Please give a warm welcome to super funny and sweet author Elizabeth Eulberg!
Hi everybody! I’m Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Prom and Prejudice and The Lonely Hearts Club. I’m also a lover of cupcakes and karaoke!
3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models?
My mother instilled a love of books in me at a very young age. I always loved reading and telling myself stories, but it wasn’t until I worked in publishing that I ever thought that I could possibly write a book. I’ve worked with a lot of incredible authors and it was Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants) who was the first person to encourage me to write. As for role models, I really look up to Ally Carter and Meg Cabot – authors who write contemporary fiction with strong female characters…and also with a sense of humor!
3LB: Prom and Prejudice is based off of a novel of a similar name (that we as girls should all know) by Jane Austen. Are you planning any other future classic retellings?
At this point, I don’t have any plans to do other retellings, but you never know!
3LB: I have yet to read Pride and Prejudice (although I got it for my Kindle right after reading Prom and Prejudice!), so I was wondering how similar the two books are, other than the names (because that’s really all I know). Did you take their personalities, or add a little more into the character? And how do the events correlate?
Since Prom and Prejudice is a modern retelling, it shares a lot with the original. I did take certain personality characteristics of each character and did modern spins (for example, in the original Mr. Collins is a very drab and boring person, so I turned my Colin into one of the most boring people to be stuck in a conversation with). But certain traits were original to my story (my Lizzie being an accomplished pianist, having Jane and Lizzie be roommates instead of sisters). There are specific events that correlate with the original, but at one point you have to make the book your own or there’s no point in retelling it.
I play piano so Lizzie’s playing is based off of my experiences (although I’m not as good as her, but I did learn to play the Rachmaninoff piece she plays at the end). But that’s it!
3LB: Can you identify yourself with any of the characters into book? Or can somebody else in your life be seen in a Prom and Prejudice character?
The main basis for all of the characters was the original novel, but there is a little part of me in Lizzie. I think when you’re telling a story from a character’s point of view, it’s hard to separate yourself entirely.
3LB: Do you have any prom memories yourself that you’d like to share with us (I have yet to experience mine!)?
I had a lot of fun at prom! I went with my friend Jeff and a big group of friends. It was a blast. The movie theatre held a special movie screening for us for after prom, then a bunch of people came to my house. I didn’t have a curfew that night and we were up until 4am, I remember thinking that was SO cool!
3LB: Are there possibly any plans in the future for writing books in other genres?
I really like writing realistic teen fiction. I do have a couple ideas for “adult” novels, but they would be contemporary as well. But again, you never know!
3LB: What do you like to read when you're not working on your own stuff?
I like to read fun books: Ally Carter, Sarah Mlynowski, Susane Colasanti, Jen Calonita… And for books for “grown-ups” my favorites are Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin and Sophie Kinsella. I do enjoy a good fantasy (The Hunger Game series and Harry Potter, of course!) and serious reads (The Book Thief and Room) as well. I really believe a good book is a good book, regardless of the genre!
Music. I need it around me at all times. I can’t even walk more than 5 minutes without listening to my iPod.
3LB: This or that?
Dressy or casual? Casual
Funny and light, or dark and mysterious (in a guy)? Funny and light
Snow or sun? Sun (although I need to be in the shade with a ton of sunscreen!)
Chocolate or ice cream? Ice cream
Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
1) The first Advance Reading Copy I ever received was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (at my first day as a Publicist at Scholastic).
2) I still tie my shoes using the “bunny ears” technique.
3) I love bananas, but not banana-flavored foods.
4) I’m named after Beth in Little Women.
5) I’ve had my tonsils removed…twice.
(This is more a list of weird things about me…I could go on and on about that!)
Thank you so much for having me! I loved answering your questions…and wish everybody a lot of happy reading in the future! XO, Elizabeth
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