24 May 2012

Pretty Amy Blog Tour: An Interview with @LisaBurstein!


I'm super lucky to be a part of the Pretty Amy blog tour! Today I have the author, the fabulous Ms. Lisa Burstein, stopping by to answer a few of my pressing questions about her awesome book! (Lisa's answers are in italics, questions in bold.)

The first thing that really struck me about Pretty Amy was how FUNNY it was at points. There were so many genuine laugh-out-loud moments! I loved it! If you have to pick one funny/snarky line that's your favorite, what would it be?

There are so many, but I love, "If bitching were karate, my mother would be a black belt."

Bahahahaha. I loved that line too. :)

If Amy had a theme song (like I'm sure many of us have imagined ourselves having at some point), what do you think it would be?

Criminal by Fiona Apple

Oh, I LOVE that song, lol! Perfect choice. :)

I thought Pretty Amy tackled a lot of important issues and themes without hitting you over the head with them, which is great in novels for teens. When you were writing Pretty Amy, what was the one thing (or most important thing) that you really wanted to get across to readers? 

That other people feel what they are feeling. I think one of the hardest things about being a teen is how alone you can feel- how you think no one understands you. I want them to know I do.

I always hear about writers having to cut characters during early edits.  Now, Pretty Amy has quite the cast and I thought they were all really great. Were there any unique characters in the first drafts of Pretty Amy that didn't make it into the final version? 

Actually characters were added in, if you can believe it! Aaron and Joe were not in the original version. You can thank my editor for that. :)

Thank you, kind editor, for giving us the boys. :D

Amy struck me as a very realistic young woman.  What would you say was the biggest challenge in crafting her character? (If there was one.) 

To make her likeable, or at least someone you would sympathize with. I am good that the snark, the soft stuff is harder for me.

Who is the one person you are MOST nervous about reading your book? 

My mom! Glad to report, she read it and loved it and still loves me. Now, it would be my husband (I never let him read drafts).

I don't let my husband read anything I write--even my resume. :)

I read/saw somewhere that you're going to be writing a companion novel about Cassie.  Can you tell us anything about that? (I'm excited about it, by the way.) 

Thank you. DEAR CASSIE follows Cassie's post-prom arrest to a rehabilitation retreat in the woods, told in Cassie's irreverent voice via her diary entries.

I can't WAIT for DEAR CASSIE! Thanks so much for answering my questions, Lisa!

Meet Lisa!
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Pretty Amy is her first novel. She never went to her senior prom.

She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.


She was a lot like Amy when she was in high school.


She is still a lot like Amy.

Get your own copy of PRETTY AMY today! 

Be sure to check out the rest of Lisa's awesome blog tour stops!

Monday, April 2nd http://aurorareviewsarchives.blogspot.com/
Monday, April 9th http://rowanknight.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, April 10th  
Wednesday, April 11th http://honestlyya.blogspot.com/
Thursday, April 12th http://leahraemiller.blogspot.com/
Friday, April 13th http://thegrownupya.wordpress.com/
Saturday, April 14th http://www.booklovingme.com/
Sunday, April 15th  http://rachelwritesthings.blogspot.com
Monday, April 16th http://kissedbyink.com/
Tuesday, April 17th http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, April 18th http://krazybooklady.blogspot.com/
Thursday, April 19th http://read-a-holicz.blogspot.com/
Friday, April 20th http://www.hookedtobooks.com/
Saturday, April 21st http://jellylovesbooks.blogspot.com
Sunday, April 22nd http://nookofbooks.blogspot.com/
Monday, April 23rd http://www.booksbesidemybed.com/
Tuesday, April 24th http://www.rachelharriswrites.com/blog/
Wednesday, April 25th http://whatthecatread.wordpress.com/
Thursday, April 26th http://thebookvortex.com/
Friday, April 27th http://bookshelfbanter.com/
Saturday, April 28th
http://www.thefairytalenerd.com/
AND
http://shadowkissedcassie.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 29th  http://mindfulmundanes.blogspot.com/
Monday, April 30th  http://bookbreather4lyfe.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, May 1st http://www.oneadayya.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 2nd http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/
Thursday, May 3rd http://www.leavemommyalone.blogspot.com/
Friday, May 4th http://www.marjoleinbookblog.blogspot.com/
Saturday, May 5th http://everyfreechancebookreviews.blogspot.com/
Sunday, May 6th http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com/
Monday, May 7th http://www.wovenmyst.com/
Tuesday, May 8th http://mandybookwormeng.blogspot.com.br/
Wednesday, May 9th  http://www.ladybugstorytime.blogspot.com/
AND
http://melaniesmusings.net/

Thursday, May 10th http://thebookishbabes.blogspot.com/
Friday, May 11th http://mynotsorealife.blogspot.com/
Saturday, May 12th http://thereviewsofmar.blogspot.com/
Sunday, May 13th  
http://www.twochicksonbooks.com/
AND
http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/p/about-us.html

Monday, May 14th http://BooksandSparkles.Blogspot.com
Tuesday, May 15th http://yastands.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 16th
http://unforgetablebooks.blogspot.com/
Thursday, May 17th   
http://scarletsilhouettes.blogspot.com
AND
http://www.yareads.com/
Friday, May 18th http://marilynalmodovar.blogspot.com/
Saturday, May 19th  http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/
Sunday, May 20th http://citrusreads.blogspot.com/
Monday, May 21st http://readeroffictions.blogspot.com
Tuesday, May 22nd http://yascavengerhunt.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 23rd http://jana-thebookgoddess.blogspot.com/
Thursday, May 24th http://readinginthecorner.blogspot.com/
Friday, May 25th http://wefancybooks.blogspot.com
Saturday, May 26th  http://aandhowareyou.blogspot.com/
Sunday, May 27th http://www.readandrepeat.co.uk/
Monday, May 28th http://awordsworth.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, May 29th http://www.thereadersden.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 30th http://snarkymamma.blogspot.com/
Thursday, May 31st http://inthenameofbooks.blogspot.com/
Friday, June 1st http://mtgreviews.wordpress.com/
AND
http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com/

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