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Meet AJ Lape Author of:

Tell us a little bit about your book(s) and yourself.
I live in Cincinnati with my husband, two daughters, a hamster and an ADHD dog. My daughters are entering puberty, which pretty much means I need an intravenous nerve pill at all times. At least I hope it’s puberty—otherwise, they might legitimately be crazy. I’m a creature of habit. I have a Coke every day at 9:30AM come rain or shine. Then if the day is really stressful, I’ll have another before bedtime and anytime in
between that I can convince myself it’s not bad for me. I like to think I’ve got a healthy sense of humor. I figure I only have so many days on this Earth, so you might as well make the best of them and find something to laugh about. I write the Darcy Walker Series, which is technically a YA mystery, mixed with a little bit of romance. The audience, thankfully, spans beyond the YA label. Darcy Walker is everything I wished I would’ve been at her age, even amidst all of her faults. She’s a go-getter, tenacious, and a Pit Bull on a bone when she wants something. And she never takes “no” for an answer. If you read the Darcy Walker Series, you’re going to discover a girl that no one bets on, but she becomes the unlikely hero because she refuses to give up. And hopefully you walk away with a friend because Darcy brings you some laughs.

When was your first book published?
Grade A Stupid was the first book published in November 2012. It is book one in the Darcy Walker Series, followed by No Brainer, book two.

Why did you decide to become an Indie Author?
Hey, I never really set out to be anything and was pleasantly surprised when Darcy found such a loyal following. I did, however, feel like I had
a story that was begging to be told. I didn’t necessarily set out to be a writer, either, although I come from an English and Journalism background. In fact, up until “Edward” (seriously, he needs no last name), the extent of my reading was all of the intellectual articles in People magazine. I started writing on Friday, 13th She hasn’t quit talking sense.

Are you currently working on anything?
Editing 100 Proof Stud, book three in the Darcy Walker, Series.

Who and what inspired you to write?
My daughters inspire me. Memories of torturous situations during the teenage years inspire me. LOL. I like psycho shows on cable with bizarre villains, but I like to write mostly about people that persevere, who laugh when they’d rather cry, and who are overcomers—even when the odds are stacked against them.

Each author has his or her own inspiring journey. How did you begin writing?
I started writing on Friday, 13th. That was a particularly crappy day—like an episode for E True Hollywood Stories—and I picked up my laptop and Darcy presented herself.

What is on your writing playlist for your book(s)?
Whatever is in the Top 40 at the time, most usually. Lots of JT, Ke$sha, Katy Perry, Eminem, but then I like classic stuff like Twisted Sister,
Guns ‘N Roses, Chemical Romance, and Queen, too. It really depends on the feel of that particular book. Darcy’s brain is all over the place and her music is just as eclectic.

Who is your favorite character in your books?
Oh, jeez, I love all of them. But I really do enjoy writing the interaction between Darcy and Dylan—Vinnie is a really, really close second.

What is your favorite book of all time?
Oh. My. I’m not sure I can really answer this. I love so many. As far as favorite book, I’d have to say The Bible. My favorite series, hands down, is Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Books. She can do alpha like no other, but I’ve recently discovered Kristen Ashley and Lilliana Hart who keep me laughing.

Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books.
Everything you thought you knew about a YA mystery, Darcy Walker will shoot to heck and back, making you pee your pants in the in-between times.:)


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