Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks was published in the UK on June 4th, and Electric Monkey are celebrating by touring 'round the blogs! I have a cool guest post from Ellie Phillips herself, but before that, here's a summary of the book:
One girl’s search to find her father, using the internet, some boys and quite a lot of hairspray. Sadie Nathanson spends her life trying to survive the excruciating embarrassment of simply existing. It’s hard enough being a bit of a shrinking violet within a loud and outspoken extended family, but the unexpected card from ‘Dad’ on her 15th birthday is the last straw. As ‘Dad’ was an Internet sperm-donor, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that this is a bad joke, probably set up by her ex-best-friend Shonna. But it starts Sadie wondering – just who was her father? Is he the cause of her worry crinkle and wonky bum? What would happen if she tracked him down? So she decides to do just that. With help from her nerd cousin Billy, his friend Nodding Tony and a regular dose of ‘Haironomics’ (Sadie’s own hairstyle-related philosophy system), they uncover a lot more than they bargain for…
Growing up above a bookshopby Ellie Phillips
Hairstyle of the day:
It has to be bookish - maybe Audrey Hepburn's hair in Funny Face when she works in the bookstore.
I was actually pretty lazy when it came to reading as a kid. I definitely wasn't a bookworm. I would rather have watched TV any day. I was totally surrounded by books all the time and had no idea how lucky I was! I mean I read a lot of stuff that was completely inappropriate - I remember sneakily reading The Thorn Birds when I was about ten years old and being completely horrified by it but at the same time I couldn't put it down. And my Mum used to order the oddest books in for customers that I would always rifle through. I remember one series called Rude Food which was basically food pornography - naked people covered in salad or cream buns! But when the time came I did read absolutely everything aimed at teenagers – not that there was a whole lot around - and I was able to try stuff out. If I didn't like it then I put it back. I absolutely loved everything by Judy Blume and when I read Forever it completely blew my mind.
I also loved The Outsiders by SE Hinton, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, Fifteen by Beverly Cleary and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
So I was incredibly lucky because I had access to all of these wonderful stories. Of course they all had an influence. I mean I didn’t just want to read these books I wanted to write them too. So I started to write stories and I’ve never really grown out of it!