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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Meet a New BFF in GCC Member Elizabeth Scott

Ever have a crush on your best friend’s boyfriend? Of course not. Because even if you did, you wouldn’t tell me. It’s a blatant violation of Girl Code. And that is exactly the topic that our newest GCC member Elizabeth Scott tackles in her new young adult novel, THE UNWRITTEN RULE, which debuts today through Simon Pulse.

As always, here’s a little bit about her book to get you hooked:

Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like you best friend's boyfriend. Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend. Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...

Here’s what Elizabeth had to say:

Q: In AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS, Mariana discovers a hidden family secret. Are you a good secret keeper?

Elizabeth: I'm a great secret keeper---if you tell me something and ask me to not tell anyone, I won't.

Q: What is the favorite place you ever traveled to, and what was the coolest thing you saw/did there?

Elizabeth: My favorite place in the world is Wales, especially North Wales, and I loved everything about it when I visited.

I think the coolest thing I saw there was the ruins of a castle because you could actually walk through them and you could just sense what it had been like once upon a time.

Q: I often tell the story of how a psychic once predicted that I would go on to write children’s books. Have you ever visited a psychic?

Elizabeth: I haven't ever visited a psychic and I don't think I ever would because I'm pretty skeptical of just about everything. Which isn't always for the best, but it's how I am!

Q: My character Mariana spends her summer in Puerto Rico connecting with her father’s heritage. Have you ever researched your family tree?

Elizabeth: My family is obsessed with genealogy and I have to be honest, I got bored of hearing about it by the time I was about six.

How obsessed are they? Let's put it this way: not only do we have a family reunion every year, we have multiple family cemeteries that my family has created funds to maintain. (!)

Q: Where were you when you found out that your book was going to be published?

Elizabeth: For my first book, Bloom, I was at home. For my latest, The Unwritten Rule, I was also at home. (!) When I made my first sale, I didn't believe it was real until I talked to my editor for the first time. For The Unwritten Rule--well, the joy never wears off, but the waiting to find out, weirdly enough, gets harder for me with each book!

Thank you, Elizabeth! Now, everyone go out and buy books, lots and lots of books!

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