Next stop on the 2009 Debs Blog Tour is with Jennifer Jabaley and her book LIPSTICK APOLOGY. Before we jump into the interview I want to ask you guys a question about her lovely cover---
Doesn't this girl look like the blond chick from Dawson's Creek? The one who was married to Heath Ledger? Ok, had to get that out of my system. Now onto the book.
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.
KRISTINA: What's your very favorite thing about your book (Certain chap? Scene? Cover?)
JENNIFER: I love the cover - I think they did a fantastic job. And I'm very partial to the ending.
KRISTINA: Where do you do most of your writing?
JENNIFER: When I wrote LIPSTICK APOLOGY I did most of my writing while my son napped, so I worked at the kitchen table, or sometimes, if it was pretty, outside. Now that my son no longer naps and I have a baby girl as well, I have a babysitter come. I've been going to a German Bakery in town that has big wooden tables, great, strong coffee and awesome pastries.
KRISTINA: What's the naughtiest thing you did in high school that you DIDN'T get caught doing (Fess up now!)
JENNIFER: Hmm, I was mostly a good girl, but one time my best friend and I decided to skip school. We were going to hang out at my house, and it just so happened my mom stayed home that morning! So we didn't know what to do! We wound up going to my neighbor's house and waiting in the garage until my mom left. The entire time we were freaking out that the neighbor would come home and we'd get in trouble. See, I'm just not cut out to break the rules :)
KRISTINA: What did you do on the release day of LIPSTICK APOLOGY?
JENNIFER: I visited all the bookstores within driving distance of my house and just generally freaked out that my book was on their shelves.
KRISTINA: What's your favorite coffee drink? (If you don't like coffee, WHY NOT?! Really, what do you like to drink then while you're writing?)
JENNIFER: I love Caramel Macchiatos. Love regular coffee with french vanilla cream. But actually my favorite Starbucks drink is their hot chocolate. Yum!
KRISTINA: Thank you Jennifer! And good luck with your book!