Monday, August 10, 2009

The Monday Muse: Interview with Jennifer Jabaley & Giveaway!

This week's Muse: Jennifer Jabaley
Author of: Lipstick Apology (my review here)
Want to win a signed copy of Lipstick Apology? Details below!

Bookworm: Welcome, Jennifer! To start off, why don't you tell us about how Emily's story came to you?
Jennifer:   Here's the true story how I dreamed up the idea for Lipstick Apology: My sister and I are very close. Several years ago she had two children and I had none. She was about to go on her very first vacation without the kids and she was freaking out a little bit. The night before her flight she called me about ten times, each time telling me random information "in case the flight goes down." Yes, she is a bit dramatic like I tend to be. Information about our wills is here...The key to the safety box is here...If you have to sell the house call this person...
   When the phone rang for the sixth or seventh time I turned to my husband and said, Can you imagine, the flight would be going down and she would whip out her lipstick and start outlining the kid's schedule and bedtimes on a tray table. My husband laughed and said that would be a great idea for a book. So I grabbed a Post-It note and scribbled "note on a tray table". I stashed that Post-It note in my drawer and didn't see it again until almost a year later when I was packing to move. And that Post-It note became the inspiration for my story.

Bookworm: How cool! From start to finish, how long did it take you to write Lipstick Apology?
Jennifer: It took me about a year to complete my manuscript. I submitted that draft to several agents and based on their suggestions I went back and did another round of revisions before it was accepted for representation. So in total I would say about a year and a half.

Bookworm: Which character from the book was your favorite to write about?
Jennifer: Hands down, Trent. His character was so fun to write because he was so outrageous, so comical and yet so caring and nurturing. Who wouldn't want this kind of guy as a best friend? And hey, he can do hair!

Bookworm: Are you going to continue writing YA novels, and if so, what's next for you, book-wise?
Jennifer: Right now I'm knee deep in writing a women's fiction novel. The main character is in college--at first, I thought maybe it could be YA, but my agent and I both decided it would be better as adult. However I have another YA idea brewing...

Bookworm: If you could write a sequel to the book, what would you have happen in it?
Jennifer: Hmmmm, that's hard to say. I've had a number of emails from early readers and many of them ask what happens next for Emily. I see her moving forward, becoming more comfortable in her new life, her new city. I'd love to see Jolie get married. I'd love to see the friendship between Emily and Lindsey and Carly continue to blossom. And I'd like to see Emily in a relationship.

Bookworm: What YA novels have you read recently and loved?
Jennifer: Two debut authors I've read recently were great, fast, fun reads: Prada and Prejudice and The Espressologist. I'm reading The Real Real right now by the authors of The Nanny Diaries and it's good. I have Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride on my nightstand--that comes next. (:

Bookworm: Lipstick or lip gloss?
Jennifer: A little of both!

Bookworm: What's your favorite brand/color of lipstick?
Jennifer: Pink! Ice Bloom from Clinique with Pointelle liner from Lancome--that's my go-to look!
Thanks so much, Jennifer! Visit Jennifer's website here
Want to win a copy of Jennifer's new debut novel, Lipstick Apology?
Here's what you can do:

a) Comment below with your name and email address!
b) For an extra two entries, link this contest to your blog!

This contest is open to residents of the US & Canada only--sorry! The giveaway will end on September first, but won't be closed until there have been at least thirty entries, so enter, enter, enter!
   Good luck!


WhatBriReads said...

I'd love to win a copy! This book was one of my choices a couple weeks ago for my Trailer Tuesdays feature.

+2 I posted a link on my sidebar at


Anonymous said...

I'd love to win a copy of Lipstick Apology. Please enter my name. Thanks.
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Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis

OH I would love this book thanks for this chance to win it Winks ;o) Shawna

Katie said...

Enter me!


Erica said...

Lipstick Apology looks so great! Please enter me!

:) Erica

MJ said...

I loved the interview. Please count me in.


Diana Dang said...

I would love to read this one! Linked:

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scottsgal said...

sounds like a good summer read - please count me in

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Casey said...

Great Interview. That's really cool how Lipstick Apology came to her.

I have been wanting to read this book, it sounds really interesting.

Link on sidebar


Pam said...

I'm a lip gloss girl - I find lipstick too dry and cakey. Love the title of the book though!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Readingjunky said...

Just finished LIPSTICK APOLOGY yesterday. I agree with Jennifer about Trent. He was a blast!

Jenna said...

Great interview! I'm glad to hear that Jennifer enjoyed The Espressologist. That's one I'm really looking forward to. (Along with Lipstick Apology)

What a Girl Reads said...

Thanks for the contest! I've heard a lot of great stuff about this book!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like an awesome book and I'm so intrigued!! I'd love to be entered!

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Anonymous said...

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I'd really enjoy getting to read her books, please PLEASE count me in to win and thank you so very much :)

Theresa said...

Lipstick Apology sounds really good. I really want to read it. Please enter me!

holdenj said...

I'd love to win a copy! Nice interview with the author.

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Linna said...

I'd like to read this interesting book.
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etirv said...

I would like to be entered!!!!


jlarkin said...

This book sounds great and I would love to win a copy for my students to read!

AND I'm posting the link to my blog!

Kate said...

+2 added to sidebar


SerieslyReady said...

Are any of the characters in her story like her sister? That would be quite a character.


YA Book Reviews said...

I really want to read this book. It sounds really awesome and interesting

+2 added to my sidebar (contests)

~JoRdAn~ said...

i really want to read this it sounds so amazing and interesting!

+2 linked in my sidebar


Sara said...

I've heard lots of good things about this book! Thanks for the giveaway!


Jenny N. said...

Enter me please. I would love to win this.


Ashley said...

I would love to win. Count me in!


Chelsie said...

I'd love to win =D

<3 Chelsie

Genevieve said...

Great interview. I'd love to be entered in this contest. : )

+2 link this contest to your blog! My sidebar:


bridget3420 said...

I'd like to enter.



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Ashley said...

This looks so good! Wonderful interview.

+2 I posted on my sidebar at


Lilibeth Ramos said...

Love Lipstick Apology!

+2 posted link to contest on my sidebar:

sharon54220 said...

I love the title of this book. Please enter me.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me


Sylvia said...

I would love to be entered!
I hope i win! thanks!!

bamabelle said...

Lipstick Apology sounds like an amazing book! I would love to enter the contest. Thanks so much!

Hugs, Zara

zarache AT aol DOT com

chinesedolphin94 said...

I would love to be entered! awesome contest. thanks

deltay said...

Awesome interview! Contest looks great, I'd like to be counted in :) Thanks.

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Book Sp(l)ot said...

I would really, really love to win this (really!). Thanks for having the contest :)



Lindsay's Photographys said...

I would LOVE to win! I LOVE reading!!

Thankyou!! :D:D:D:D


Paradox said...

Enter me please! Lipstick Apology looks great!

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~The Book Pixie said...

I'd love to have a finished copy of this book. It sounds so good. Please count me in.


~The Book Pixie said...

Oh, before I foget

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Bianca said...

I'd love to win a copy!!

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Simply Samantha said...

Anonymous said...
Thanks so much!!