I'm part of the Pretty Amy Blog Tour and today I bring you an Interview with none other than Lisa Burstein today we talk about her journey to publication and more about her book Pretty Amy. So with out further I do, here's Lisa Burstein.
Author Interview with Lisa Burstein
Thank you Lisa for dropping by the blog, How are you doing today?
To start of let’s talk about your journey to publication. How it all started? Was it a rough road? Tell us about it.
Rough, yeah and long. For this book it actually happened fairly quickly within 6-8 months I had an agent and contract, but I've been trying to get published for eight years. I had another agent and two other books that I wrote before I got one published.
When did you realize that you have the passion for writing?
Second grade. I tell this story on my website, but it's true. My first short story was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. I wrote it in second grade and my teacher went nuts for it, because it was so different from what anyone else did. Her approval of my creativity was the start, for sure. But I went to college for writing and also to grad school, so I really, really wanted to make it my career. It still isn't my full-time career, but I'm so glad I have the opportunity to share my work with others.
Let’s talk about your debut novel, who/what inspired you in writing Pretty Amy?
I was arrested during my senior year of high school, not for the same reason Amy was, but that was where the kernel came from. I also knew I wanted to write a "shocking" book from a teenage girl's point of view. I feel like you can get away with your character being a murderer, or a jerk, or just a smart ass more easily if your book isn't contemporary and I wanted to try to break that mold with PRETTY AMY. I also wanted to write a contemporary YA book that was about what real teens go through. I feel like teenage girl's lives are complex and I hoped to show that in PRETTY AMY.
What message do you want to convey in writing this novel?
I write YA because I felt like I still had all these things to say from when I was a teenager that I never got a chance to say. I also feel like teens need books in a way adults don't. At least I know I did, I looked to books to help me make sense of what I was feeling. I guess I hope teens will use PRETTY AMY in the same way.I was a lot like Amy. Just like her I had such a desire to belong, to fit in, to have people who understood me. I wanted that so badly and I guess I never felt like adults understood that. It was most of the reason I wrote PRETTY AMY. If I'd had it when I was in high school I feel like I would have been able to understand my feelings better. I wouldn't have felt so alone. That feeling was something I never admitted to anyone, not even my friends and I want to let teens know it's okay to feel lonely even surrounded by friends and family.
What do you think is the edge of Pretty Amy among other novels?
I think it's edgy because it's true. One of the things I pride myself on in my writing is not holding back. I say things that make people uncomfortable, but I think that's what writing it about.
Any last message you want to tell our readers? Please invite them to read Pretty Amy!
Just that I hope they enjoy reading PRETTY AMY as much as I enjoyed writing it.
About the Book
by Lisa Burstein
Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary YA
“A coming-of-age story without the comfort of padding…a relatable and compelling character [with] a lot of wonderful snark.” —New York Journal of Books
Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx—Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing—like she is nothing.
Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.
About the Author
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