Saturday, March 14, 2009


This is gonna to be a busy week for me on the Blog Tour, and we continue today with another great release, Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne. Okay, first of all, I just have to say: GREAT! TITLE!

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.

And here’s the interview I know you've been waiting for…

I call it The Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other Interview. It’s made up of five questions, plus one bonus. Feel free to elaborate as much as you want, Erin (except, of course, for the bonus question!):

1) Would you rather be the Bestselling Rockstar Author or an Acclaimed Literary Award Winner?

Best-seller, I think. It'd be nice to know that a lot of people are reading my book!

2) Make people laugh, cry, or hide under the covers?

Make people laugh. I wish I could write horror--I love to read it--but the only thing scary about my work are my drafts!

3) Retire early or just keep writing from your beach house(s)?

Write from the beach house. Preferably one on a tropical beach, like St. John's. Or Aruba. Or Maui...

4) FaceBook or MySpace?

Facebook! MySpace perplexes me.

5) After a period, one space or two?

I'm a reformed two-spacer.

And your bonus question: What ONE WORD of advice would give to any aspiring writer?


(Okay, yes, definitely persevere!!!)

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.

Erin’s debut novel Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies is available now on Amazon. To find out more about Erin and her book, check her out at


Lisa and Laura said...

I'd read this book based on the title alone. Looks fabulous!!

Ok, I officially declare reading about soon-to-be published authors and interviews with debut authors to be the new aspiring (but now agented!) writer porn.

Kimberly Derting said...

It is, isn't it??? I loved reading your "picking an agent" story! Congrats!!!

Katie said...

What a great interview!! Not only did it make me want to read the book, but it was short and sweet and blogalicious!


Shelli said...

now I know why I am not a model!

Heidi said...

Love this book!

I was in Border's tonight and it caught my eye - such great cover color!! Then I went through and turned all the Hannah Montana books sideways and gave Model's the face out treatment.

Great interview, too. I love love your questions!

Kimberly Derting said...

Ah! Heidi, that's awesome, you rock!!! I love it! Hannah gets enough exposure anyway.

And I agree, Shelli, I could never give up the cookies. Or the ice cream. Or pizza. Or lattes...

Sadako said...

Love the title and the cover--and I've already read good reviews of it. Thanks for posting it, and the interview!