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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Carrie Harris (Author of Bad Taste in Boys)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson

CARRIE HARRIS is a geek of all trades and proud of it. Brains are her specialty; she used to work in a lab where they were delivered daily via FedEx. After that, it seemed only natural to write a zombie book. Now she lives in Michigan with her ninja doctor husband and three zombie-obsessed children.
BAD TASTE IN BOYS is her first novel. It will be released July 12, 2011!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
There are a lot of places and times that I would LIKE to visit, but I really should visit Ohio in the early 90s. I need to tell Young Me some very important things, like wearing a plaid beret and hanging in coffee shops does not make you a serious writer. And cutting your hair is a BAD idea. Oh, and 90% of the guys you will want to date over the next few years are NOT GOOD FOR YOU. One is a small time mobster and one has been in jail and one will get a cue ball stuck in his mouth.

Maybe that’s self-centered, but I think of it as a public service. This way, my friends will have to put up with much less complaining from me.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Geek girl meets football playing zombie mayhem.
Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
I can only pick ONE? How am I supposed to pick ONE? Because my fictional crush is this mutant combo of a bunch of different characters. I like to call him Etierenjonaley. He’s a Frankensteinian combo of Etienne from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, Ren from NIGHTSHADE, Jonah from BAD TASTE IN BOYS, and Wesley from THE DUFF. All I need is a secret lair and a table hooked up to a big lightning rod, and he’s ALL MINE.

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
When I was a kid, I really wanted to be Meg Murray from A WRINKLE IN TIME, which wasn’t really that big of a stretch. But now, I’d probably be Tally from THE UGLIES, before she gets the razorblade teeth. Because I’d really like to go hoverboarding and jump off buildings and pull all those crazy stunts.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
Well, my first choice for any film role is David Hasselhoff, because I like to laugh, and the thought of the Hoff as Gandalf CRACKS ME UP. And the thought of the Hoff as me CRACKS ME UP. But if that’s not possible, I might go for Zooey Deschanel. I don’t think she’d have any problem with my kooky sense of humor or my tendency to break out into the cabbage patch whenever I’m excited.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
I’d call it SNARF. Because really, my life has been defined by those moments when I laughed so hard that things came out my nose.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
The other moms think I’m really weird.


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
I’m putting the finishing touches on edits for the next Kate Grable adventure, tentatively titled BAD HAIR DAY. It’s about werewolves and nanotechnology and blueberry flavored astronauts and killer coconuts. Just thinking about it makes me giggle uncontrollably, although that might be the caffeine. That should hit the shelves in summer of 2012-ish. And then I’m working on something totally new for my third book, but shhhh! It’s a sekrit. J

Thanks for stopping by Carrie!

For more information about Carrie Harris and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. I'm still giggling at her choice of where she would go back in time to.... LOL.... I think we'd all like to go back and tell our young selves to stay away from those fashion faux pas!!!
    Great interview!

  2. Great interview. I can't wait to read Carrie's book especially since Carrie is from Michigan like me. Her new book sounds fun too.

  3. Thanks for the interview, ladies! Carrie is so hilarious :D I just love her answers.. this Frankenstein version of your book crush totally cracked me up! LOL! but I definitely like that there's Ren among the ... pieces!
    And the choice of actress is great, too, although I would be very curious how it would look like with Hoff! (Go, Hoff!) :D

    I saw the picture of her and flipped out. I have the biggest girl crush on her. Thanks for sharing! :D

  5. I love the choice of Zooey Deschanel to play Carrie!! LMAO! Great interview! THanks!

  6. HAHA I love this author :D She sounds awesome by her answers in the interview, great questions by the way :))

  7. That was probably the most hilarious interview I have ever read! :D

    Carrie's hilarious! And those mom's who think she's weird...well, it's their loss. :P haha

    I can't wait to read Bad Taste in Boys now...if she's this funny in an interview, her book must be hilarious! :D

  8. I adore Tally, in fact she is one of the characters I would love to be as well. Her world is so amazing and so unique! Thanks for the interview.

  9. Wow! What a great interview! If Carrie's books are as funny as this interview, count me in!

  10. I had completely forgotten about Meg Murray! I think she's my 2nd favorite female character (after Hermione).

  11. Geek girl meets football playing zombie mayhem.

    SQUEE!! Yea, it sounds that awesome.

  12. Nice interview! I really wonder what her crush would end up looking like as it sounds like a hot boy overload.

  13. Haha I love her for the boy crush. Etierenjonaley? That sure is a mouthful.

  14. SNARF!! LOL, guess I'll have to join in on that ^^

    Great Interview! can't wait to read it! :D

  15. Love the sound of BAD HAIR DAY.
    Right up my alley.


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  16. I think Zooey seems like a good choice going by the interview!

  17. Hilarious! The Hoff ;p Love her real choice though!

  18. I've always thought about what I would do if I could time travel. That was a good answer to the question though! AND fictional boy to date. Oh man, that would be wonderful if the male characters I've read about were real...sigh. I love the Uglies series! She's got good book taste. C;

    A great interview, and I just love the cover! <3

  19. Carrie Harris is hilarious, as usual. CAN't wait to read this.

  20. Blueberry flavored astronauts? I am intrigued. I love blueberries, and if someone is TASTING the astronauts well... Anyways, great interview!


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