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Kimberly Pauley, author of Sucks to Be Me (September 10-24)

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Sep 10, 2008, 10:54am Top

Join us here to talk to Kimberly Pauley, author of Sucks to Be Me. She'll be on LibraryThing to discuss her work and answer questions through September 24th.

Sep 10, 2008, 12:55pm Top

You posted a message to me about: Judith O'Reilly Author Chat

Is this the place? It doesn't look like it. Thanks for telling me about it, I'll look for you to hel me find the right place. TogetherForGood (Angie)

Sep 10, 2008, 1:05pm Top

Hi Everyone! I'm happy to answer anything you want to throw at me! :-)

Sep 10, 2008, 1:07pm Top

Hi Angie, I believe the Judith chat is located at http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=45268


Sep 10, 2008, 2:45pm Top

Hi Kim!
Loved Sucks to be me!! :)

I've heard you are writing a sequel.... Any idea when it'll be out, so I can mark my calendar? As Mira has already decided to become a vampire, can we guess that this book will focus more on her adventures as a vampiress? Please say that George is in this book!

Sorry to focus all my questions on the next book, but I'm really looking forward to it!


Sep 10, 2008, 3:06pm Top


I'm with Brenda. I'd love to know if there is any plan to right a sequel. I lo-o-o-o-ved "Sucks to be me." I'm a total sucker for George. I hope they end up together. Kim you rock! I hope to read more of your writing. Congrats on the baby!

Kristin (Future YA author)

Sep 10, 2008, 4:25pm Top

Hi Brenda & Kristin :-)

I'm working on the sequel now, but honestly have no idea when it would be coming out for a couple of reasons...1) I'm not done writing it yet ;-) and 2) my publisher (Mirrorstone, which is part of Wizards of the Coast) recently got a new CEO and they've announced that they plan to focus more on their traditional Dragonlance works rather than individual standalone series/stories. My editor said not to lose all hope of a sequel tho...but I think basically it will come down to how the book does on whether or not they'll want to pick up the sequel. Of course, it *always* comes down to that, but even more so now.

So, if you loved STBM, please feel free to email them (mirrorstone@wizards.com) and tell 'em how much you want to see a sequel! :-) Every bit of support will really count for the sequel this time around!

And George is definitely in the sequel. I do love George! He actually started out as a really minor character and then just kind of took over. I love his sense of humor and his smiles. Though he might have a bit of competition...

Sep 10, 2008, 4:26pm Top

Oh, and thanks about the congrats on the baby! He's a cute little bugger! He had his 6 month checkup today (ugh, 4 shots!). I can't believe he's already half a year old!

Sep 10, 2008, 4:29pm Top

Just realized I really only answered half of your questions, Brenda.

The second book focuses on a few things (slight spoilers ahead)...

The VRA re-locating the Hamiltons, Mina's senior year, some "continuing education" vampire lessons (and perhaps the discovery of a new talent or two), relationship drama, and a big conundrum with Serena.

Sep 14, 2008, 9:57am Top

Not counting Mina - because it's fairly obvious - how did you come up with the names for the other characters? Does it have to do with meaning? I.e. Edward from the Twilight books means "Wealthy protector"?

Sep 15, 2008, 10:25pm Top

Good question! :-) Yep, some of the names did have a meaning, some "real" some just my own take. (warning to those who haven't read the book; possible spoilers)

For instance, Aubrey comes from French/German and means Elf or Supernatural Power. In my first outline, he was a little more otherworldly and more of a potential guy for Mina.

Serena means Tranquil (from the Latin); I wanted her to be kind of a balancer for Mina; someone to calm her down. Not that she always acts in that way, but who does?

George is a more personal one for me (the real meaning is "tiller of the land" which doesn't do a whole lot for me!). When I was in middle school / high school, I had an old manual typewriter, the kind with the keys that go clickety-clack. I called my typewriter George, probably because of the old Bugs Bunny cartoon (George mentions this in the book b/c of his IM screen name). I loved that typewriter. And George started out as an incidental character and he ultimately became very important...who knows, maybe it was because of his name!

Uncle Mortie was always Uncle Mortie to me; I honestly don't know why. He just sprang forth fully developed in all his...um, glory. The same for Lorelai (though interestingly...I just looked it up and it means basically one of the sirens from Greek Mythology).

The name Nathan means "A Gift" or "He Gave" from the Hebrew. I think that kind of fits him...he's almost too good to be true.

I try with most characters to have some kind of meaning behind their names, even if it is really only obvious to myself. And right now (until Sept 21) I have a contest on my blog to name the new "mean girl" in Mina's life in the sequel :-) I've gotten in some interesting suggestions so far!

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