M Beth Bloom
1. What is your favorite office supply?
I worship ballpoint pens. I hate any kind of slickness or gel or gooeyness or anything that will smudge.
2. Where is the last place you went on vacation?
I don’t ever vacation; if I travel it’s usually for work. But I did have a day off in Paris this summer and that was pure bliss.
3. Tell us about a time you were surprised.
The other night when Fabio didn’t win the season finale of Project Runway.
4. How many sunglasses do you own?
Actually I just counted. Five. Wish I had fifteen more.
5. Where is the first place you head in the mall?
Barneys Co-Op to try on sunglasses and Helmut Lang pants, or just generally to touch fabrics and act overly friendly to employees.
About Drain You:
Summer. The 90s. The rich, sun-bleached neighborhoods of the Los Angeles canyons. Enter Quinlan Lacey, a cool, bored, sarcastic, sexy 17-year old with a dull part-time video store job and a mild case of teen ennui. That is, until she meets the alluring, River Phoenix-esque James, and realizes the hills are alive with the undead. Inspired more by the early, dry L.A. short stories of Bret Easton Ellis than the current crop of serialized vampire fiction, the supernatural grunge romance, Drain You, narrates the headaches and heartbreaks Quinn undergoes in her quest to stay sane and cool and in love and alive.
About the Author:
Bloom’s first short story “Love And Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape” was featured in Story Quarterly and selected by Dave Eggers for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2003 (Houghton-Mifflin), which he curates annually. Bloom is the founder of underground dance label 100% Silk (profiled here in LA Weekly) AND the producer/lead singer of the band LA Vampires (written up in The Guardian as well as Pitchfork and Fader). Her next book will be published through HarperTeen.
M. Beth lives on the east side of L.A. where she indulges in raw fooding, magazine subscribing, thrift shopping, Sunday matinee’ing, and ladies book clubbing.
Publisher’s Weekly review
“Bloom debuts with a languid, stylish novel that reads like a love letter to cult vampire flicks like The Lost Boys, the work of Francesca Lia Block, and Southern California in the 1990s.”
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