Please welcome Jennifer Jabaley
, author of the sweet and quirky YA novel LIPSTICK APOLOGY
, which was released earlier this month.About the book:
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.An Interview with Jennifer Jabaley:Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?Jennifer:
I always gravitated (and still do) toward contemporary fiction with a main character that I could relate to. I like characters that are flawed but relatable and I always enjoy humor.
I'm not a huge fan of long descriptive or flowery writing. I'm much more into a page turner.Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?Jennifer:
I think my tastes have stayed the same, although I've branched out into different genres. I've read a lot of memoirs or nonfiction essays (esp humor) recently that I've really enjoyed.Me: What was your favorite part of writing LIPSTICK APOLOGY, and what was the hardest?Jennifer:
I really enjoyed writing the humorous scenes and the dating/romance scenes - they were so much fun! The hardest was the revsions - we decided to condense the first three chapters into a ten page prologue - now that was hard!Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?Jennifer:
All my friends keep trying to find themselves in my characters - but truly they are all just made up! I did however, use real settings in New York City in the story. And also, while writing I had a terrible summer of dental problems which actully found its way into my writing as a subplot!Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?Jennifer:
Exciting would be signing on with my agent and getting the call that we had a publishing house. The scariest is right now - wondering what the reader response will be!Me: What are you working on now?Jennifer:
I'm working on an adult chick lit novel about a girl in college who is having a quarter life crisis.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Jennifer! More interviews to come next month. :)