What’s that? You posted a question for me in the Comments section of this Blah-g? Something I haven’t been asked a trillion times before? Nothing to do with The Clique being turned into a movie or which character I’m most like? I’m in!
1. Q: What’s your favorite thing about humanity? (Erica Jane).
Eh: (This question makes me feel like a beauty pageant contestant.)
My favorite thing about humanity is our differences. Individually, we are jagged puzzle pieces. Our strengths and interests are all so different. Alone we aren’t capable of much. But when we come together the picture is divine. Together we build, heal, teach, create, explore, expand and evolve. We each have something unique to offer. And for that I am grateful. My biggest fear is living in a world of people exactly like me. Yes, we’d have a lot of books and some laughs, but we’d starve and die naked in the streets by noon. Wait, there wouldn’t be any streets.
2. Q: How do you make an unlikable character likeable? (writereader1223)
Eh: If you want to develop an “unlikable” character who is ultimately a good person, show the reader what made her turn bad. Help us understand her. Why did she end up mean? You can also reveal things about her that show us her softer side.
Massie Block was a “mean girl.” Still I wanted you to like her because she was my main character. So, I showed you how much she loves animals. How evil can someone be if she cuts her horse’s carrots into lovely little stars? I showed you how insecure she was. I showed you how hard she had to work at staying popular. And I made her funny. And who doesn’t love a funny girl?
Comic book villains or James Bond bad guys can stay unlikeable. Their roles are to challenge the hero. That’s it.
3. Q: I bring around a writing inspiration notebook. It’s blank. What should I write in it when it comes to characters….plots…descriptions…etc…etc… (Starwriter26)
Eh: Nicely done. I have tons of them and they are invaluable. Think of it as a backup for your hard drive. But in this case the hard drive is your own failing memory. Write down details that you love and may want to use one day but will inevitably forget. A cool outfit you saw. Those crooked glasses your teacher wears. A hilarious pet name. An odd facial tic. A stupid conversation you overheard on the bus. A funny conversation you had with your friend. A cool invention you dreamed up. A random scene that popped into your head. The perfect title. A killer comeback…
Its the place to store all of the random things that capture your attention. Because if you find them notable others will as well. Next time you’re searching for an unforgettable detail consult the notebook.
4. Q: Are all boys pig-headed and mean and perverted or is that just high school boys? And if so when do they finally mature? (Regan)
Eh: A good friend of mine happens to be one of those males you speak of so I thought I’d get his opinion. This is exactly how the text exchange went.
Me: One of the girls asked me this question about guys and I would love a male opinion.
Him: Sure. What’s the question?
Me: She wants to know if all guys are pig headed and perverted. And she wanted to know if they ever mature. Do you want to write up the answer to this one? I think a guy’s opinion would really help.
Him: Sure. What’s my reward? (;
Me: I guess that’s my answer, PERV!
Yep. I swear. That actually went down. So yes. Guys are pervs. They are hard-wired to be pervs. They can’t help it so cut them some slack. Especially high school guys. Their bodies are seriously out of control. They really can’t help the fact that they think about sex ALL THE TIME. What they can help is how they treat you. Pig headed, mean and disrespectful is something they can control and many of them do. Find those ones. This doesn’t change as they get older so if you find one of the good ones, treat him well.
5. Q: How can I make the most out of college without forcing myself to be extremely outgoing? Is this possible?
Eh: Of course it’s possible. Pick classes that inspire you. Get involved in things that matter to you. And find friends you admire and trust. Even if that means one person. One good one is better than ten forced duds. Remember, there are a lot of years after college. If the next four aren’t the ultimate that means the best are yet to come. School was never my thing. I didn’t thrive until I started working. We all hit our stride at different times. The best way to stay happy until then is to listen to your gut. Never force anything.
6. Q: Was it any different writing in the POVs of male characters for The Pretenders than it was writing for gals (of both that and past series)? (Mimi)
Eh: Yes, it was different. It was soooo much easier. Boys are simple. This makes for frustrating relationships but easy writing.
7. Q: Alphas has some of the best imaginary technology that actual inventors should take note of. If you could lug one thing from Alpha Island home, what would it be? (Mimi).
Eh: This is such a cool question. And thank you for the compliment. I would take the personal plane. Then, when no one is looking I’d stuff one of those uniforms in my bag that regulates my body temperature because I’m always cold.
8. Q: If you could put 1 new word into the dictionary, what would it be and what would it mean? (Zula)
Eh: I mean, what a genius question!!! My word would be Girafic: (adj) It means extremely tall. Hey Jenny, you need to hem those jeans. You’re not as girafic as you think.
9. Q: Have you ever felt [insecure about your body and self-conscious, especially after watching tv and movies starring girls with perfect bodies]? If so, how did you finally become happy with yourself? And do you have any advice for how I should accomplish this in a healthier way? (Maya)
Eh: I have girafic insecurities, we all do. Want to know how I feel better?
1. I work out 4 days/week. I always feel more confident after a workout.
2. I remind myself that I don’t make a living as a model (thank god) so I don’t have to look perfect.
3. I just had the flu for six days. In bed for SIX days. I could not walk, stand, function. Today is my first day back at work. I have never loved and appreciated my body more. I am so grateful it works properly most of the time. I know people who aren’t as lucky. Every time I allow myself to get upset about an imperfection I am taking my good fortune for granted, and that’s downright obnoxious.
10. Q: What is one thing that high school has taught you that you are still applying to your life today? (Lillie)
Eh: Life is so much more than the moment you’re in right now.
11. Q: I heard you just received an advanced copy of Pretenders. Would you please show a picture of you reading it in your office? (Alisha, Office Elf. FYI Lisi made me post this.)
Eh: Sure Alisha. I would be happy to.
Thanks for your incredible questions!!!