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Death Becomes Me (Call Me Grim #2)
by Elizabeth Holloway
Publication Date: November 2015
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Libbi and Aaron are Grim Reapers on the run. They may have escaped their hometown of Carroll Falls unscathed, and are together and alive (well, more or less), but they’ll soon find there’s a price to pay. A deadly one.
By escaping Carroll Falls, Libbi and Aaron have broken the Reaper’s covenant with Abaddon, aka Death himself – and now they’re right at the top of Abaddon’s Most Wanted list. There’s nowhere to hide, and not a single person, alive or dead, they can turn to for help.
But just as it's looking like the end of the line, Libbi hears word of a Reaper in hiding – a Reaper who once escaped Abaddon's wrath. Finding this mysterious Reaper might be the perfect solution… if Death doesn’t find them first.
The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake—and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn't shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron's the local Grim Reaper . . . and he only saved Libbi's life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place. And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark . . . but only if she accepts Aaron's job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.
When did you start writing?
I started making up stories as soon as I was old enough to speak (Seriously. Ask my mom). By the time I was in high school I was writing angsty poetry , short stories, and one absolutely awful novel. I didn’t start taking my writing seriously (by seriously I mean with the intent to get published) until I was thirty.
What makes you want to write?
I love it, simply. There is nothing like creating something and sharing it with others.
Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it?
More times than I care to admit. I notice it pops its ugly head up whenever I’m stressed or overwhelmed, which is usually when I have a deadline and REALLY need it to go away. I hate it. So. Much. I haven’t really figured out a way to deal with it, other than to relax, if I can, and just write.
Do you have a special way of going about writing?
Not really. I’m a night nurse, so on my nights off I’m usually up writing until sunrise. Sometimes I need music. Sometimes I need absolute silence. Sometimes I need coffee. Sometimes I need wine. It all depends.
Do you have any works in progress?
I do! I’m about to start working on the third and final book in the Call Me Grim series, which is untitled at the moment. I also have a YA thriller in the works called Drive. It’s about a teen petty thief who finds a girl tied up in the back of a van and decides to follow the van. I hope to have that one finished next year.
What are your hobbies?
When I get the time, I love to hit some karaoke joints and belt out a few tunes. And as a writer, I’m an avid reader. Lately, I’ve taken to listening to audiobooks on my long-as-heck commute to and from work.
How did you choose the character names for Death Becomes Me?
For any of my books, I usually just pick a name off the top of my head. If it doesn’t seem right after a little bit of writing, I’ll change it. For instance, in Death Becomes Me, there is a character named Nicholas. Nicholas started his life has Micah, which didn’t suit him at all.
Who is your favourite character in Death Becomes Me?
Hmm… Other than Libbi and Aaron, which I guess is a given, I’d have to say Bobby. He’s the character you love to hate and it was SO much fun writing him.
How did you get the idea for the Call Me Grim series?
I honestly can’t say where the idea came from. I just remember thinking to myself that being the Grim Reaper would be the suckiest job ever. Then I thought… What if he wanted to quit? What if he wanted to give it to someone else? And the story was born :)
What was your favourite part of writing Death Becomes Me?
Editing. Drafting is grueling and for me, it’s when that ugly monster Writer’s Block likes to show up. Did I mention how much I hate that jerk?
What are you currently reading?
Currently, I’m reading—well, listening to—Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. Such a great series!
What is your favourite book?
There are so many that I love for different reasons. I can say that I’ve read the Harry Potter series several times, which I never, ever do. I usually only read a book once. Of those books, my favorite is Order of the Phoenix.
Who is your favourite author?
So many authors! I can’t decide. Stephen King, maybe. I’ve read almost all of his books.
What is your favourite film?
Ugh! You keep trying to get me to decide! It’s like Sophie’s Choice. (I might have just aged myself with that reference). I loved Pan’s Labyrinth and anytime I’m flipping the channels and see The Shawshank Redemption is on, I stop and watch it.
What is your favourite TV show?
Face Off, the American-Idol-esque show about make-up artists. I love it. I’m an out of practice artist and I love watching those artists work. It brings me right back to when I spent all of my extra time in a studio.
Chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate.
Chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate.
Paperback or ebook? Paperback, though I’ll read anything.
Dogs or cats? Dogs.
Go out or stay in? Hmm… Depends on my mood.
Summer or winter? 100% Summer.
About the Author
Elizabeth Holloway is a writer of young adult fiction living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children and their growing number of pets.
In addition to writing, she is a registered nurse, an avid reader, an out-of-practice artist, a karaoke singer, and music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.
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