Saturday, March 2, 2013
REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY
by Elizabeth Eulberg
5 lucky winners will receive a free signed copy on Friday, March 8, 2013!
About the Book:
Everybody loves Lexi. She’s popular, smart, funny…but she’s never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).
Lexi’s sick of it. She’s sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She’s sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She’s sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she’s sick of having all of her family’s money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.
The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren’t going to know what hit them. Because Lexi’s going to play the beauty game—and she’s in it to win it.
Check out our Exclusive Interview with the Author Here!
1) What did your friends and family think when you said you were going to write your first book, if indeed you DID tell people? Or, did you wait until after you had been accepted and your book was to be published before you told anyone?
I was terrified to tell people I was writing a book. Plus it took me nearly five years to get my first book, The Lonely Hearts Club, into good enough shape to be sent out to publishers. It was fear of failure that kept me from spilling the beans. It wasn't until we had our first official offer that I finally started telling people. My parents were shocked to say the least, not only that I'd written a book, but that I could keep something that huge secret for so long!
2) Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is a great title! Who came up with it? Was it the original title or did it change along the way?
When I came up with the idea for the book it started with this idea of writing about a girl labeled as having "great personality." I thought it would be fun to have that in the title, so I kept referring to the book as "something like Revenge of the Girl with Great Personality" because I thought there was no way I'd be able to keep the title - it's too long! But everybody loved the title (as do I) so it stayed, but I do have to pay for it every time I try to talk about the book on Twitter!
3) No matter how many books you write, I’m sure each one has it’s own challenges. How was this book more challenging to write than your others? How was it easier?
I did really struggle a lot at the beginning of writing this book as I was combining two book ideas into one book. I originally had the idea about the "great personality" and came up with an outline. Then was casually chatting with my editor about how I had become obsessed with shows like Toddlers & Tiaras and I really wanted to write a book about being a teen in a family obsessed with pageants. My editor called me the next morning and said, "You need to add that to the great personality idea!" I'm so glad I did because both basic ideas deal with the issues of what beauty is, but it was really hard making the two ideas work. I'll admit there were tears a few times along the way, but I think the book is better for it.
4) Do you follow any specific rules or guidelines while writing?
My biggest rule is to SIT DOWN AND WRITE. That may seem like an obvious one, but nobody is going to write that book except for you. I hear from so many aspiring writers about wanting to write and there are always excuses (I don't know what I'm doing, I don't have time, etc.). I had no clue what I was doing when I wrote my first book and it took me five years and 17 drafts, but I didn't give up. I kept at it. I have that attitude with every book I write. I give myself a goal for the day or week, and I get it done (there are some exceptions to that, but it's pretty rare, especially as I have deadlines now!). I'm a big believer in just getting things down and then going back and revising. Some people revise as they go, it's what works best for you. But you're not going to figure out what works best for you if you don't SIT DOWN AND WRITE.
5) Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, what do you like to listen to?
I always listen to music when I write (or do pretty much anything). When I wrote The Lonely Hearts Club I listened only to the Beatles. Now when I write, I listen to music that I'm really familiar with so it's not too distracting: Death Cab for Cutie, Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Snow Patrol, Ingrid Michaelson, Bon Iver, Ed Sheeran, etc.
About the Author:
Elizabeth Eulberg is no stranger to girls who are stuck with the “great personality” label and the fact that happiness is the biggest revenge. She is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom and Prejudice, and Take a Bow, as well as this book. Which is four more books than any of her failed crushes have ever managed to write. Visit the author online at: www.ElizabethEulberg.com
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