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Author Interview: Jeri Smith-Ready

Today the Crossroads Tour brings you Jeri Smith-Ready, author of SHADE:

Love ties them together. Death can’t tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a critical gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

— Taken from her website


1. Have you had any ghostly encounters?

No, and I don’t want any! I am very easily creeped out—it’s the curse of a strong imagination.

2. Where did the idea that everyone born after the Shift can see ghost come from?

I’m honestly not sure where it came from, but I thought it would be the ultimate “generation gap.” I mean, every teen feels like no one understands him or her, but for these teens (and kids younger) it’s really true! They have a completely different experience of the world than their parents or older siblings or even older friends do. I think it’s forced them to grow up faster, so they end up being more mature than those older than them.

3. What’s next in your writing career?

In December, I’ll have a short story in a YA vampire anthology called ETERNAL: MORE LOVE STORIES WITH BITE. Then SHADE’s sequel SHIFT comes out in May. My fourth vampire book for adults, LET IT BLEED, comes out in August. Next fall, Logan Keeley from SHADE and SHIFT gets to tell his story in an anthology called ENTHRALLED, which is a collection of stories by the authors on this year’s Smart Chicks Kick It Tour.

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