Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Epic Fail Character Interview with Elise

Today, we have Elise from Claire LaZebnik's newest novel, Epic Fail here with us for a fun interview. We hope you enjoy it!

1. If you had to choose, would you rather stay in L.A. or move back to Massachusetts? 

Massachusetts is home to me in a way LA will never be.  I will always be a stranger in a strange land in California.  On the other hand . . .  there have been some changes in my life recently that makes me want to stick around in LA for a while.  Let’s just say it’s grown on me.

What’s cool is that, with college around the corner, I can look at schools on either coast and know that I’d feel more or less at home in any of them.  No matter what, I see myself traveling around a lot before I settle down anywhere permanently.

2. What is the best thing about having 3 sisters?

You’re never alone.  That’s also, admittedly, the worst thing about having three sisters, like when you’d like to use the bathroom and someone’s always in there, or you can’t find a single quiet place in the house to talk to a friend or you can’t find that nice new tank top you just bought for yourself and then you see it walking out the door on your little sister’s torso.  But the truth is, when you move across the country and don’t know anyone, it’s nice to feel like there’s someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through.  And when your parents are as nutty as ours, you need someone to vent with.  If I’d been an only child, I’d have lost my mind by now.

3. Having strict parents can be hard at times, but knowing they care is probably a wonderful feeling. What advice can you offer to other teenagers who have parents that are like yours?

Advice?  Not just my condolences?  

Grin and bear it, I guess.  What choice have you got?

No, I know my parents mean well and are just trying to keep me safe.  I guess I’d say to other people dealing with parents like mine, earn their trust by being as responsible as you can, and you’ll probably gain more freedom over time.  And remember that soon you’ll go off to college and be completely responsible for yourself.  And you might even miss their interfering once you’re all on your own.

4. How has your fashion sense changed since switching to Coral Tree Prep?

Well, I’ve stopped wearing sneakers except for PE.  It’s not that I’m caving into peer pressure or anything, it’s just that now they look lame to me.  And I buy and wear little sundresses much more often.  There’s just something about being in SoCal--you want to wear a pretty dress with spaghetti straps any day that it’s sunny.  It just feels right.  But I refuse to care about whether or not I’m wearing “this year’s jeans” and I am never giving up my “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE” t-shirt.  You’ll have to pry it out of my dead, cold hands because I love that top.

5. Sometimes you have to hate someone before you can truly love them. Wouldn't you agree? :-) 

Depends on the kind of hate, I’d say.  There’s hate and then there’s hate.  There are people who are truly despicable—who are malicious and petty and cruel—TRULY hateful in every sense of the word.  Then there are the people who you can’t quite figure out, who drive you crazy because you see glimpses of something good in there but it’s like you can’t quite get at it.  So you feel something like hate because they’re so frustrating and elusive—but it’s not really hate.   And the more you feel that frustration, the more intrigued you get.  And that can definitely lead to the opposite of hate.

On the other hand, I know some people who just like each other so much they fall in love.  Like my sister and her boyfriend.  They started out liking each other and moved on to liking each other a lot.  It’s very sweet . . . and maybe just a tiny bit boring.  But don’t tell them I said that.

Thank you so much for joining us for this interview, Elise! 

I absolutely *loved* Epic Fail. It releases next week on August 2nd, so be on the lookout for it in a store near you. 

You can learn more about Epic Fail and author, Clare LaZebnik through her WEBSITE.

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