Today Joy Preble, author of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE, is stopping by to talk about her new book! (Which sounds totally awesome, by the way.)
First I need to explain that THE SWEET DEAD LIFE originated in a sentence or two long idea from my Soho Press editor, who emailed me and my agent one day in May 2011 and said essentially, “Hey. I’m starting a brand new imprint called Soho Teen and I want to work with you again. Do you think you could write a novel about a stoner dude who bites the dust in a Prius accident and comes back as his sister’s guardian angel and solves a mystery? And I said, OH YES! And then I said, hey, can I set this book in Houston, TX? And he said, why don’t you write some sample chapters. And I said, okay. And then he said, “I love this.” And eventually it became the book you will see on May 14th, 2013 and the sequel (THE A WORD) you will see in May 2014. The only difference being (and here I hope he is not reading this), that he also said, we could call it PLOP! Which we absolutely did not because I said that was a deal breaker, but which sort of made sense since back then we were pitching TSDL as FALLEN meets VERONICA MARS meets PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and other Judd Apatow movies.
That said, I seriously loved this idea. And the more we talked about it and have continued to talk about it as I wrote the sequel, the more we both fell into serious adoration of this novel that let me deal with issues of good and evil and destiny and family and siblings and love. Plus breakfast tacos, kolaches, Aggie football tradition and philosophy, unlikely heroes and how just because the Crocs kiosk is still open in the mall doesn’t mean anyone has to shop there. And other cool stuff like that. Also the opportunity to set a novel on the ‘wrong side of the freeway’ in the northern ‘burbs of Houston and all that this entailed was highly appealing. Because I knew that editor Dan probably envisioned TSDL as taking place in Brooklyn or some generic suburb that was probably in Connecticut. Or something like that. Not in a place where Olive Garden is always packed. Getting to write where I live and breathe on a daily basis was HIGHLY APPEALING.
As you can tell, I LOVE this novel! And oh how I hope you all do, too!!
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