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Friday, November 4, 2011

AAD Author Spotlight: Lia Habel!

I'm super excited to present the first of my 30 Author Spotlights leading up to Authors After Dark 2012!  Each Friday (except December, when we're all about the indie madness) between now and July, I'll be featuring a different author who will be attending AAD2012 to find out more about current projects, future projects, tips and tricks for the convention, and other good stuff!  It's going to be a good time so be sure to keep checking back!

Without further ado, the first author to be spotlighted here at What Book is That? is none other than Lia Habel, author of Dearly, Departed!

The Five Question Quiz:
1. Introduce yourself, Twitter style! Describe yourself or your books in 140 characters or less.

The author - monster lover, sugar fiend, clockwork girl, one-time Archduchess, and cyber-Victorian - writes about the loving dead, action.

2. Tell us a little bit about your latest release, or your upcoming projects if you'd prefer.

My very first book ever, DEARLY, DEPARTED just debuted! Right now I'm working on the sequel, DEARLY, BELOVED. It's been such a wild ride so far, and I'm hoping to write yet more books set in the futuristic steampunk meets living dead world of Dearly. I'm also working on a few unsolicited projects, but those are top secret!

3. What books (your own or others) do you recommend most often?

I write YA, but I read a ton of adult nonfiction. Right now I'm loving SPOOK by Mary Roach (her book STIFF is a go-to for Dearly research) and A BRIEFER HISTORY OF TIME. For the morbidly-minded, I always recommend THE UNDERTAKING by Thomas Lynch - he's a poet and essayist who is also an undertaker. Great blend of tragedy and humor in his work.

4. What part of Authors After Dark 2012 are you looking forward to the most?

Meeting other authors! I loved AAD 2011, because everyone was so friendly and everyone LOVES talking about ideas and books - it was great! People kept walking up to me and asking me to tell them about my book, or to give them my materials. Also, I'll admit, I just love cajun food - I'm totally looking forward to stuffing myself silly while I'm there!

5. If you've been to AAD before, do you have any advice for first time attendees?

Don't be afraid to talk to people. I think I hung back a little last year because I'm shy by nature, and I didn't realize at first how friendly everyone is. So talk! Especially to us introverted people! We secretly love you for it!

Thank you so much to Lia for stopping by today! You can catch up with her by following her on Twitter or stopping by her website.

And don't forget to check out Dearly, Departed, which sounds AMAZING: (Buy on Amazon)

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.
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