Para-RT13 with Jeri Smith-Ready

Monday, April 29, 2013
 Carmel from Rabid Reads and I have been stalking paranormal authors that will be attending the RT Booklovers Convention in Kansas City on May 1-5. We’ll both be there in all of our book nerd glory so we decided to do a bloggy event to get psyched up even more for the convention!. Its a month long event in April that showcases some Paranormal Authors that are going to be going to The RT Convention.

Introduce yourself to readers:
Hi! My name is Jeri Smith-Ready, author of several paranormal novels for teens and adults, including last year’s SHINE (SHADE trilogy #3) and LUST FOR LIFE (WVMP RADIO #4, also the final book in the series). 

Tell us a little about your books?
In my YA trilogy, SHADE, the heroine Aura and everyone born after her can see and talk to ghosts, but no one else can. Aura wonders if her birth caused the Shift (the mysterious event that made ghosts visible) and if it has anything to do with the father she’s never met. The trilogy centers around her search for answers, which takes her to Ireland and beyond. There’s a lot of romantic drama, too, as Aura tries to get over her boyfriend Logan’s death and ghosthood (hey, he’s still around, so no out-of-sight-out-of-mind, right?), possibly with the help of Zachary, a Scottish exchange student with infinite patience and infinite secrets.

My adult paranormal series, WVMP RADIO, is about a former con artist and a radio station of vampire DJs, each of them stuck psychologically in the time they were created. It's a little lighter than the SHADE trilogy but with lots of romance and music. Because without romance and music, why would I ever want to write a book? ;)

Is this your first RT? If you've been to one before, any tips for us newbies?
I’ve been every year since 2007 in Houston—I never miss it! My advice for newbies is not to be overwhelmed at the cornucopia of awesomeness you see when you look at the schedule. You can’t possibly do everything without exhausting yourself. Make sure you get some down time.

Also, RT folks are the friendliest people on earth. I’m pretty shy (though you’d never guess it from the way I can’t shut up sometimes), but at RT I’ve never felt awkward because I always know that I have something in common with that total stranger standing next to me—a love of books! 

Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels, going to any parties, etc.?
Wednesday 5-6pm I'm on a panel called "Blood Light," about humor in vampire novels. It's moderated by Caridad Pineiro and also features C.T. Adams (aka Cat Adams), Jeaniene Frost, Susan and Clay Griffith, Molly Harper, and Elisabeth Staab. Should be tons of fun!

Thursday 10-11am I'm on a YA panel called "Professional Liar," where audience members ask us questions then guess whether we're telling the truth. It's moderated by one of my favorite authors (and people!), Sarah Rees Brennan, so I'm sure there'll be laughs a plenty! Also, I hear there'll be prizes. You do NOT want to miss this one. (Hint: I'm a terrible liar, so when in doubt, guess that I'm telling the truth.) Other YA authors on the panel are Rachel Caine, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Leanna Renee Hieber, Colleen Houck, and Rachel Vincent.

Saturday is Teen Day—yay! I’ll be signing my YA books in YA Alley, then doing the 5-6pm speed reading (I might be persuaded to read a scene from "Shattered," an upcoming SHADE tie-in novella from Zachary's point of view), as well as attending the big Teen Day party.

You can probably also find me in the gym every other morning, because I'm training for my very first 5K on Memorial Day!

Is your RT experience all planned out or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of person?
I'm definitely on the spontaneous side. I don't like to get my heart set on going to any particular panel, because it's very likely that on the way there, I'll run into an old friend (or a new friend!) and we'll spend the hour chatting over coffee or in the bar.

I do, however, plan my wardrobe ahead of time, writing down which outfits I'm wearing for each event each day. Otherwise I waste valuable time staring into the closet trying to decide what to wear--or worse, overpacking. I mean, how many black cardigans do I need for one convention? (Answer: ALL the black cardigans!)

If you see me at RT, please say hi!

"Bridge" - SHADE short story - Now available!

Logan is barely seventeen, and barely dead. To find eternal rest, the ghost rock star must make peace with his brother Mickey, before his guilt over Logan’s death drives him to suicide.
Krista sees ghosts everywhere, but never the one she needs most. A chance boardwalk encounter with Logan turns her Senior Week party into a rescue mission. Can her own grief give her the strength to save Mickey’s life?
Loaded with bonus material, the “Bridge” ebook is the perfect introduction to the young-adult Shade trilogy—a tale of ghosts, music, and everlasting love.

"Bridge" originally appeared in the Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions anthology (September 2011, HarperTeen), edited by New York Times bestselling authors Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

Shade new paperback cover Shift paperback coverShine cover

About Jeri

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and the world’s goofiest greyhound.

 Jeri's plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late.

Find her around at:
Facebook | Twitter | Website   | Facebook Fan Page| Goodreads

Thanks for having me on the blog, Amber! 

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  1. I still have to start reading your books, but the first step has been taken, they are on my shelves :) Have fun at RT, and don't forget to take those cardigans ;)

  2. Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I enjoyed the interview and the chance to learn more about Jeri's YA books. I'm familiar with the WVMP RADIO series, but don't really know much about the YA series. I think I'm going to have to pick them up. :D

  4. Great job with RT interviews! I just wanted to stop by and wish a fabulous time in KC :)

  5. I think that would be the big draw card for me to attend. Everyone there has a love for authors, books & reading.

  6. Have fun at RT! Btw, these covers are beautiful :)


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