March 12th, 2009


Hi, I have the pleasure of interviewing Erin Dionne, author of the debut, MODELS DON'T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES. (Isn't that just the best title?)

About Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies

Thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris is no string bean, but comfy sweatpants and a daily chocolate cookie suit her just fine. Her under-the-radar lifestyle could have continued too, if her aunt hadn’t entered her in the HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge. To get out of it, she’s forced to launch Operation Skinny Celeste—because, after all, a thin girl can’t be a fat model! What Celeste never imagined was that losing weight would help her gain a backbone . . . or that all she needed to shine was a spotlight.

About Erin Dionne

Erin Dionne has lived on two coasts and in four states. Her debut novel, MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES, was inspired by events that occurred in seventh grade, when she wore a scary peach bridesmaid dress in her cousin’s wedding and threw up on her gym teacher’s shoes (not at the same event). Although humiliating at the time, these experiences are working for her now.

Erin lives outside of Boston with her husband and daughter, and a very insistent dog named Grafton. She roots for the Red Sox, teaches English at an art college, and sometimes eats chocolate cookies.

ME: Thanks, Erin for participating in our blog tour! First question:
What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

ERIN: My 8 month old and teaching job play tug-o-war with my writing time...add in a husband and needy dog, and you get the picture! In order to get any work done, I have to set aside chunks of time and leave the house. I can work on revisions at night, but drafting requires me to completely separate from my "real life!"

ME: What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?

ERIN: I think about my character a lot before I sit down to work. I also use a specific journal for each project, where I brainstorm and keep notes. Then I just go--figuring out the story, character development, etc, as I write, and using the journal's resources when I get stuck. Perhaps this is why I'm a multiple-revision writer!

ME: What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

ERIN:I used to live in the suburbs of San Francisco, so setting the book there reminded me of my other home.

ME: What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

ERIN: Dare to dream...I'd love Abigail Breslin to be Celeste!
ME: Thanks ERIN and good luck with your book!

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