December 13, 2011

Interview with Lynn Weingatren

I'm pleased to welcome the author of Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers (read my review here) to the blog!
First here's a little bit about her:
Lynn Weingarten
Author's Bio (from goodreads):
Lynn Weingarten is a writer of YA books, eater of snacks, and friend of dogs. Hello! Her first young adult novel, Wherever Nina Lies (Scholastic Point, 2009) was named an ALA Top Ten Popular Paperback for Young Adults, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, a YALSA Teen's Top Ten Nominee and has been published in German. 

Her second book, The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers (HarperTeen 2011) received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, is on Kirkus's list of Best Teen Books 2011. Before writing full-time Lynn edited and developed young adult and middle grade fiction for Alloy Entertainment.

.You can visit her here:  Goodreads - Twitter -  Website - Facebook - Tumbr 
And on to the interview...

What inspired you to write about a sisterhood of heartbreakers?

A friend of mine was reading a non-fiction book about how to pick up ladies. So I read it too and found it totally fascinating (and also kind of horrible). And that was where this whole thing started.

If The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers was made into a movie, who would you want to play the main roles and why?

Lucy -- Dakota Fanning – I think she’s a fantastic actress.
Olivia -- Kristen Stewart - She seems like she knows things. Also, if she were in this, then maybe all the Twilight fans would come to see it. (And okay, we could give R. Patz a role too).
Gil – Selena Gomez – I’ve actually never seen her in anything except a music video but she’s cute.
Liza - Taylor Swift -- I’m not actually sure she’d make a great Liza since she seems nice, but I really like her and wanted to give her a part!

Favorite movie theater candy?
Milk Duds (but then I hope whoever is next to me gets popcorn and whoever is next to them gets Skittles and that we can all share).

Your biggest pet peeve?
Being overheated.

If The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers had a motto, what would it be?
The people who told you about the world only understood part of the story.

One thing you want readers to take away from reading The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers?

At the risk of sounding terribly corny, I will say this: I feel like we’re all given lots of messages (mostly through advertising, but it comes from other sources too) that suggest we have to spend all day comparing ourselves to other people --you’re only pretty if you’re prettier than someone else and you’re only smart if you’re smarter than someone else, etc etc. But this way of thinking is not only wrong, but it feels really bad to do! So I guess I’m hoping that any readers who think like that might take away from this book the idea that you don’t have to do that. There are other options of how to look at the wor

For anyone who hasn’t read the book that probably sounds like, um, a very random thing for me to hope people get from a book about girls who break boys hearts use their tears to perform magic! But hopefully for anyone who has read it, that will make sense. 

What do you think of that cover?

I absolutely love it. I love it so much, we made the final scene in the book trailer to match: 

Thanks for stopping by, Lynn, you've been a delight!
And now, here's a little bit about The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers:

Release Date ~ December 27, 2011
Publisher ~ HarperTeen
Summary: When her boyfriend breaks up with her on the first day of sophomore year, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life. Enter three stunning girls with a magical offer Lucy can’t refuse. All she has to do is get a guy to fall in love with her in the next seven days, and then…break his heart and collect one of his brokenhearted tears. As the girls teach Lucy how to hook a guy (with the help of a little magic), she quickly discovers how far she is willing to go—and who she is willing to cross—to get what she wants.

Fans of Lauren Myracle, Jodi Lynn Anderson, and Meg Cabot will love this tale of breakups, friendship, new crushes, and magic. Told with wit and charm, The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers is sure to be one of this winter’s most irresistible reads!

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