Catherine Jinks is a well known Aussie author, and has just released a YA book about vampires, werewolves and a handy support group. Thank you very much to Catherine for answering my questions!
Can you tell us a bit about your writing career so far?
During the past 20 years, I've published close to 40 books in all kinds of genres and for every age group - though I'm best known for my young adult novels. I tend to write a lot of historical and science fiction.
How did you come up with the brilliant idea of a reformed vampire support group?
I can't remember the exact moment, but I think it was a natural progression from the image that popped into my head of a bunch of slacker vampires, drearily watching television and complaining about their health.
I liked all the new vampire mythology in Reformed Vampires, especially the guinea pigs as food. Did you feel like your book needed fresh ideas to set it apart from the slew of other YA vampire fiction?
Almost the first thing I did, before starting the novel, was to check that it hadn't been done this way before. To write a vampire book with any impact, you need to have a fresh variation on the theme, because you could almost say it's been done to death. I'm also a person who likes to overturn stereotypes, simply because I don't like them. Overturning the vampire stereotype was another way of drawing attention to all the other stereotypes in the world.
Who is your favourite Reformed Vampires character? (I like Bridget!)
Tricky question: I think Horace was the most fun to write, but I'm also very fond of Nina's mother, Estelle.
Which of your Reformed Vampires book covers do you prefer: US or UK?
There's also an Australian cover! To be honest, I do like them all - and I'm not just saying that. But as for my favourite one... I'm not about to make any of my publishers cross, so I'm afraid I can't answer that question!
From the mention in the book, I'm guessing you might be a fan of Buffy. Are you a big fan of vampires in general?
You know what? I can't say I am - probably because vampires are so often portrayed as powerful and sexy. I'm not much interested in the powerful and the sexy. Clever weaklings and twisted losers are the people who interest me. I don't mind vampires like the little girl in Let the Right One In, but even she could climb walls and bring down adults twice her size.
If you had to choose, would you rather become a vampire or a werewolf?
Oh, a werewolf. Definitely. At least a werewolf has a reasonably normal life most of the time. In fact, in some European folklore werewolves can even choose when they want to be wolves.
Do you have any plans to write a sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group?
Yes, I'm writing one now - it's called The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group.
What's next on your writing agenda?
Catherine's site: Catherine Jinks.com
UK publisher's site: Quercus
My review: The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks