Today I have Jennifer Jabaley on the blog! Jennifer is celebrating the debut of her YA novel: LIPSTICK APOLOGY. (Which, btw, I’ve read and is FANTASTIC!!)
You know the routine. . . .
About Lipstick Apology
Four little words written in lipstick mean Emily must say goodbye to everything she knows. Emily Carson has always been a good girl. So when she throws a party the night her parents leave for vacation, she's sure she'll get busted. What Emily doesn't know is that her parents will never return. That their plane will go down. And the only thing left amidst the wreckage will be a tray table with the words: “Emily please forgive me” scrawled in lipstick - her mother's last words.
Now it's fall in New York City and Emily's trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Her public tragedy captures the attention of more than just the media - and soon two very different boys at her new school are pursuing her: the cute, popular Owen, and the quirky chemistry partner slash pastry-baker-by-night, Anthony. But even with such delicious distractions, Emily can't let go of her mother's mysterious apology. Does she have the courage to face the truth?
With help of a whole new kind of family - one that includes a make-up artist to the stars, a teen hand model, and a wacky hairdresser - Emily must choose between the boy who makes her forget it all, and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately, heal.
About Jennifer Jabaley
Jennifer Jabaley was born in New York and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in chemistry and received a doctorate from Southern College of Optometry. A part-time optometrist and mother of two, Jennifer began writing her first novel after a phone call from her sister sparked an idea for a story that lingered in her mind and stirred her creative juices. LIPSTICK APOLOGY will be released in August of 2009 by Razorbill. Jen lives in Blue Ridge, Georgia and is currently at work on her second book.
Ambitious, Right? I envy her!
On to the Interview!
Me: Without giving away too many spoilers, what is your favorite part of the novel/what was the part you had the most fun writing?
Jennifer: My favorite part of LIPSTICK APOLOGY is the end. It's sort of cheesy but I love it. Someone told me the ending reminded them of "A Wonder Years" episode and that to me was a huge compliment.
Me: That is a compliment in the highest form! I loved the Wonder Years! I loved the ending of LA, too! What kind of writing projects are you currently working on? Or, if you aren't working on anything new, is there a different demographic/genre you wouldn't mind tackling in the future?
Jennifer: Actually I am crossing into a new genre: I'm working on an adult chick lit novel. I've finished my first draft but have lots of work still left to do!
Me: That is awesome! Good luck! And finally: who is your writing hero and why?
Jennifer: Hmm, that's tough. I'm going with Judy Blume for many reasons. First, she and Beverly Cleary were the first authors I really fell in love with. I devoured their books! But I think Judy Blume is amazing because after all these years her novels still touch upon universal themes of a girl's coming of age. And she really pushed the limits when at that time in publishing many authors were playing it safe. She's been an advocate against book banning and I respect her for that work.
Me: Great choice!
Readers . . . You can visit Jennifer at her home on the web: www.jenniferjabaley.com
And . . . LIPSTICK APOLOGY is officially on sale. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Lipstick-Apology-Jennifer-Jabaley/dp/1595142312/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234903854&sr=8-1
It comes highly recommended by yours truly!!
Jennifer will be chatting with Sydney tomorrow at: http://www.mybignose.blogspot.com
Thank you so much for stopping by, Jennifer!