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GCC Author Interview: Jennifer Banash

This week the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit welcomes Jennifer Banash, author of In Too Deep (Berkley Trade), the second installment in the Elite series.

About the Book:

If you don’t belong here— you just don’t belong…

The Bramford building’s newest resident and small-town transplant Casey McCloy is adapting to life in the Big Apple and loving it. She’s got the look, the attitude, and a delish new boyfriend, Drew Van Allen. But she’s starting to have second thoughts as to whether the “New York” Casey is the real Casey. And she’s not so sure she likes herself much anymore. She’s not the only one.

Madison Macallister has always had her Manolo Blahniks firmly planted on the top rung of the social ladder—until that corn-fed cow Casey stole Drew away from her and made her look the fool. So what if Madison wasn’t exactly dating Drew at the time? She wanted him. And everyone knows that Madison gets what she wants, like Drew—and a little revenge.

The Interview:

Stacy: If you couldn't be a writer, what would your dream job be?

Jennifer: Film director or photographer. I studied photography in college and loveed it.

Stacy: What's the most surprising thing to happen since publication of your book?

Jennifer: Umm . . . that anyone actually read it? :)  That floors me every day, to be honest.

Stacy: What are you working on now?

Jennifer: I'm working on a YA series about a girl who moves with her family from Southern California to a castle in Romania. She discovers a diary in the cellar that belonged to one of the most prolific female killers in history--and becomes drawn into her story in ways she never imagined possible.
Stacy: Did you have a favorite teacher who encouraged your writing/reading habit?

Jennifer: I studied poetry in college with a number of encouraging professors, but I've never really had a mentor of any kind. 

Stacy: What's your favorite kind of chocolate?

Jennifer: The darker the better. I like it so dark that it's practically baking chocolate!

Praise for In Too Deep and The Elite series:

The Elite is Pretty in Pink for the millennium generation.” —Romance Reviews Today

"What's a Normal, Illinois girl to do when she enters the world of New York City's rich and bitchy? Hold tight, because this is one drama-filled ride." --Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway.

"In Too Deep is a seductive read."—Innovative: A Word for the WriTeen Blog

“Fans of the drama, romance, gossip, and privileged lifestyle depicted in Gossip Girl and Blue Bloods will be drawn to In Too Deep... In Too Deep continues to showcase the glitzy and glamorous lifestyle of New York City’s privileged teens...Banash’s Elite series continues to rock above the rest.”—The Compulsive Reader Blog

“As you know, life in the posh and drama-filled Upper East Side is never easy! Hold onto your Hermes scarves and Coach handbags, the Bram Clan is back for more action and drama!”—The Book Vault Blog

“Banash is fabulous at creating relatable characters in over-the-top situations.”—In Bed With Books Blog

About the Author:

Jennifer Banash attended high school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and currently lives in Southern California with her Beagle, Sigmund, and her vast designer shoe collection. She is the author of the Elite series, published by Berkley Jam. Watch for the third installment of The Elite, Simply Irresistible, coming in July '09!

Visit Jennifer at her website, her blog, at MySpace, or on Facebook. And read her books!


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