"Bloom's first short story “Love And Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape” was featured in Story Quarterly and selected by Dave Eggers for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2003 (Houghton-Mifflin), which he curates annually. Bloom is the founder of underground dance label 100% Silk (profiled here in LA Weekly) AND the producer/lead singer of the band LA Vampires (written up in The Guardian as well as Pitchfork and Fader). Her next book will be published through HarperTeen.
M. Beth lives on the east side of L.A. where she indulges in raw fooding, magazine subscribing, thrift shopping, Sunday matinee'ing, and ladies book clubbing."
Quinlan Lacey's life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BFF Libby. There's also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed-out coworker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn's whole world turns crazy, Technicolor, 3-D, fireworks, whatever.
But with good comes bad and unfortunately, Quinn's new romance brings with it some majorly evil baggage. Now, to make things right, she has to do a lot of things wrong (breaking and entering, kidnapping, lying, you name it).
There's normal, and then there's paranormal, and neither are Quinlan's cup of Diet Coke. Staying
sane, cool, in love, and alive isn't so easy breezy.
Interview with M. Beth Bloom
What was your first job?
Ben and Jerry’s scooper.
Did you play any instruments in school?
Clarinet and keyboard, terribly and semi-terribly, respectably.
Do you munch while you write?
Almost never. Munching time is break time and I SAVOR break time. Every once in a while though, when I’m on a serious streak, I’ll have some kale chips at my desk. But eating while typing/staring at a computer
Do you listen to music while you write or is there silence?
Dead silence. I can’t even be spoken to really; there’s just no processing when I’m in book world.
What is one question you never get asked and wish you did?
Really anything at all about feminism in YA or other current female writers and the female writer’s voice.
Where is one place in the world you would like to visit
Hawaii on a budget, Cannes and Nice if I’m budget-less and fancy-free!
Can you tell us if you are writing anything in the future?
I’ve just finished the first draft of my next novel for HarperTeen called Age Of Backwards, about a group of eighth graders whose friendships are tested when a member of their clique goes missing.
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