Today, I have the author of Bleeding Violet, Dia Reeves. Bleeding Violet is Dia's first book, making it a debut novel! It was recently released on January 5, 2010!
What made you write young adult?
I have all this leftover teen angst that I never got to use, but I have to do something with it because I can't let it stay inside creeping and bubbling. So I let it spew out into books. Problem solved.
How are you and Hanna alike? How are you different?
I don't think I'm anything like her. She's very sexy and manipulative. My thing is more about adorable passive-aggression. And she's much more social than I am, much more needy.
The setting in Bleeding Violet is in Portero, Texas. How did you come up with the setting?
People always associate Texas with plains and cattle and hot, dusty wide spaces. But Texas is a lot more diverse than that geographically. East Texas for example is heavily forested and rainy and swampy. So I wanted to set the story there and give people a different perspective of what Texas is like. But Portero isn't a real town, in case you're wondering. I needed to invent a place that had its own very specific spooky culture.
"Gloomy Sunday" by Billie Holiday is the official theme song for Bleeding Violet. It's about a woman who decides to kill herself after her man dies, and that's just the kind of thing Hanna would do. She's has some serious suicidal inclinations.
But since Hanna is manic-depressive, I'm gonna throw in "I Know What Boys Like" by which is a happy, yeah-I'm-a-tease-so-what song, and that's the kind of girl Hanna is too. She is very complicated. ;)
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Being creative. Getting paid to be weird. Meeting other people who are as weird as I am.
Do you have any must-have's while writing?
I must have music and warm feet. I can't write when it's cold and quiet.
If you were brought to a deserted island, which 3 books would you bring?
The Stephen Kingby
The Shadow and the Star by
How to Escape a Deserted Island for Dummies :)
Lastly, is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks Dia! That was a great interview! Be sure to check out Bleeding Violet! =)