WINNER: Lindy Gomez
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1. For those who aren't familiar with you and your books, tell us a little bit about yourself.
People often assume because I was a writer I must have studied English in college. But actually, that’s not the case. I studied Economics! I thought I wanted to be an important business woman. But it turned out it wasn’t for me. I quit my job as a financial analyst for MGM Studios in Los Angeles about 7 years ago pursue my childhood dream of becoming an author. I’ve written three contemporary YA books. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father is the most recent. I love humorous novels so I try to put as much comedy into mine as I can. But I also love stories with heart, so I try to get some of that in there too.
2. What inspired you to write 52 Reasons to Hate My Father?
Actually it’s kind of a funny story. I was sitting in my car, watching a meter maid write someone a parking ticket and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to be a meter maid? But only for like a week. Just to see what it was like.” Then I started to brainstorm all these other jobs I’d like to do for one week. And I decided, “Well, I’m too busy writing novels to actually do all these jobs, so I guess I’ll just have to write a book about someone else who does them.” And then I tried to think of the funniest character to put in that kind of situation and the answer was instant: a spoiled heiress who has never had to work a day in her life. And alas, Lexington Larrabee was born. But really the joke’s on me, because in researching the story, I actually did take on some of the jobs that are in the book! My favorite was working the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. Those head-sets you have to wear are like something out of Star Trek!
3. What was the most challenging part for you writing 52 Reasons to Hate My Father?
I think the biggest challenge was making sure that Lexi was a real and relatable character. Which was hard because she’s an heiress who’s about to inherit 25 million dollars (not exactly something we can all relate to, at least I can’t!) and she’s pretty much a spoiled brat from the moment you meet her! But I wanted to explore what it would be like to grow up with that much wealth and never know anything different. I imagine it’s oftentimes not as glamorous as it sounds and that’s what I wanted to portray. Although the idea of placing a spoiled heiress in all of these low-wage jobs is humorous, it’s only natural that Lexi would learn something from the experience and when I set out to write the book, I wanted to make sure that she grew in the process.
4. Which character would you say is a lot like you?
The character that’s most like me is definitely Maddy from The Karma Club. She and I are SO similar! We’re both very organized, studious, and like to be in control at all times. The fact that she concocts a plan to take Karma into her own hands because she doesn’t think it’s doing a good enough job on its own is something I totally would do! I’m a bit of a control freak. I never trust anyone to do anything for me. I always insist on doing it myself. So I suppose that would also apply to mystical forces of the universe!
5. If you could pick one song to match your main characters life, what song would that be, and why?
“She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summers because, well, Lexi does work VERY hard for a LOT of money!
6. What can we expect next from you?
Last year I signed a four book deal with my publisher, Macmillan Children’s, and I just turned in the first of those books! It’s the first installment in a new YA sci-fi/thriller trilogy called UNREMEMBERED. It’s about a sixteen-year-old girl who wakes up among the wreckage of a devastating plane crash. She’s the only survivor but she has no memories and identity. The only clue to her past is a mysterious boy who claims they were in love and that she was part of a top secret science experiment. It’s kind of like a Bourne Identity for teens. I’m really excited about it because the genre is totally new to me and writing the first book was so much fun! Plus, it’s my first crack at writing a series so that presents a whole new set of fun challenges. The first book is set to release in early 2013.
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About 52 Reasons to Hate My Father...
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.
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