Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Bite Me by Lori T. Strongin

Welcome to Author Lori T. Strongin

Inspired by the likes of Joss Whedon and Piers Anthony, and fueled by the power of chai lattes, author Lori T. Strongin is a firm believer that “Normal is Overrated.”   She’s an avid reader, a hard-core Taurus with a love for elves, zombie squirrels, and cannibalistic cotton balls, and can usually be found glued to her laptop, killing people. Lori currently lives in theme park central—otherwise known as Central Florida—and is the author of more than a dozen creepy and twisted tales—most containing fairly high body counts.Check out for pictures, fan art, and the occasional murder spree.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

The past, definitely. I’m a huge fan of the Arthurian era, and would love to go back to see how much of the myth is true. Then I’d hightail it out of there before the Black Death hit and hang out in the Medici’s Renaissance Florence to witness the birth of all that wonderful art and literature.

What is one book everyone should read?
The Catcher in the Rye. Maybe a bit cliché, I know, but that book’s helped me through a lot of moments where I felt alone and lost, and I’d recommend it to anyone who feels adrift or doesn’t know where they belong.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint Chocolate Chip!

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
William Shakespeare. My head-canon for The Bard is very Who-esque and I think he’d be a fascinating person to chat with. (Brownie points for anyone who knows what, “Fifty-seven academics just punched the air” means!)

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Bite Me is meant to be a fun romp with some of the most popular paranormal creatures, but presents them in a whole new way that will hopefully have readers rethinking the awesomeness of man-eating furniture, surfer-boy werewolves, and rutabaga-sucking vampires.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m always working on something new! I’ve got a YA time travel in the works where an orphan will defy every rule and law he knows to save his parents from a murderer hellbent on the very technologies created by his father. Also, I’m working on my first YA contemporary (no elves or magic, gasp!) featuring a transgendered teen and her search for acceptance, both from those around her and from herself.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Honestly, I can’t remember a time that I haven’t wanted to be a writer. I’ve got some “short stories” I wrote back in third grade. It really wasn’t a surprise to anyone in my family when I declared a journalism major, nor when I dropped that to go into the Creative Writing program at my college (CU Boulder, baby!)

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Holding my book in my hands for the first time. Just like the moment I got that acceptance letter from Mundania, I sobbed my eyes out. It’s been a long road with lots of late nights and grande chai lattes to get me through, but seeing my name on that cover and feeling the weight of the books in my hands made it all so very much worth it.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
It’s actually a piece I got from a writing mentor of mine: If you want to be a serious writer, look at it like your job. Just like you get up every day and go to your 9-5 (or whatever), set aside a block of time every day and write, even if it’s just a half hour. The longer you do it, the more into the routine you’ll get until it feels second nature.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Oh God, now there’s a question! I LOVE Vancouver and would probably move there if I ever had to leave the US. Though, London and Queenstown in New Zealand are also right up there with places I could happily live in.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Can I say Nicole Kidman, because she’s gorgeous? Hehe, in real life though, it would probably be Marissa Jaret Winokur (from the Broadway show Hairspray).

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
A were-spatula. Seriously, it would lay innocuously on people’s counters and if the light of the full moon fell over it, the thing would beat you to death. (My mind’s kind of a scary place sometimes…)

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Hunger Games!!! omg, I can’t wait for that to come out!

What was your favorite children’s book?
Peter and Wendy. I fully believed for years that Peter Pan would come fly through my window one night and whisk me off to Neverland. I’d even line my stuffed animals up and tell them stories like Wendy did, hoping Peter was just outside on the windowsill, listening. I still haven’t given up hope that that’ll happen one day, by the way.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Lord of the Rings. I think I might die if that actually happened, though.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Autumn. I absolutely love the colors and smells and crisp cold air of fall. I live in Florida now, and we don’t get seasons outside of Humid, Hurricane, and Love Bug (look ‘em up on google), and I miss fall the most.

Harry Potter or Twilight?
Harry Potter. A thousand-times Harry Potter.

Beach or Pool?

Cats or Dog?

Favorite quote from a movie?
It’s kind of a two-part quote:
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” ~ The Princess Bride

Bite Me: Or the Obvious Title for a Novel About a Vampire and a Werewolf

This summer at Hedgehill University: take one totally screwed werewolf, a vegetarian vampire, and the psycho who wants to kill them both.Surfer-boy werewolf Talbot Osbourne is under pressure to get a summer job, find an apartment, and make up for the classes he failed last semester. The fur will fly when Talbot is forced to partner with Julian St. George on a class assignment. Unfortunately, the vegetarian vampire brings more than just a set of fangs to the table when a stalker takes special interest in the unlikely duo.Time is running out for the ParaNorms of New York as they’re picked off, one by one. Talbot and Julian will have to work together catch the ‘Slayer’ before the psycho finds them. If they don’t kill each other first, that is.Throw in a shapeshifter with ferret envy, a wizard who makes people’s clothes disappear, and an apartment with cannibalistic furniture and zombie squirrels, and these boys are in for the summer of their lives. Or deaths.

Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive a copy of Bite Me
Paperback to US or Ebook if you live Internationally
Ends 2/1/11

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