Saturday, February 20, 2010

Relationship Advice from Erin Dionne

Since I don't have tons of breaking up experience, I've asked some of my favorite authors to help me celebrate the release of Swoon At Your Own Risk by sharing their relationship advice. Today Erin Dionne, author of The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, shares her wisdom. To thank her, I'm giving you a chance to win her new book. Just leave a comment!

1. What is the dumbest or smartest thing you've done after a breakup?

Smartest thing I've done...never call the guy again. Dumbest thing? Find any excuse to call (mind you, this is the days before caller ID!), just to hear his voice. Blargghhh!!

2. It's your turn to play Miss Swoon--give us your best relationship advice.

Best relationship advice: if you feel that you have to change to get the other person to notice you, it's not a good fit. There's someone out there who will appreciate who you are RIGHT NOW. Find them.

3. If you could go on a date with any fictional character, who would it be?

Oooohhh!! Love this question... hmmm....I'd love to go out with Joseph Fiennes' Shakespeare, from "Shakespeare in Love." Mmmmm...

More About 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 seven-year-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. To buy the book at Indiebound.

Author Bio:

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.

Just leave a comment and your contact info for a chance to win the book!


  1. Aw, sounds like a cute novel!

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

  2. Count me in.

    God, I'd be mortified if I had to go to school with my little sister.

  3. This sounds like a great book! Please sign me up!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  4. Sounds like a cute novel. I always been a fan of Shakespeare's work. I would love to read this novel. Thanks for the chance.


  5. I'm curious to know just what events in 7th grade inspired this novel!

  6. This looks like a great read! The cover is inviting and the description is great!

  7. it sounds great! sign me up :)