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Some of you may already be familiar with Jeri's books and/or Ciara and Shane but I am sure some of you out there haven't had the pleasure yet! So enjoy the interview, feel free to leave questions for the guests and make sure you enter the contest to win a great package of prizes!
Amber - Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog Ciara & Shane! I think most of my readers already know both of you. Of course Shane is a DJ on WVMP radio and Ciara, you are the brains behind the station?
Ciara: Well, not all the brains.
Shane: Just the brains that are out of the box.
Ciara: That’s kind of gross.
Shane: I meant well.
Amber - So the whole advertisement ploy for the station is that all the DJ's are actually vampires. So lets get the obvious question out of the way already. Shane are you really a vampire? Are any of the DJ's vampires?
Shane: You mean really really? (looks at Ciara, who nods) Sure. I’m really a vampire. All of the DJs are. Wink wink, nudge nudge, right?
Ciara: Ha ha.
Amber - While you both have a working relationship I know you are also a couple outside of work. How long have you guys been together? Is it hard working together and having a relationship?
Ciara: It’s been what, a couple years?
Shane: Two years and twenty-five days.
Ciara: Wait, what do you consider our anniversary?
Shane: The first time we kissed.
Ciara: You bit me, then I hit you and threw you out of my apartment. That doesn’t count.
Shane: The second kiss? That would be two years and twenty-four days. Third kiss, two years and twenty days.
Ciara: No no no. Let’s go with the Fourth of July.
Shane: Which had a total lack of kissing.
Ciara: And biting and hitting, so that’s a bonus.
Shane: Fine. One year, eleven months and twenty-two days.
Ciara: What was the other question?
Shane: If it was hard working together and having a relationship.
Ciara: No—we work completely different hours. I’m a 9-5 human and he’s a, well, a late-night DJ. Shane: But when the station has parties and events—
Ciara: Which we do a lot. WVMP is very community-focused.
Shane: —we hang out together at those.
Ciara: And keep our interactions very professional.
Shane: Yeah, you’d never even know we were a couple.
Ciara: (pauses) Unless you happened to see us in the alleyway between sets.
Shane: Or in the wine cellar at that one place.
Ciara: Two places.
Shane: Three, actually.
Ciara: It was five. (clears throat) So far.
Amber - About 18 months ago you were both in a bit of trouble. Something about a sect? Maybe you can tell my readers a little about that? Wasn't the story made into a book?
Ciara: Um...well, the fictionalized version—and I do mean fictionalized, because if we ever told the real story we’d be in huge trouble—can be found in Bad to the Bone, which just came out last month.
Shane: Yeah, what’s in the book is not what really happened. We had some problems with a certain group pirating our signal.
Ciara: But in the book it’s exaggerated.
Shane: Highly. Highly exaggerated. No one really tried to set us on fire.
Ciara: And we absolutely did not have sex in the studio while he was on the air.
Amber - Any more plans to write about your lives or the lives of the other WVMP vampires?
Ciara: There are at least two more books coming, but they take place in Spring 2010, so Jeri’s basically just making it all up and then I guess we have to live it, rather than the other way around.
Shane: It makes us nervous.
Ciara: Feels too much like predestination.
Shane: Totally bogus.
Amber - Ciara, I hear you recently got a pet. Was that planned? How does that work out with your schedule?
Ciara: Dexter is my—our—new dog. He was a stray, but a very happy accident. He looks scary, but he’s a complete love bug. Unless you’re a stalker, or a landlord.
Shane: He and I keep the same schedule, so I do most of the dog-walking. He’s nocturnal, like a cat. Except he’s a dog.
Ciara: Um, yeah. I have no idea why that is.
Amber - Shane always dedicates songs to you, Ciara. What I would really love to know is what song would you dedicate to him and why?
Ciara: I would send him “Valentine’s Day” by Steve Earle. He’s one of Shane’s favorite singers. The song is about someone who isn’t very sentimental and sometimes forgets things like holidays and, um, birthdays—sorry—and really sucks at talking about feelings, but…well, here are the lines. I can’t sing, so I’ll just say them:
I know that I swore that I wouldn't forget
I wrote it all down: I lost it I guess
There's so much I want to say
But all the words just slip away
The way you love me every day
Is Valentine's Day
Shane: Wow. That was...I’m...
Amber - Shane, you, or so the advertising ploy goes, are stuck in the 90's era of music. Who are your favourites from that era and what new bands/singers have you discovered and enjoy nowadays?
Shane: Well, Nirvana’s the obvious favorite. I also love R.E.M., Green Day, Pixies, Nine Inch Nails, and some lesser known bands like Bikini Kill, L7—all the riot grrrl bands, pretty much. I like a lot of punk, of course. When I’m in a more mellow mood I go for Matthew Sweet, Chris Isaak, Joe Jackson, Kate Bush, folks like that. And Steve Earle, like Ciara said. Oh, and Morphine when I feel like getting really low. And Dead Milkmen when things get silly.
You can hear some of my old favorites on my playlist at WVMPradio.com
As for new music, Ciara got me into Flogging Molly and The Killers and—
Ciara: And the Ting Tings.
Shane: You like the Ting Tings, not me. Too bouncy.
Ciara: I keep hoping you’ll forget. But you discovered some cool bands on your own, too.
Shane: Yes, I’m a big boy now. My recent favorites are Dead Confederate, Elbow, and Black Angels. I guess you’d call them psychedelic grunge. Or maybe I just made that term up. Anyway, they’re cool.
Amber - How are you planning on spending the the upcoming months? Any plans for the future?
Ciara: (crosses fingers) I plan to finally finish college after nine years. If Jeri has horrible things in store for me, they better be after next May, or I swear I’m going on strike.
Shane: Strike? How would that work?
Ciara: I wouldn’t show up for Book Four. You and Dexter could carry the story while I go to class.
Shane: I’m not doing love scenes with Dexter.
Amber - When you both have time to relax. What do you enjoy doing? Any hobbies? Favourite TV series/ Films?
Shane: I’m getting a band together, now that I can finally play that Gibson SG Ciara bought me. We’re looking for name suggestions, if anyone has ideas. It’s a cover band, mostly nineties, some eighties and classic rock thrown in. Just for fun, playing local bars and stuff for beer money.
Ciara: Hmm, hobbies. When I’m not studying or working my butt off for the station, I like to read. The more escapist, the better.
Shane: Ciara made me watch Buffy & Angel. They were awesome. Love the dialogue.
Ciara: But we don’t have HBO, so no True Blood.
Shane: We liked the Star Trek movie.
Ciara: Ooh, yeah. Dr. McCoy is my favorite. He reminds me of Franklin. And a little bit of Shane, when he’s had too much coffee, or not enough, you know. The other stuff.
Amber - You are both stranded on a desert island. What 5 things would you both hope to have with you?
Shane: Do we get ten things altogether? Maybe we should discuss it, plan it out and get back to you.
Ciara: I just need three: a boat, a map, and plenty of gas. Shane, you can have my extra two things.
Shane: Can I be on your boat?
Ciara: Of course.
Shane: Then make it six beers and a very dark tarp. So I don’t get, uh, skin cancer.
Amber - A huge thank you to both of you for taking the time to answer my questions. If you want to find out what Ciara and Shane are up to between books then you can follow them on Twitter!
I will now open the floor to my readers! If you have any questions for Ciara or Shane feel free to ask away!
What can you win? Well the winner will get to choose one of Jeri's books as a prize. Which I will have sent to them as soon as they let me know which one they want. However that isn't all. Jeri will then send the winner a bookplate so the book will be signed, as well as a signed BTTB cover flat and a shiny metal bookmark
with engraved paw prints and quotes about dogs (see picture).
So what do you have to do to win the cool prize package? Tell us about your pets! Funny name, funny kind of pet, interesting story etc. I will leave it up to you guys! But remember - NO Pet = No Entry!
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