I hope you are all reading something appropriately chilling.
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.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Girl by Blake Nelson, Anagrams by Lorrie Moore, Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes, Karoo by Steve Tesich, American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.
Inspirations for the book?
Great ‘80s and ‘90s campy vampire flicks like Lost Boys, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Near Dark, and Interview With The Vampire, as well as ‘90s feminist icons like Daria, Clarissa Darling, Kennedy from MTV, Six from Blossom, and Ms. Musso from Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.
Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
Chocolate or Peanut Butter?
Cacao and Almond Butter
The weirdest thing you've ever done?
Open up for Sonic Youth on their Don’t Look Back tour. Trés Weird.
Is there a soundtrack to the book/Favorite music?
’94 awesomeness – Ice Cube, Nas, Tribe Called Quest, Hole, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Notorious B.I.G., Sonic Youth, En Vogue, Digable Planets, Bjork, Crystal Waters, Smashing Pumpkins.
Do you need anything to write?
Kale chips, Kombucha, silk kimono, space heater, and silence.
How long do you write on any average day?
On a good day as long as five hours. On a bad day I’m lucky if I write my name on a store receipt.
Give us the number one reason to read your book.
It’s not at all what you’re expecting…
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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.
Check out 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."