Hello readers! Today I am happy to be part of THE TEEN BOOK SCENE’s blog tour for CROAK by Gina Damico. Gina has graciously answered a few burning questions for you. So read on!
Gina Damico grew up under four feet of snow in Syracuse, New York. She received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, where she was active with the Committee for Creative Enactments, a murder mystery improv comedy troupe, which may or may not have sparked an interest in wildly improbable bloodshed. Since then, Gina has worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. Croak is her first novel. Gina lives in Boston with her husband, two cats, and a closet full of black hoodies.
Describe CROAK in 140 characters or less.
Oh, there aren’t even close to 140 characters in Croak. The town’s population alone only has
about a hundred. Oh wait, I see what you’re ask-
Which character was the easiest for you to write?
Cordy, Lex’s twin sister, flowed really easily. She and Lex have a relationship that is fairly
similar to mine with my own sister, so any scenes where they interact just came really naturally.
Especially the fighty ones.
Do you have a specific place where you write?
If by specific you mean all over the house, then yes. I sprawl across the living room, I set up
shop on my dining room table, I hole myself up in my office, and if it’s nice out I’ll go on my
porch, often cycling between all of those several times in one day. I’m on my couch right now,
but that could easily change within minutes.
What are your top five favorite books of all time?
Of all time is tricky – I’ve read a pantload of books in my years, and I’ve loved a great deal of
them. So here are just a few off the top of my head, in different categories:
Children’s: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss
Middle Grade: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
YA: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
Adult: Room, by Emma Donoghue
Nonfiction: A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
Are you working on a new writing project right now? If so, can you share some details?
I am, but since it’s in such an early stage I can’t really share details. Let’s just say there might be
some fantastical elements, there might be some treachery, and there might be some flying. But
then again, there might not. It might just be about soggy cardboard or cat toys.
Thanks for having me, and happy reaping reading!
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Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure.
He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.
Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer.
Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?
Publication Date: 20 March 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cover art, author photo and book description courtesy of GOODREADS.
Author bio courtesy of Gina Damico’s WEBSITE.