Interview with Gina Damico

Tuesday 20 March 2012.

Croak (Croak, #1)

Today, I am very happy to welcome Gina Damico to my blog. She is the author of the YA series, Croak. The first in the series, also entitled Croak, releases today, yay!! She has happily agreed to answer a few questions for us. 

So, lets get started.

Would you like to start by telling us a bit about yourself.
I have very small hands. Like, creepy small. Let's see, I live in a hundred year old house outside of Boston, I own over a hundred board games - though to be fair, most of them were brought to the party by my husband - and I just ate some delicious eggplant ravioli with nutmeg sauce.

Can you sum up "Croak" in 10 words?
It has a very shiny cover, and lots of death.

If you could hang out with any of the characters for a day, who would it be?
I'd love to get Pandora's recipes for all things deep-fried. Plus she's old and cranky, and cranky old people always make for a good time.

What inspired you to write about grim reapers?
While the initial idea just sort of popped into my head, the more I thought about it, the more opportunities I saw for humor and a quirky twist on the classic stereotype of 'creepy tall guy in torn-up hooded cloak'. Just add teenagers, a dash of mystery, and stir!

If Croak was made into a movie, who would you like to see play Lex, Driggs and Uncle Mort?
For Lex and Driggs, I'd want a couple of no-name teenagers (who are actually teenagers) who hadn't done much before. I don't know why - I just kind of like the idea of having brand new kids, as opposed ones we've seen before in other things. As for Uncle Mort, I must confess a certain affinity for Colin Farrell. He'd have the perfect look, and is badass, snarky, and likable all at the same time.

Scorch, the second book is coming out in the Fall, how many books do you plan to write in the Croak series?
Three. I know where I want the story to go and I have a satisfying ending in my head, and I don't see the need to stretch it out beyond that. Anything could happen, I suppose, but as much as I love the Croak kids, I also want the opportunity to write new things after the series is over. And then of course there's my erotic Titanic fan fiction career to consider...

Quickfire Questions

Killer or Culler - Killer. I'm not graceful enough to be a Culler. I'd drop souls all over the place.

Tea or Coffee - Coffee, though I hate the taste of both. I only drink it because it makes me temporarily nutzoid.

Favourite Song - I don't know that it's my definite favorite, but I think that if every day ended with a rousing rendition of "Don't Stop Believin'", we'd all be a lot happier.

Favourite Colour - Bright green. No, red. No, black. Purple! What was the question again?

Favourite Book - There are so many books that I've fallen in love with as an adult, but I think the book that I've loved for the longest is Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss. Considering the fact that I have a book coming out, I feel very lucky these days indeed - certainly luckier than the Crumple-horn, Web-footed, Green-bearded Schlottz, whose tail is entailed with unsolvable knots!

Favourite Genre - Action/Fantasy/Paranormal/Pop Science Nonfiction. That's a thing, right?

What are you reading now? At the moment I'm plowing through a pile of books by the Apocalypsies, which is the group of 2012 debut YA/MG authors that I belong to. Trust me, this is going to be a good year for book nuts.

Thanks for having me, and happy reaping reading!

Thank you so much for joining us today Gina and I wish you the best of luck with Croak, which I'm sure you don't need. 

You can read my review here.


Nicola said...

Wonderful interview! I'm really excited about reading Croak. :)

Unknown said...

Hi there, nice interview! I've heard some great things about the book as well.

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Unknown said...

I LOVE board games! Owning 100 of them would be a dream come true. If I could hang out with anyone it would be Driggs ;-) I love grim reapers. This was a great read!

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