Amy Holder, who's book I've been looking forward to for a long time. Before we meet Amy though, here is a bit about The Lipstick Laws(don't you just love that title?!).
At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone's life as easily as snapping her perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her.
For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. With zero friends and nothing close to a boyfriend, April is so unpopular, kids don't know she exists. That is, until Britney notices her. One lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity.
But Britney's friendship comes with a price tag. How much is April willing to pay?
Amy: Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Heather! I love that you appreciate my interest in silly comedies and psychology! I think both of these interests definitely helped me while writing The Lipstick Laws. I've always been fascinated by human behavior and am naturally a people watcher... don't be scared... I'm not talking about stalking people from treetops with high-power binoculars. I've just always been interested in social psychology and observing interactions. This naturally led to studying psychology in college, and I think it's also a key factor in helping me with my writing and character building. I believe good writers have to be good observers. As far as comedy goes, I love humor and always like to add it to my writing. So yes, I believe you'll see my love of comedies and laughing reflected in the story.
I couldn't agree with you more! Though I don't use binoculars for research either. Nope, not at all (hides binoculars). So tell me, what was your favorite part of writing this novel?
Amy: I just had a lot of fun writing this novel! I was able to let loose and have fun with the characters and their interactions, use humor as much as I wanted, and write the story that I think would be entertaining to read. At the time, I had no clue if it would be published or not, so I was able to write for myself without any pressure. And I was able to write a lot of it in my pajamas to boot! Pajamas always make everything more fun...and comfy.
It really shows in a good way when an author writes freely without thinking of the market. Is there anything juicy you can tell us about The Lipstick Laws that we may not know from your website?
Amy: One secret that I have not shared yet is that Britney originally had a different first name. I’m not going to say what that name was because I have a relative with the same first name. Of course, I originally chose the name because I thought it was perfect for a pretty, popular teen girl…not because of my relative. Just to be safe and to avoid any familial hurt feelings, I changed her name to Britney during the editorial process. I would never want the relative in question (who is very sweet, I should add) to think I named such a vile character after her.
LOL! Yeah that wouldn't be good. Because I know my readers will love your writing so much, what do you have in store for us after The Lipstick Laws?
Amy: I hope I’ll have a lot in store! Right now, I’m working on a few different projects. The one closest to being finished is a YA contemporary novel with a bit of a paranormal twist. I’m also contemplating a sequel to The Lipstick Laws. Hopefully more stories in other genres and age groups will be in my future as well.
Both sound excellent! I do love a good paranormal read. Which character was the most fun, interesting, or challenging to write and why?
Amy: I have to confess that Britney was pretty fun to write in a slightly twisted way. She’s so very mean and I like to think I’m the opposite of that… so I felt sort of like an actor getting to play the villain when I was writing her character. April was very fun to write as well because we share a similar sense of humor. April’s character was also one of the more challenging ones to write because it was tricky to balance her flaws and likable qualities at times.
Hey, no judging here. It's fun to be the bad chick once in a while, even if it is just in fiction. ;) Any closing thoughts to leave us with?
Amy: I just want to thank you so much for the interview, Heather! Your support of new authors is really appreciated. And thanks to everyone else who has been so enthusiastic and supportive about my debut! It means the world to me.
You're very welcome Amy because great authors like you mean the world to me. Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Okay readers click on over to Amy's site to learn more about her and her books and because it is far too clever and cute not to check out. Then be sure to order The Lipstick Laws here!