About Lipstick Apology:
Four little words written in lipstick mean Emily must say goodbye to everything she knows. Emily Carson has always been a good girl. So when she throws a party the night her parents leave for vacation, she's sure she'll get busted. What Emily doesn't know is that her parents will never return. That their plane will go down. And the only thing left amidst the wreckage will be a tray table with the words: Emily please forgive me scrawled in lipstick - her mother's last words.
Now it's fall in New York City and Emily's trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Her public tragedy captures the attention of more than just the media - and soon two very different boys at her new school are pursuing her: the cute, popular Owen, and the quirky chemistry partner slash pastry-baker-by-night, Anthony. But even with such delicious distractions, Emily can't let go of her mother's mysterious apology. Does she have the courage to face the truth?
With help of a whole new kind of family - one that includes a make-up artist to the stars, a teen hand model, and a wacky hairdresser - Emily must choose between the boy who makes her forget it all, and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately, heal.
Jennifer Jabaley was born in New York and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in chemistry and received a doctorate from Southern College of Optometry. A part-time optometrist and mother of two, Jennifer began writing her first novel after a phone call from her sister sparked an idea for a story that lingered in her mind and stirred her creative juices. Jen lives in Blue Ridge, Georgia and is currently at work on her second book.
Thai food or Chinese?
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Just commit to the story.
What are you reading right now?
PERFECT FIFTHS, by Megan McCafferty.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
What’s the last song you listened to?
"The Scientist" by Coldplay.
Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
Oprah, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, and I'd like to revisit my deceased Nana to show her my published book. It was always her dream to write. she had wonderful stories, but sadly never wrote them down. She was a major inspiration for me to pursue publication. I know she'd be so proud.
Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
Sure. (Slight teaser: this is a major theme in my WIP.)
If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
Hmm, well I just bounced from YA to adult fiction.
Dogs or cats?
Both, with a slight preference for dogs.
Favorite movie snack?
Milk duds, M&Ms or hot tamales.
What’s your cure for the blues?
A phone call to my sister or BFF.
Camping or four-star hotel?
Oh this is a no brainer :) Ritz Carlton.
Where did you go on your first date?
My very first date in ninth grade was at The Chimney Rock Inn (I can't believe I remember that!)in NJ. My first date with my husband was a Mexican restaurant (Los Reyos) in Memphis.
Ocean or lake?
1987 Toyota Corolla (had 130,000 miles on it when we purchased it and it lasted for four years!)
Do you speak a foreign language?
I took eight years of French. Sadly, I'm not sure how much of it I remember.
Vacuuming at a nursing home.
Apple with vanilla ice cream.
Spring or fall?
Well, I totally prefer summer, but here, in the north Georgia mountains, autumn is truly amazing.
Which celebrity shares your birthday?
Ringo Star, Michele Kwan.
Last book you gave as a gift.
"The Smart One and the Pretty One" for my sister and the latest Harlen Coben for my brother (can't remember the title).
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
Wife, mother, friend.
Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet?
The Greek Islands, Ireland, Italy, the California coast.
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
Chocolate chip (with the icing in between - the double doozie from Great American Cookie - totally my favorite!)
Beach or mountains?
I love the beach, but now I live in the mountains, so I love my home, too.
Best present anyone ever gave you?
My engagement ring - given to me on the observation deck of the World Trade Center (one year before 9-11).
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Jennifer!