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Question: When did your love affair with make-up begin?
Katie Anderson: I can't remember a time when I didn't LOVE makeup. Cosmetics are like watercolors and my face, a canvas. However, it's funny, I don't even wear that much. My best friend just read the book and said, "Shoot. With the amount of cosmetics in here, you'd think you'd be made up like Tammy Faye Baker. But you're not? Why DO you love it so much?" I'm not sure. It's artistic. And I'm good at applying it. I liked giving makeovers as a kid. My daughter is the same way. Maybe it's genetic. Also, I think as a teen I never felt pretty and makeup had this magical power to transform. Though in truth, I realized it can't make a person feel pretty. That feeling comes from inside and isn't sold in tubes and compacts.
Q: Is anything from the book (aside from the makeup obsession) autobiographical?
KA: No. But in retrospect, I realized that I was like Emerson in that I was a fairly popular girl who was secretly intrigued by the less popular boys. I remember being fascinated by the romantic relationships that formed in social circles other than my own. And while there wasn't a boy like Edwin I liked, I wouldn't have been courageous enough to date him if there were. I would have dated a Vance type and suffered. So I guess I wanted to write a new story for a braver teenage Katie, a do-over.
Q: Was Emerson’s superpower one you always imagined or was it just the perfect tie-in to a fictional cosmetic related story?
KA: Totally fictional. And the cosmetics idea came much later in the writing, like a year or so later. I woke up in the middle of the night with the idea to name the chapters after different shades of lip gloss. I have always loved the names of nail polish colors and wanted to do something similar. I decided to create a Willy Wonka type scenario with makeup instead of chocolate. It was really, really fun.
Q: Was it important to set the story in the South and why?
KA: The South is what I call home and I just love it. This book wasn't actually as Southern at first. But I think I'll always write about the South. I love the food, the slower pace, the ties to tradition, the whole personality of it. I grew up in Virginia, but when I moved to Mississippi, I knew I had come home.
Q: Were you inspired by your 11 and 15-year-old daughters’ lives when writing this book?
KA: Not as much as you'd think. I heard a writer once say that most writers struggled with a particular time in their life and so they are stuck writing about it, perhaps in an effort to redo that troubled period. For me, it was my teenage years. I didn't have a very good sense of who I was and so I think I will always write about women who are trying to find that. I hope my own girls have a stronger sense of self than I did at their age.
Q: What would you like girls to take away from this book?
KA: First of all, I just hope it makes them smile and they enjoy it. I'd also like for them to understand that being the most popular or the prettiest face in school is not what will ultimately bring you happiness. I believe that each of us is unique like a snowflake, beautiful in her own right, created like no one else, and designed and equipped to do things only she can do. I wish girls would relax and trust that.
I didn't have high hopes for this book. I was obessed over it! I finished it in two days. I highly recommend it. :)Published 2 months ago by Lindsey Blume
For a story with such a sensationalistic premise, this book shows surprising depth. Fourteen-year-old Emerson can read the mind of anyone she kisses. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MSLibrarian7
I got it as a quick read and ended up LOVING it! It's such a cool concept with amazing and awesome characters! A must read!!!!! :DPublished 2 months ago by Jessica Smith
I really loved this book. It's very sentimental and mysterious at the same time. Now I have to go and find more books like it!Published 2 months ago by Alysha
Great book, really well written, smart, funny, and SO romantic. Emerson's encounters with Edwin made my heart flutter :)
I'm one of those girls that have always been into guys that no one would expect me to like. And this book satisfied my desire to see that played out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alyssa RM
Maybe a little too cutesy for me, but in the end I enjoyed it. It was a quick and fun read.Published 4 months ago by Ashley
It's a book I finished in less than a day .I read nonstop! It's such a good book for teens !! I am a teen myself and I loved it !! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alexis Ladieu
I don't normally like books in this genre,but this one was adorable & addicting. It had a lot of innocence in the characters that you don't see anymore. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shikha