January 30, 2007

3 Questions: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Tomorrow I will tell you the WHOLE SORDID story of DOG AND CAT AND INTEGRATION. It’s going a little bit like this…

Dog: Don’t you want to be friends??? Hmmm? Hmmm???? Because *I* want to be friends, so do YOU want to be friends? Please check one box! The first box says YES I WANT TO BE FRIENDS RIGHT NOW! And the second box says YES I WANT TO FRIENDS VERY SOON!
Cat: Where is the box for, “I hope you die?”

TODAY is a GCC day---the GCC is my li’l touring club---it’s where I find about 90% of the women who answer my 3 Questions. If you are a traditionally published lady type person, you can get in on this virtual touring. Here's
an FAQ and contact info.
We are now adding candidates to our waitlist.

But for today, Imma talk to Current Member, Jennifer Lynn Barnes about her recent release, TATTOO

It’s the story of four friends, four tattoos. And one ancient evil.

Bailey Morgan isn't the type of girl who shows a lot of skin, but she and her three best friends---quiet Annabelle, tomboy Zooey, and trendsetting Delia---all apply temporary tattoos. The tattoos will last for three days, and Delia's sure that with them, the four friends will absolutely kill at the school dance. Unfortunately, killing is just what someone has in mind, and Bailey, Delia, Annabelle, and Zo are in for the battle of their lives. Along with her tattoo, each girl receives a gift—a supernatural power to help them in their fight to save the world. And if they can get Delia to stop using her newfound power to turn gum wrappers into Prada pumps, they might actually stand a chance.

Booklist says, "Imagine the gang from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series with magic tattoos... Spunky, fun-loving, and sometimes cranky teen-girl friendships and realistic dialogue propel this character-driven, fast-paced read."

JJ: What do you think of your cover and how does it compare to the cover
you imagined when you were writing the book?


JLB: The cover of TATTOO is actually almost exactly how I pictured it, down
to the glitter effects they used for the title. My editor has been
really great about asking for input on things like covers, and I had a
really specific idea in mind about what I wanted for tattoo- a girl,
viewed from the back, with her shirt riding up to reveal a tattoo, and
the title written blue-green glitter. The only change they made was
to make it so that the tattoo in the lower back WAS the title, which I
thought was brilliant.

JJ: I know you are a blogger ,too. Why do you do it? Does it feed you or take energy from you?

JLB: I started my blog a few months after I sold my first book, and
honestly, it was one of those deals that your mother always warned you
about, with everyone else jumping off a cliff and you deciding to
jump, too. A large number of my writing friends were blogging, and it
seemed like it would be a good way to keep in touch with readers.
Now, though, I love doing it! I've heard from a lot of readers who
wouldn't have otherwise contacted me, and it's been a great way to get
to know some other writers. Plus, now that I'm living abroad, I
really love sharing the little things that amuse me, like my
introduction to British slang and my temptation to go over to the dark
side and start drinking English tea. I've never kept a journal of any
kind before, so it's nice to be able to look back at the older blog
entries and remember what I was doing two years ago.

JJ: Tell us about the group of friends that made you want to write a
friendship story.

JLB: I started Tattoo the summer in between my sophomore and junior years
in college. Right before I started writing, my closest friends and I
had decided to move out of our residential college and into annex
housing, which basically meant that we got this really wonderful two
story suite with more bedrooms than we had people, two bathrooms, and
a plush common room. Even before we started living together, we
became really close, and by the time I went back to do revisions and
edits on Tattoo, our group was inseparable. This was really my first
time with a group of friends who were as tight-knit as the girls in
the book are with each other, and that made writing Tattoo that much
more fun. To me, the book is as much about the friendships that saw
me through the writing of the book as it is about the story itself.

Posted by joshilyn at January 30, 2007 5:37 AM

That book sounds really good! Definitely one I'm going to check out.

Can't wait to hear more of The Courtship of Bagel and Schubert. Preferably with photos. (Seriously. We NEED more Bagel photos!!)

Posted by: DebR at January 30, 2007 10:01 AM

Poor bagel. He doesn't know that the only way to win Schubert over is to play hard to get. . .

Posted by: Roxanne at January 30, 2007 11:16 AM

This is the third place I've read about "Tattoo". I'm thinking that some force in the universe is telling me that I need to read this book, or at least get it for my daughter. And I generally try to take heed when universal forces align to nudge me in any direction. Or, when Joss blogs about a book. I've found some treasures, and one total gem (yeah, Laura, that'd be YOU!), si I'll be picking this one up tomorrow.
Thanks, Joss.

And yeah, I'm with the others. More on Schubert and Bagel. Maybe if Bagel just passed the lox?

Posted by: dee at January 30, 2007 12:01 PM

Good thing Shubert wasn't hungry for a Bagel.

Posted by: Cele at January 30, 2007 12:31 PM

Good luck on the integration! A year and a half later and my dog and cat are still not friends. The dog is all fot it, but the cat is like, "ain't no way". Although it is kind of funny to watch a 12 pound cat beat up on a 65 pound dog. The dog has yet to realize he should stay out of the cat's face! (evil pet mom had the cat declawed as a kitten, so he dosen't hurt the dog.)

To make matters worse, I was on vacation last week and kenneled the dog. Now we are back to being jealous of each other.

Posted by: Terri at January 30, 2007 2:04 PM

Watch out for the Revenge Of Schubert (which will come in the form of shredded drapes, or something a bit more fragrant on you carpet...).

Tattoo sounds fun! Adding it to my list!

Posted by: Amy-Go at January 30, 2007 10:26 PM

Fortunately I've always raised my dogs and cats together, and since Bagel's still a puppy, there's a better chance that Schubert will come to accept him, especially once Schubert realizes he can raise Bagel to do his bidding. There's nothing more frightening and intimidating than a well-orchestrated cat-and-dog team! And if they get Maisy and Sam on their side? It doesn't bear thinking about!

Posted by: Fran at January 30, 2007 10:30 PM

Maybe you should change their names to "Garfield" and "Odey"--'cause that conversation brought some cartoon cells into clear focus--if only I were an artist.

Posted by: Roxanne at January 31, 2007 9:16 AM

There is nothing among all the volumes I wrote in college that I now consider publishable although I certainly thought editors were blind idiots not to grab them at the time. So I'm all admiration, Jennifer! Congratulations. It sounds great.

And thanks, dee. (dee, I don't LIKE using a small letter for your name. I know you say to, but..it feels too small. Maybe I should just pretend you're e.e. cummings.)

Joshilyn, I'm going to give away more truffles and they don't involve murdering anyone. (So DON'T. Not even Evil Vet pediatricians.) They involve crêpes. In fact, there might be TWO chances for truffles this month. (That don't involve murdering someone.)

Now we'll see if she actually reads her comments. :)

Posted by: Laura Florand at January 31, 2007 3:47 PM

Schubert wants Tuna, and then, maybe then, he will like the BagelDog. But probably not. I recommend plying him with Lox.

Posted by: parrotzmom at February 1, 2007 6:23 PM