Today it's my pleasure to introduce Erin Dionne debut author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies--a book that deals with body issues front and center.
Celeste, my main character, is "comfortable" in her skin at the beginning of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies--meaning that she hides in big clothes and downplays her attractiveness because of her size. She wants to blend-in to prevent being teased, so she shuts down and creeps through her days avoiding conflict. It's a terrible way to live!
There are so many contradictory messages about beauty aimed at girls (and women) today that sap our self-esteem. We need to not only embrace our unique selves, but also support one another! Girls are the first to cut down other girls for not conforming to X beauty standard (too fat, too thin, big nose, big butt, etc). There's room enough for everyone's distinctive styles and body types. Let's start focusing on the positives, mmm'kay?
More About Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies
Thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris is no string bean, but comfy sweatpants and a daily chocolate cookie suit her just fine. Her under-the-radar lifestyle could have continued too, if her aunt hadn't entered her in the Husky Peach Modeling Challenge. To get out of it, she's forced to launch Operation Skinny Celeste--because, after all, a thin girl can't be a fat model! What Celeste never imagined was that losing weight would help her gain a backbone...or that all she needed to shine was a spotlight. Buy the book!
More About Erin Dionne
Erin Dionne has lived on two coasts and in four states. Her 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. Find out more about Erin at www.erindionne.com.