The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet:
Hamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average, happy, vanilla eighth grader. But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the sixteenth century, that's not terribly easy. It gets worse when they decide that Hamlet's genius sevenyear- old sister will attend middle school with her-- and even worse when the Shakespeare project is announced and her sister is named the new math tutor. By the time an in-class recitation reveals that our heroine is an extraordinary Shakespearean actress, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she--like her family--is anything but average.
Erin Dionne’s debut novel, Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies, was inspired by events that occurred in seventh grade, when she wore a scary peach bridesmaid dress in her cousin’s wedding and threw up on her gym teacher’s shoes (not at the same event). Although humiliating at the time, these experiences are working for her now. Erin lives outside of Boston with her husband and daughter, and a very insistent dog named Grafton. She roots for the Red Sox, teaches English at an art college, and sometimes eats chocolate cookies.
New writing advice in five words or less.
Believe in your story.
What's the last book you read?
I'm in the middle of THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA, by Richard Pollan. It's really making me think about not only what I eat, but how what I eat is brought to my plate.
Top 5 songs from your book's playlist, or just what you've been listening to lately.
What I've been listening to lately:
MiKA- Grace Kelly (sounds like old-school Freddy Mercury & Queen)
George Michael- Freedom '90 (great dance groove)
Dann Russo - Ruby Red Hair (a friend of mine who is a singer/songwriter, and inspiration for one of my characters)
Toad the Wet Sprocket- the FEAR disc helps my daughter sleep in the car. I can't be without it!
Thanks for swiftly indulging our curiosity, Erin!