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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blog Tour: "Dead Perfect" by P.G. Shriver (Interview)

Welcome to our stop on the Virtual Book Tour of "Dead Perfect" by P.G. Shriver brought to you by Young Adult Novel Reader Blog Tours.  

1. Tell us 5 things about yourself that readers may not be able to find on the web. 

1. I love watching old black and white TV shows, like Burns and Allen and Leave it to Beaver.
2. My favorite musical instrument is the piano, but I don't play it.
3. I have incredible determination and can do whatever I "want" to do.
4. I was raised in a dysfunctional environment with an alcoholic father.
5. I stayed by my mother's death bed until she exhaled her last breath at the age of 67 and it was the most difficult experience I've lived through.

2. What does a typical writing day look for you? 

I try to do all of my writing in the early hours while I'm drinking my coffee. Depending on the day, I will write from five in the morning until around seven in the morning, and then get ready for work. Early is when my ideas are at their best and most creative. I have to make myself leave my writing every hour just to stretch and move, otherwise I will get so absorbed in my work, I'll be numb and unable to walk by the time I take a break. Lately, because I've been doing so much promotion, I'm finding it difficult to find "spare" time and I just write whenever I have time. Weekends are my biggest blocks of time for writing because I don't have to grade essays or do other work. I love the long writing hours that weekends provide, and when I am in the mood to write all day, my family takes over the household, which is awesome!

3. Can you please tell the readers about "Dead Perfect" and why they should check it out? 

Dead Perfect is a romance novel inspired by the too early death of young people in my life. I'm obsessed with paranormal activity, mainly having to do with ghosts and afterlife. The book brings together two characters, Mel (Amelia) and Davis, from very different backgrounds, and actually time periods. Neither has ever fallen in love because their lives revolved around more grandiose plans. Both believed love could wait, until a car accident changed their outlooks and opened their eyes to the possibility of finding the love of their lives. When they do find each other, ghostly secrets involving the past try to keep them apart. Without giving away too much of the story, Dead Perfect is a roller coaster of emotion between two young people destined to be together. Everyone who has lost a young person in their lives, and every one who believes in eternal love, should definitely read it.

4. What was the hardest scene to write? 

The most difficult scene for me to write in Dead Perfect was the scene where the children appear in Mel's and Davis' park. I kept thinking about the ages and situations of the children and it brought tears to my eyes every time I tried to work on it. I guess it just hit a little close to home because of the issues experienced when I was young. Not that my parents ever did what Marianne did to those children, but there are connections of rejection and some neglect that made it very hard to write.

5. What inspired you to write the book? 

The inspiration for Dead Perfect came after losing my twenty year old niece, Jennelle and my cousin's twelve year old daughter, Mariah. The fact that they left this world without finding the ones with whom they would spend the rest of their lives tormented me. Christians comfort each other during loss by saying such as, "Grandpa was waiting for Grandma," and thinking of my Jennelle and Mariah in that light made my heart ache. With whom would they spend eternity? The answer to that question is how Dead Perfect sprouted.

6. When you are not writing, what are your hobbies and interests?

One of my hobbies is painting. I love watercolors. I am a very creative person, and I like to sew, also. I love riding my horses, working with them and walking my dogs. I also love to cook, not so much sweets, but soups, casseroles, and any new dishes I can create!

7. What is up next for P.G. Shriver? 

Next? Well, I have four books in the making that I need to have completed yesterday: The Gifted Ones The Dream (YA Series), Hog Island Love (Adult Paranormal Time Travel), I Don't Live in a Box, Isiah (Contemporary Adult Romance), and The Hummingbird Prince (YA Paranormal Romance). I have many books started on my computer, but these are the ones mostly complete. I need to stop answering questions now and get busy writing while I'm here alone! Haha!

8. Do you have anything specific you want to tell your readers? 

Yes! Get over to your fave online bookstore and buy Dead Perfect! Just kidding! I would like to tell my readers that I tell stories for you! I would love to be perfect and rich, but I'm not, and I welcome any communication from readers, so friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and email me if you have a question or comment. I really would love to hear from you!

One more thing: whatever it is that you dreamed of doing when you were young, do it! Choose carefully, do what makes you happy and live your dream life because you won't have another chance at it! That's what I'm striving to do with my writing.

Title: Dead Perfect
Author: P. G. Shriver
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 230

My lifelong dreams never included falling in love. Graduating top of the class, going to college somewhere far away and starting a life in a place where my alcoholic mother could never find me were the first three goals on my list. Then the unexpected auto accident with Mother, after her regular doses of vodka, altered all of that. With her gone, my life and my perspective changed forever.  

Desperate to find Joanie so I could break free, I returned to my old school. The search led me to her, my Aphrodite, a familiar lost look in her soulful eyes. Fantasies of her forced reasoning from my mind. I had to meet her! Once fallen, would her love for me survive the ghostly secrets haunting us?

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Born in California, and raised in Minnesota and Texas, P.G. spent her early years writing poetry and winning poetry contests, while escaping the drama in her own childhood by reading great books for children. Ever since her earliest days, she loved story telling. She wrote numerous short stories in High School and her early college years, continually trying to relive that first experience at the age of seven of seeing her name in print in the local newspaper. 

P.G. sought her education at the University of Texas, where she studied English, literature, and Education. During the entire process of earning her BA and M.Ed, she never stopped writing and trying to be published. It was during this time that her first children's book No More Stinkbugs! was accepted for publication by Castle Keep Press. Many of her stories develop from nature.

P.G. graduated college and began her career in education, another great world that offered real experiences to humor and delight through children's books. She watched children interact, bringing to surface her own experiences as a child and yet more events to write about. While teaching, she discovered many great books for young people, such as The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, Maniac Magee, So. B. It and many more. She is a fan of Dean Koontz novels, too, and loves reading fantasy and paranormal books.

P.G. was married 20 years in March 2012 and has a bright, young daughter who has begun her own college career. She lives on a small farm in Texas with her family and animals. P.G. has experienced great love and loss throughout her life. Those her family has lost have dedications in her books.

P.G. has two young adult books published, Dead Perfect and The Gifted Ones: The Fairytale the first book in The Gifted Ones Trilogy. She also has several children's books written under Gean Penny, her pseudonym. P. G. has since dissolved her contract for her first book with Castle Keep Press and moved the title to her own imprint, Gean Penny Books.


Thanks for hosting my interview today! It was fun answering the questions. Have a wonderful week!

P.G. Shriver

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