Jessica's Guide to Twilight, but I think Jessica's Guide is WAY better! It is now my favorite romance book, and I can't wait to read her new book!

Anonymous said...

Plus, I hope there isn't a sequel either, that would probably ruin it!

Anonymous said...

It was ok but i thought the book could have been longer maybe a sequel

Anonymous said...

Jekel Loves Hyde was just as good as Jessicas Guise to Dating on The Dark Side. They are one of my favourite books ever. I LOVE THEM!