Author of The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
1. What is your favorite pizza topping?
I like white pizza best: spinach, garlic, and plenty of cheese. (I also kinda like anchovies, but that’s not one of the first things I tend to tell people about me.)
2. Tell us about a time you were surprised.
I am frequently surprised. So how ’bout the most recent one. I’ve been writing about collegiate a cappella music and have been talking a lot with a group of amazing guys in Oregon. (Everyone reading this needs to go right now and download all of the University of Oregon On the Rocks’s MP3s on iTunes or Amazon; they’re crazy talented and adorable.) So, a few days ago, a couple of them sent me a file of them singing “Brown Eyed Girl”, the anthem for…well, brown eyed girls forever, with a little shout-out at the end. I squeed, and I never squee.
3. Describe your favorite outfit.
I have a pretty casual life. My go-to fave is a traditional stripey French tee, cardigan, skinny jeans, and leopard ballet flats. I like to throw in one quirky accessory like an Alexander McQueen skull ring or scarf, a Batman “BAM!” necklace, or a beloved gold bracelet that looks like a fox stole.
4. Where is the last place you went on vacation?
Martha’s Vineyard, aka Heaven, Valhalla, Shangri La and the Elysian Fields. My fave place on earth. Well, maybe London is my very favorite place… It’s really really hard to beat London. Anyway. MV is much that I love: non-tropical island, New England, literary, overflowing with history, smart, tolerant, good-natured but slightly snarky. I am very very happy every minute I’m there.
5. What celebrity would you love to have dinner with?
J.K. Rowling. She doesn’t act or sing, but she’s an absolute rockstar in my eyes, and only partly because I love her books. I love the fact that the world loves her books. People from 7 to 107 and from Alaska to Afghanistan read Harry Potter with the same joy. She got the whole world reading again. I want to thank her for that. I think she deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.
About The Fine Art of Truth or Dare:
Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is her French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before.