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Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin Interview and Giveaway

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Title:  Losing Logan
Author:   Sherry D. Ficklin
Published:  April 15th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count:  65,000
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Non-explicit murder
Recommended Age:  15+
 
Synopsis:  “What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you can’t let go of?”
Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead.
As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.
Excerpt: 
“Who would want me dead?” he whispers.
I raise my hand.
He glances up and laughs.
“Why am I not surprised by that?”
Lowering my arm I pick at my fingernails.
“Well, you do irritate me.”
“Yeah, but did I annoy you when I was alive?”
I think about that for a second. “No, I suppose not. It’s hard to annoy someone who doesn’t even orbit the same planet as you. Or maybe you’re just annoying dead?”
He smirks, “Well I never had any complaints while I was alive so, maybe. Then again, maybe you just bring out the best in me.”
I pucker. That’s entirely possible.  Lord knows Carlos has called me abrasive more than once.
Changing the subject I stab a piece of chicken and hold it out to Logan.
“Ok, experiment time.”
He looks around the fork at me like I’ve lost my mind.
“Lick it.” I say.
“You lick it.”
I sigh, “Seriously. If we are going to work with the whole ghost thing, I’d like to know the rules. I want to see if you can taste it.”
“Why? Are you planning on having me lick things often?”
I thrust the fork forward, “Just do it.”
Reluctantly he leans forward and sticks out his tongue, making a licking sound like a dog.
“Anything?” I ask hopefully.
“Maybe just a little? But I might just be smelling it through my mouth.”
“Huh.”
I stare at the fork for a second, debating whether to eat it or put it back in the box. I mean, he didn’t get his germs on it or anything, did he? Do ghosts even have germs? Ghost cooties?
He’s watching me with an amused expression. I shrug and take the bite, stuffing the empty fork back in the carton. He grins, obviously pleased.
 

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About the Author:

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2014 with a second book in that series to follow. Her newest YA steampunk novel, Extracted: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is due for release in 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing.
 
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Sherry, Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? For sure. I’ve been a monster reader since I was five. Writing was just the next step in the evolution.
  2. What is your favorite color? Black. Honestly. I like dark brown too.
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in Oklahoma, but I grew up a military kid so we moved all over. I consider Virginia ‘where I grew up’ because we were there the longest. But I’m a Colorado transplant now.
  4. What is your favorite football team? The Cowboys and the Broncos. Because I hate winning, lol.
  5. Who is your favorite author? It varies. I really like Sherilynn Kenyon.
  6. What is your favorite book? Again, depends on my mood.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? Movies, TV, cosplay, conventions, pub trivia. Anything nerdy, and I’m into it.
  8. Do you have a day job as well? No, lucky for me writing is my day job. Well, that and keeping the family fed, watered, and moving in the correct direction.
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? If you can see yourself being really happy doing something else, then go do that. If not, then just keep writing!
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? Depends on the day. There’s this hour, where you’ve just finished writing a book, before the edits start, before you stress about selling it. I call it the golden hour. It’s the absolute best gift you could get.
  11. Where do you write? My office mostly. But sometimes at Starbucks or Mc Donalds for a change of scenery.
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? White noise. Sometimes music, sometimes just a humming fan. But I need sound. That’s the mom in me. Quiet=something’s wrong.
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Diet Dew or tea. Depends on the project. Monster Ultra when editing, cut with 50% blueberry pom juice.
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? It’s really hard to get to the point where you actually see results. Where people are really reading your books and giving you feedback, where you are getting decent royalty checks or people recognize your name. It’s hard to be patient and just keep writing to that point. And it’s really hard to feel successful. It’s like, there’s always MORE you can do. It’s never just enough.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I started the book mid October and finished mid November. It’s 31 days start to finish. The fastest I’ve ever written a book. I think it’s because the story just rolled out.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? Ben Stone for Logan, for sure. And for Zoe, I dunno. Maybe Crystal Reed? She was great in Teen Wolf.
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? Zoe, probably not. She’s much too cool for me, lol.
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I have tried just about everything, but somehow noting seems to beat the good old fashioned word of mouth recommendation. Though, I will say that FB’s new post promotion advertising is really effective.
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? Of this book, not much actually. Everyone seems to genuinely enjoy it. I mean, it’s a ghost story. I wasn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, plot wise, but it is defiantly the most fun you will have reading a ghost story. EVER.
  20. What has been the best compliment? “I laughed till I peed myself, then cried till I threw up.” Yeah, that was pretty epic.
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? There’s defiantly a kernel of reality in there, at the very beginning. It gives me the best foundation to build on. From there, sky’s the limit.
  22. How did you come up with the title? It is LITERALLY what the book is about. It’s about Zoe losing Logan.  No brainer.
  23. Will there be a sequel? There is a short prequel novella, that’s free, called Haunting Zoe. It’s basically the first few chapters written from Logan’s POV. I wanted fans to be able to really see Logan and where he was coming from when the story really begins.
  24. What project are you working on now? I’m working on book 2 in the Stolen Empire series. It’s a YA Historical Fiction based on the life of a teenage Catherine the Great. Book one, The Queen of Someday, will be released in October from Clean Teen Publishing.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? I think you got it all, lol. But I would like to thank the readers! Without dedicated readers who share the word about our books, we would never get anywhere at all, so THANKS!

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and _trust the dead guy

Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • GRAND PRIZE: Reader’s choice of Clean Teen Publishing eBook, a bookmark swag pack and a $15 Amazon gift card.
Giveaway is International.

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3 Comments

  1. Pingback: LIVE Book Tour - Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin

  2. Great interview! :)

  3. Donna @ BookPforLife says:

    Losing Logan sounds like an amazing read – something I would really enjoy. Thanks for putting this book on my radar!

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