Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Women Writers of Color: Dia Reeves

Full Name: Dia Reeves

Birth date: November 27, 1977 (Sagittarius, baby!)

Location: Texas (No, I do not wear cowboy boots or a cowboy hat.)

Genre: YA paranormal

WiP or most recently published work: BLEEDING VIOLET (It released January 5, 2010 from Simon Pulse.)

How frequently do you update your site?
Whenever I feel like it/remember to/am bored.

Is your site designed for reader interaction?

People can comment, send me an email. On the Contact page I tell everyone if they really wanna know what I'm up to, to find me on Twitter or Facebook.

Post of note, something in particular you want readers to check out

The F.A.Q. page. Please PLEASE before you email me, read it first so that I don't have to say, yet again, that there's no sequel to BLEEDING VIOLET. Think of my carpal tunnel syndrome and have pity!

100 words or less, how would you describe your work?

Weird, dark, sexy, unapologetic. You know how some people write books that are uplifting and family-friendly? I write the opposite of that. You have been warned, people. Mwahahaha!

100 words or less please share your thoughts on the following: POC in YA fantasy/sci fi

Ain't a whole lot, is there? Other than stuff by Nancy Farmer and Nnedi Okorafor. And me. I don't know why. But I loved dark, creepy stuff growing up, and I'm glad to be in a position to show POCs kicking monster butt and taking names! Instead of, you know, being the first ones to get killed. ;) Hanna's not biracial for a reason-she is who she is. However, her being Finnish came about because there are a lot of Finns where I live. It was just a detail I remembered and built on. :D

Anything else you want to share with CO readers?

I'm really glad to see the positive response and attention BLEEDING VIOLET is getting. Just in case anyone is thinking that a YA paranormal with a POC character (right smack on the front cover at that) doesn't sell as well as other books, I'm glad to stand as an example of how wrong those people are. ;)

Thank you so much for this interview Dia. I just read Bleeding Violet and it's unique and wholly amazing! Plus, the cover is gorgeous. Read Ah Yuan's review of Bleeding Violet. Thank you, Dia, for writing books where POC are kicking major butt and exploring new worlds and allowing readers to escape into a world so different from their own. Also, everyone should check out Dia's website. She's funny, sarcastic and she spotlights lots of movies and songs that fly under the radar. A very cool website, and she coined one of my FAVORITE quotes "The part of me that's cool doesn't manifest itself in any visible way; it's all internal. I wear my cool on the inside; that's why my hands are so cold."


tanita davis said...

I read this in my reader - and it's a great mini-interview!! Double-check the site, though; it's invisible for some reason...

Can't wait to read this book, and the author sounds like a total hoot.

Carleen Brice said...

Great interview! I was able to read it fine on your site.

jennysbooks said...

Love this interview! I can't view it on your site either for some reason, though yeah, it worked in Google Reader. Bleeding Violet's on my TBR list and I can't wait to read it!

campbele said...

What a nice interview! I love the self description of the works! Haven't read it *yet. Am wondering if there's a touch of humor to it?

MissAttitude said...

@tanita-Thanks for pointing that out! It's been fixed :)

@Carleen-Thanks (well thank yous should go to Dia for agreeing to do the interview). How odd that some people could read it and others could't.

@Jenny-I'm just glad people could see it in Google Reader until I got a chance to fix it. Yes, yes, read BV asap!

@campbele-Dry humor, wit and sarcasm. Not laugh out loud funny though (well I suppose it depends). It's so great, read it!!

lauramanivong said...

Dia rocks! Love her attitude!

nathaliemvondo said...

Thanks for showcasing her, Ari! I remember reading a review of Bleeding Violet.

I love her comment about books with PoC on cover selling well! :D