Author Interview: Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones has written the Need books, TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (ex) BOYFRIEND, and LOVE AND OTHER USES FOR DUCT TAPE. I - personally - am a huge fan of her Need books, but unfortunately I have not had a chance to read her other two young adult novels.

Need (Need, #1) Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.

 Q: Many readers have noticed that you like to dabble in several different genres (contemporary fiction, paranormal, etc,). Which is your favorite to write and why?I don't really have a favorite. I'd feel like I was hurting a genre's feelings if I just picked one. I like nonfiction picture books because they use a different part of my brain. I like paranormal because it just feels so epic. I like contemporary fiction because it feels more poetic.... Um.... Horrible answer, I know! Bad author. Bad. Q: What are your favorite phobias?I like the ones that involve body parts. Q: Do you ever put yourself as a character (your personality, appearance, etc,.) or do you start from scratch with all of them?I tend to have short characters and I'm short, and I sometimes have characters who babble, and I tend to babble. Other than that, I really start from scratch. I think there are parts of me, and the people who I am closest to, in every character - even the heinous, evil ones!  My mother is always worried she's the mother in all my books. The mothers are never good enough for her. ;) Q: Do you have a particular quote or mantra while writing to keep you inspired? If so, what is it?Nutella. Nutella. Nutella. Q: If you could describe the Need series in one sentence (not a run-on), what would it be?I am incapable of non run-on sentences, but here goes:A girl becomes a hero while fighting paranormal baddies in Maine. Q: What has been your favorite book to write?Hm..... TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (ex) BOYFRIEND Q: Do you prefer writing a series or a singular book?I like both. I'm easy. Q: How do you feel about readers commenting on your books? How do you react to positive or negative reviews?If I read a review with even one negative line in it, I get writer's block. My stomach sort of pits into itself. It makes me terribly depressed. I try not to read anything at all any more. I am that neurotic and WAY over sensitive. It's a terrible character flaw. I have A MILLION character flaws, actually. One of these is a insane love of Nutella. Q: Do you have a routine that you go through before you sit down and write?I wish I did, but my life is so hectic that I can't have any kind of happy writing routine. I basically plop by the table and start typing.I love the Need series and I can't wait for the next one. Here are the other two that are out now: