Eleanor Brown is the author of the New York Times and national bestseller The Weird Sisters, and was a member of the Debutante Ball class of 2011. She reads, writes, and tends to one very spoiled cat in Denver, Colorado.
About The Weird Sisters:
The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. But the sisters soon discover that everything they’ve been running from—one another, their small hometown, and themselves—might offer more than they ever expected.
Eleanor Brown Takes the Deb Interview!
Share something that’s always guaranteed to make you laugh.
People falling down. America’s Funniest Home Videos was custom-made for me.
I know, I’m a horrible person! I consider this a weakness, as it means I laugh in situations where there is the possibility of injury. Though if you fall down in my presence, I do promise to stop laughing if I see blood.
Have you ever met someone you idolized? What was it like?
A few years ago, I had the honor of meeting Pat Conroy, one of my very favorite authors, at the Miami Book Fair. The line for signings after his warm and witty presentation was incredibly long, and we were near the end, but he was just as friendly and gracious and encouraging to us as he had been to the very first people. I glowed for days after meeting him.
I’ve been lucky overall in meeting people I admire, that the majority of them have been friendly and polite. It’s such a disappointment meeting someone and feeling disappointed in some way – it’s one of the reasons I follow very few celebrities on Twitter. I’d rather preserve the illusion!
What is the best perk of your job?
Free books! However, the saddest part is that I actually have less time to read than before I got published. Free books are less fun when I don’t get to read them!
(I assume the same thing is true of free chocolate cake, but I always seem to have time for free chocolate cake.)
Frankly, teaching middle school was probably the job with the largest number of strange incidents (the statistical probability of something weird happening when you are surrounded by 120 thirteen-year olds is pretty high), but I think the strangest job itself was wedding coordinator.
The human drama surrounding weddings is intense, and a wedding coordinator gets a backstage pass to all of it. I saw a drunken groom pick a fight with waitstaff, assembled a twelve-layer cake (with fountain) when the bakery messed up the delivery time, distracted warring family members with the Electric Slide, instructed multiple brides on how best to pee while wearing multiple crinolines and carried a lot of wedding gifts to the car at the end of the night. My feet hurt just thinking about it!
Do you have a regular ‘first reader’? If so, who is it and why that person?
My sweetie, J.C. Hutchins. He’s a writer too, but he writes thrillers and adventure. We call the dichotomy between us “Fireballs and Feelings.” However, this makes him a really excellent person for me to bounce ideas off of – when I just want my characters to sit around and moon about their emotions, he gives me suggestions on how to add more action.
He somehow manages to be both incredibly honest and incredibly supportive, and I’m really grateful to have him around!
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