I am kind of obsessed with Ernessa Carter. Since reading her debut novel 32 CANDLES, which I loved, loved, loved, I’ve been cyberstalking her on her awesome blog, Fierce and Nerdy, (perfect name, right?) and on facebook, and have decided she and I are going to be friends whether she likes it or not. I don’t usually cyberstalk–not that I’m above such things, but more because I’m too busy these days–but Ernessa is that cool.
But before we get to Ernessa herself, I want to say a few words about 32 Candles. And those words are: Read it. Seriously. Read it. It’s awesome and funny and charming and will give you that wonderful dreamy feeling that you can only ever get from watching 80′s movies. It’s also smart and touching (I cried) and there is one scene with a particular yellow dress, that though I read the book months ago, I cannot get out of my head. The book is heartbreaking and perfectly rendered and takes a sharp shift halfway through and keeps you guessing and and and and….Have I made myself clear? Buy this book. Now.
1. Where were you the first time you saw your book in a bookstore and who did you call first?
I was quite intentionally at Vromans in Pasadena. My husband and I went before our release day celebratory dinner at Roy’s next door. He even took a picture of me with the book, but I was having a really bad hair day, so it’s never seen the light of the internet.
2. I’m convinced all writers are a little bit crazy. Do you agree, and if so, what kind of crazy are you?
I don’t think all writers are crazy, but I do have a word for those who aren’t: boring. I don’t want to tie down my crazy with labels, but I will say it’s pretty general, a constant companion if you will.
3. If you were going to have another author write your biography, who would you choose to write it and why? Any title ideas?
My one goal in life is not to do anything that would garner me anything other than a bibliography. If there’s enough going on in my personal life to base a book on, then I seriously effed up. But if a biography had to be written, I’d want my daughter to write it. I think all daughters should be required to write a biography on their mother before they become mothers themselves. I’ve written a ton about my own mother, and that’s really illuminated my own motherhood.
4. When did you start to take yourself seriously as a writer?
I wrote my first story in second grade, and from that point on, I knew I was going to be a writer, it was just a matter of when and how.
5. If your house was burning down, and you had time to rescue only three books from your library, what would you choose and why?
If my house was burning down, I’d rescue my laptop, my iPad, and my iPhone and get out, knowing that I could download whatever I lost in the fire. That’s one of the saving graces of living in our current times. Before ebooks I would have committed seppuku if I lost all of my books – okay, not really, but I would have been super-depressed.