Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Author Spotlight: Carrie Harris: Author of Bad Taste in Boys

  • Bad Taste in Boys

I am whack-a-ding-hoy. I write books that are also whack-a-ding-hoy.

I live in Michigan with my husband, who is a ninja doctor (fer real), and three zombie obsessed children. The other moms at the bus stop think I’m very weird. I think this is a compliment.

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First off, I want to thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me! It is a pleasure having you.

Thanks for having me!!! I always have way too much fun with these things.

Tell us 5 things about yourself.

1. I fell off a cliff once. The kicker to this is that I was taking a wilderness rescue course… learning how to save people who fall off cliffs.

2. I used to manage the national research center for Mad Cow disease in humans. My husband used to call me ‘Mad Cow,’ but only in public.

3. I don’t put my legs behind my head any more. See #3 for more details.

4. My minivan’s name is Helsing.

5. The other soccer moms think I’m weird. They don’t realize that I think this is a compliment.

Describe yourself in 3 words..

Completely, proudly crazycakes.

What is 'a day in the life of Carrie Harris' like?

 I have three young children, so my days are pretty crazy. I play a lot of princess games and spend a couple hours a week on the sidelines of a soccer field. But I make an effort to surround myself with interesting people. That way when I start spouting off about zombies and werewolves and things, they don’t look at me funny or try to have me committed. This is why I’m married to a ninja doctor. My son idolizes Billy Idol. My daughters are the only four year olds I know who are well versed in the best ways to kill a zombie. My friends are the kinds of people who think Bacon Parties are completely normal, and when my in laws go on trips, they don’t bring me t-shirts. They bring me monster bracelets.

So whenever I’m feeling a little down or struggling for good ideas, there’s always something fun and strange and marvelous going on around me. Which is quite plainly AWESOME.

Bad Taste in Boys sounds fantastic, and so unique. What inspired you to write it?

 I’m a huge monsterphile. Zombie movies in particular always crack me up, because movie characters never seem to have any problem believing that their neighbors are turning into zombies. Um, hello? Only crazy people think things like that. So I started off thinking I might want to do a book about a completely rational person who discovers a zombie virus. And then I started mashing it together with other ideas that I had floating around in my head, kind of like a math project gone completely whack-a-ding-hoy. So BAD TASTE IN BOYS is really

Frankensteinian weird science plus the undead football players from Beetlejuice divided by high school geekery.

If math books were more like that, I might have become a mathematician.

Describe the feeling you had when you first found out Bad Taste in Boys was going to be published.

When The Email finally came, I ran around the house screaming and then left a voice mail for my husband that said: “OhmygodcallmecallmeCALLMERIGHTNOW!” And then I put Thriller on and did the dance, because that’s obviously the best way to celebrate selling a zombie book.

About an hour later, I realized I should probably email my agent back. I went to my computer and found another email from her asking if the shock had killed me and did she need to call an ambulance.

Do you think you could survive a zombie apocalypse?

I’d TOTALLY survive. I mean, I’m an expert on the subject! Not only do I write monster books, but I have a ninja doctor husband. No, seriously. He has a fourth degree black belt in ninjutsu, and I’ve actually seen him knock shuriken out of the air with his hands. It’s surprisingly sexy.

Ahem. Anyway. I am not a black belt. I have a green belt, which means that I should be able to fall down without hurting myself, although sometimes I think that’s debatable. So my survival strategy is to stand behind my husband and yell helpful tips like, “GET IT IN THE HEAD! NO, IN THE HEAD!!!!”

What is your best 'Monster Math' Creation? Mine is a goblimum: Goblin + Mummy

I’d have to go with the one that started it all—the merpire. Merpires are mermaid/vampire hybrids, and they like to drag their baby pools into your bedroom at night to watch you sleep. SLOSH SLOSH SLOSH.

(That was me trying to do a sound effect. Pretty horrible, wasn’t it?)

Do you have any writing must haves? (i.e Snacks, music)

I can’t listen to music when I’m writing! I like to sing, even though I’m horrible at it, so I end up singing and dancing around like an idiot. Not writing. But I do require a steady supply of Diet Dr. Pepper. Honestly, I think if you cut me, I’d bleed DDP.

But you don’t need to test that if we meet, okay?

What is one guilty pleasure that you have?

DANCE MOVIES! I’m addicted to them. Generally, the plots suck rocks, and the acting is mostly suckish, but I don’t care. If it has dancing in it, I am THERE.

Are you working on anything now? If so, can you share a bit about it?

Well, right now I’m waiting on edits for my sequel, which is called BAD HAIR DAY and should be out sometime in summer 2012. It’s about werewolves and nanotechnology and blueberry flavoured astronauts and killer coconuts, and it makes me snarf things out my nose when I think about it. And I’ve just finished what I’m hoping will be my third book, which is set in a whole new world, only without Aladdin.

Now that song is stuck in my head. Serves me right.

Crazy Quiz

Time travel: Future or Past?

Past! I could actually get caught up on things if I could relive the same hour four or five times!

Coffee or Tea?

Neither? If it doesn’t come in a 2 liter and bubble when you open it, I don’t want it.

Day or Night?

Night. I am the lone night owl in a family of happy morning people. LIFE IS CRUEL.

Favourite film?

No way I can pick just one. Zombieland is my favorite zombie movie, and Center Stage is my favorite dance movie. If they combined the two, I’d be in HEAVEN. If you could be any monster creature what would you be? I’d be a Sparkly Merpire Princess. NATURALLY.

Thank you so much, Carrie! It was such a pleasure!

Thank YOU!

Hey fellow bookworms, lets have some fun! I want to see what kind of 'Monster Math' creations you can make! Share your Monster Math in the comments. Craziness is allowed...infact, it's encouraged!
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  1. Carrie Harris is sooo fun! I nearly fell of my chair laughing! I love her blog too! I am not big on creepies especially Zombies, but she is so funny and i LOVED this interview,So i am going to read this book for sure!

  2. Okay I'm gonna give it a try. The two things that scare me the most are ghosts and serial killers. So I'm gonna say serial ghollers. Serial killer ghosts. And you know, I'm from Florida where they still use the electric chair so I think if anyone is gonna have a ghost, it's gonna be someone that got killed in an electric chair. Imagine the havoc they could wreak?? Bad enough when you could see them. I bet I have bad dreams tonight. Hmmm, maybe I shouldn't have played this game.

    But Carrie Harris is funny! Thanks for interviewing her!


  3. Thanks, guys! And the serial killer ghosts really ARE a scary concept. *shivers*


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