Interview + Spotlight: My Girlfriend Bites by Doug Soulter +GIVEAWAY
Tagline for MY GIRLFRIEND BITES
Sometimes the boy gets the werewolf.
About MY GIRLFRIEND BITES:
A wimpy 16-year-old boy wants to find a girlfriend. When he falls for the perfect one, she shifts into a werewolf and throws his life upside down.
After his "dream" girl rejects him, 16-year-old Aiden tries to commit suicide. Yet he mysteriously survives. Now he feels like a loser with zero possibility of finding the perfect girlfriend. Enter Bree, the creepy girl with too much hair who's rumored to be cloned from a frozen prehistoric cave girl that scientists discovered in Canada. But when he accepts a ride from “Cave Girl” during a storm, Aiden discovers this weird girl not only has a kind heart. She's also cute.
Aiden offers to help Bree in Algebra and the two become friends. When Aiden pushes that friendship into a date, Bree accepts. On a romantic night at the zoo, Bree and Aiden fall in love as the animals watch. Unlike Aiden, they can smell what Bree really is.
Bree decides to tell him her deep, dark secret. Her family are werewolves hiding from the Demon Skins, a mysterious new enemy hunting down all the werewolf packs on earth. Aiden struggles with Bree's revelation, but chooses to stand by the girl he fell in love with. But standing by his new girlfriend will be the biggest test of his life.
Too bad Bree can't turn a coward into a fearless werewolf. That bite thing is only a myth.
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Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Doug went to college at nearby Oklahoma State where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film production and worked in local television for 20 years. Doug began writing screenplays in 1998 and became a 2001 semi-finalist in The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. His script Father Figure was one of 129 scripts left from 5,489 entries. His tenth script, Rail Fan, became a quarter-finalist in 2009. Soon after, Doug made the switch to writing young adult novels in 2008. Skid, a young adult novel set in the world of Formula 1 racing, is his first.
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When recommending My Girlfriend Bites what book would you fill in to this blank. If you loved _________ by ________ you would love My Girl Friend Bites.
If you loved Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause you would love My Girl Friend Bites.
(With so many YA book adaptations happening) If My Girl Friend Bites got a movie/TV Show deal what actors would you want to be in the movie/TV show?
Russell Crowe as Mr. Jay – Because its Russell Crowe
Stellan Skarsgard as Mr. Mayflower – Stellan has this menacing presence in all his roles, the perfect werewolf dad.
Charlize Theron as Mrs. Mayflower – I've always loved her work and think she could do something with the role.
How was your writing process different from writing this book compared to your other YA book Skid?
Skid was first a screenplay that I planned to try and sell on spec to movie producers. Then I adapted the script into a young adult novel because I wanted to write a book. So in some ways Skid was easier to write since I had this template of the story that I could work from. My Girlfriend Bites is an original story that I had to build from scratch. It was more of a struggle than Skid was.
An American Werewolf in London hands down. It's scary, funny, and so original as a werewolf story. If you want to see a truly unique take on the werewolf story, you have to check this movie out. It was made in 1981 but it still holds up well.
Will My Girlfriend Bites have a sequel?
Yes, I hope so. The plan is to do a 3-book series, but that depends on the readers. If they support the books, that helps generate the necessary funding for more books to be produced since I'm publishing as an indie author with no outside help.
What is one of your favorite current YA books that you think everyone should read?
It would have to be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It's one of the best YA books that's been out very recently and it's a shining example of how great young adult literature can be. Anyone who says bad things about YA as a genre should read this book first before standing by that opinion.
Was it difficult to create your own distinct breed of werewolves?
My approach to creating the werewolves in My Girlfriend Bites was to cross the myth with biology. Give the reader a werewolf that feels, acts, and thinks like a real animal, but also examine the animal/human conflict. Can a werewolf keep a perfect balance between girl and wolf? Or would the wild animal lurking inside be too much for her to control? And what would happen if she couldn't control it? To explore this question, I had to create werewolves that were able to control when they could change. This forces the teen wolf to have choices in her actions. To me, this is much more interesting than just randomly changing when the moon is full.
As an adult why do you love and write young adult fiction?
My writing background comes from screenwriting. It's a fast-paced and visual style of writing that's no-nonsense. You have to use your words sparingly and with maximum impact. Structure and pacing are very important in screenwriting. Young adult novels have this faster pace with a brevity of writing that I'm used to and like. I'm also finding that the more YA books I read, the more I enjoy reading in general. Young adult literature has turned me back into a reader again.
Another reason I love the genre is the choices! I can brand myself as a YA author and still have the freedom to explore all the different sub-genres that YA offers. As an author, I love that freedom to explore different ideas and young adult books provide that flexibility more so than most adult fiction genres.
Describe your book in 10 words or less.
Boy loves girl. You're a werewolf? Boy's life dangerously complicated.