About the Book:
Ellie Stanton by Aurora Zahni
Genres: YA Contemporary
Published January 14th, 2014
Publisher: Beau Coup Publishing
Book 1 in the Heller Park Series focuses on Ellie Stanton. An imperfect, unremarkable girl makes a hero’s journey. Ellie Stanton needed to have a good day. The universe had something else in store. Getting caught shoplifting. Check. Dumping her lame boyfriend. Check. Expulsion from school. Check. Getting kicked out of her house and then stealing her mother’s car while she’s in a New Jersey turnpike rest stop Cinnabon? Check. The only sensible option is to run as fast as she can and never look back. Now Ellie is running going cross country to raise a little hell and maybe along the way learn everything she needs to know about life.
About the Author:
Aurora Zahni is a former rebel who’s trying to bring a little bit of Judy Blume and Sylvia Plath to the Twilight Generation. Over the years she7092273 has given half-assed / full throttle contributions to numerous zines and blogs, written a web movie and done significantly well in countless competitive eating events.
When she was in the 8th grade she was on the local evening news. A dead body was being lifted out of the water at a marina by the Meadowlands and you could clearly see her standing in the background watching, looking a bit excited for the camera. Looking back it may have been the highlight of her entire childhood.
a.) What was the best thing about writing this book?
My favorite parts were the revisions and editing. I watched my little story about a girl having a bad day grow into an expansive universe. The book is now loaded with easter eggs and introduces a large cast that I’ll be writing about for years.
b.) Where did you get your idea for this story?
It all started with “the girl.” I began writing without any notes other than “Juno meets Bender” and a backstory for Ellie. I just wanted to write a funny book about a regular girl figuring out life, or at least what life meant to her at the moment.
c.) What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Do it! Anyone who wants to tell a story can do it. It’s not easy and results are not guaranteed, but the story will still be yours.
d.) What is your favorite book?
That’s never a fair question, but I will answer. Today, it’s The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Tomorrow I’m sure that will change but for right now I implore everyone to go out and read The Bell Jar it’s a masterpiece.
e.) Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Coffee at work, Tea at home, (I’m a fanatic have tons of paraphenilia and “fancy” teas) and hot chocolate when I’m dieting and dying for a sweet fix.
f.) Is there anything else that you would like to add? We should all be drinking more water. That’s the only sound advice I ever have.