Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rookie Wednesday & Giveaway: Kathy Charles, author of John Belushi Is Dead

So, I'm reinstating a former feature of mine today. Rookie Wednesdays are where I interview authors, of any genre and/or reading level, with recent or upcoming debut novels. If you're an author with a recent/upcoming debut and would like to be interviewed, hit me up at jax @ eclecticbooklover . com

Today's debut author is Kathy Charles whose YA novel, John Belushi Is Dead, was just released yesterday in North America and was initially published in Australia and New Zealand as Hollywood Ending.

Great to have you here at The Eclectic Book Lover, Kathy! Let's start off with one random tidbit about yourself.

I own a pug dog named Tubs, but really it is him who owns me.

What were you doing the moment you found out that John Belushi Is Dead had sold?

Uh, is it uncool to say I was sitting at my laptop frantically clicking the refresh button until I saw an email from my agent? Because if it is, I totally won't say that.

What's the best book that you've read over the past six months?

Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis.

Was the process of writing and publishing your first novel what you expected it to be?

Nah uh. I think I had an expectation that on the day of publication fireworks would go off and my life would change forever, but it doesn't. Careers take a slow time to build. If I've learnt one thing from publishing it is to have infinite patience. It's made me very zen. *Author's husband is laughing hysterically in the background*

Give us one embarrassing author moment:

At my launch party a group of teachers from my highschool all came, and it was lovely of them, but I felt so bad because there was one teacher's name I couldn't remember. It wasn't that I couldn't remember her - she was one of my favorite teachers - but my mind went blank! I had to admit I couldn't remember her name when I signed her book. It was horrible.

If you were interviewing yourself, what would you ask and what would the answer be?

Q. Kathy, are you really going to take a large chunk of time out of your first visit to New York to drive all the way to Maine to stand outside Stephen King's house like a total groupie? A. Yes.

What would you most like potential readers to know about you and/or your book?

John Belushi is Dead is unlike any other YA book you will ever read in your life. That's a promise.

List 3-5 characters from John Belushi Is Dead and do word associations.

Hilda - hopeful. Hank - craggy. Benji - troubled. Jake - suave.

What's your favorite thing about John Belushi Is Dead?

I've had so many comments from readers who say while they were reading it they couldn't stop themselves from jumping onto the internet to find out more about how these celebrities have died. I feel like it reminds people about all the amazingly talented stars we have lost that don't get enough attention, people like John Belushi, Chris Farley and Vic Morrow.

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

I've written two books since John Belushi is Dead, so fingers crossed they find a home!

Thanks for the fun interview, Kathy!

Everyone - be sure to check out Kathy's site and blog for more info about her and her novel. Also, scroll down for a chance to win a copy of John Belushi Is Dead.

About John Belushi Is Dead

John Belushi Is Dead

Pink-haired Hilda and oddball loner Benji are not your typical teenagers. Instead of going to parties or hanging out at the mall, they comb the city streets and suburban culs-de-sac of Los Angeles for sites of celebrity murder and suicide. Bound by their interest in the macabre, Hilda and Benji neglect their schoolwork and their social lives in favor of prowling the most notorious crime scenes in Hollywood history and collecting odd mementos of celebrity death.

Hilda and Benji’s morbid pastime takes an unexpected turn when they meet Hank, the elderly, reclusive tenant of a dilapidated Echo Park apartment where a silent movie star once stabbed himself to death with a pair of scissors. Hilda feels a strange connection with Hank and comes to care deeply for her paranoid new friend as they watch old movies together and chat the sweltering afternoons away. But when Hank’s downstairs neighbor Jake, a handsome screenwriter, inserts himself into the equation and begins to hint at Hank’s terrible secrets, Hilda must decide what it is she’s come to Echo Park searching for . . . and whether her fascination with death is worth missing out on life.


I happen to have an extra copy of John Belushi Is Dead and I want to share the love.

To win you must:
  1. Be a resident of the US or Canada and at least 13 years of age
  2. Leave a comment telling us who you think is a great deceased actor that tends to get overlooked.
  3. Leave an email address so that I can contact the winner
  4. Post your comment by 11:59 PM EST on September 8, 2010
Have at it!


Atypical Girl August 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

Thank you so much for the giveaway! Great interview. This book sounds quirky and interesting!

Amy S.
artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

Ashley August 28, 2010 at 12:25 AM  

This book looks very interesting!

I think Lon Chaney is a great actor who is often overlooked. He was huge in the silent movie industry, but very few people watch the old silent films anymore. This guy was pretty intense though! He did his own stage makeup, and the things he was able to do with the basic tools he had rival a lot of what we can do now. He is pretty creepy, marvelously talented and absolutely brilliant!

basicallyamazingbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

Julie August 28, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

This book sounds fantastic! I love stuff about Hollywood, especially old Hollywood. Did you know Leonardo DiCaprio grew up in Echo Park? I, also, have another bit of trivia. I grew up just outside Chicago (in Wheaton) and in grade school there was this girl in my class who lived in John Belushi's childhood home in Wheaton. Belushi grew up in Wheaton, went to Wheaton Central High School and the College of DuPage. Of course when he went on to perform at Second City, then SNL his fame skyrocketed. This book sounds so up my alley, especially since I want to be a screenwriter and hope one day live in Los Angeles. And I love a great mystery. I'm a new follower and will check out Kathy's site! Cheers :)

Julie (That's Swell!)

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} August 29, 2010 at 3:29 AM  

I think Dennis Hopper was a great actor whose death in May received little fanfare. *Thanks* for the giveaway!

Anonymous,  September 6, 2010 at 6:50 AM  

James Doohan. Actors that get famous from doing a specific genre often get overlooked.

Thanks for the giveaway.

headlessfowl at jteers dot net

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