July 10th, 2009

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Jennifer Banash!

by Jennifer Banash

Life in the Big Apple for Midwesterner from "Normal" is definitely "no place like home"

Third and last in The Elite book series – Jennifer Banash brings us more adventures from the spoiled, rich teens in Manhattan who nearly ate Casey McCloy alive when she first arrived in the Big Apple from her small town of Normal, Illinois. Casey learned very quickly after she moved in with her grandmother at The Bramford, the most exclusive luxury apartment building on New York’s Upper East Side and got into the prestigious Meadowlark Academy on a full scholarship, that it’s not who you are but who you know!

Simply Irresistible (Penguin) brings us a whole new set of adventures now that Casey has had a big city-haute makeover, courtesy of her classmate and neighbor Madison Macallister – part teen icon and part queen diva-bitch. Wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people, has given Casey the look and the attitude – she’s “in” and loving it! Much to Madison’s dismay, her rival is climbing up the social ladder in a big way and could end up just as popular as Madison now that the two are set to star in their own TV reality show, “De-Luxe.” Yes, showbiz came knocking on two of The Bramford’s most illustrious doors and, as much as Madison thrives on the attention the show brings, she’s not thrilled about having every bit of her life of privilege caught on tape. However, fame comes at a price and Madison is one chick who is willing to pay anything…especially if it means becoming the next reality “it girl.” Casey, on the other hand, is realizing that Reality TV can sometimes beunreal, causing her to wonder if she even knows who she is anymore. With her relationship with Drew, Madison’s ex, currently more off than on, she can’t help wondering if everything i n her life is really just an illusion – and how much longer the illusion can last….

Although The Elite series is obsessed with fashion and glamour, Branash does an impressive job of examining real issues that teens face, such as cutting, divorce, infidelity, and drug addiction. Having personally attended high school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan provided the author with the background for her ample insight and imagination portrayed in The Elite Series.

Jennifer E.: In my book The Ex Games, Hayden has to overcome her fear of heights to make it as a professional snowboarder. What are your characters afraid of, and how do they conquer their fears?

Jennifer B.: I think that Casey is afraid she'll lose her uniqueness trying to fit in with the Upper East Side crowd, and Madison's deepest fear is that no one will ever love her.

Jennifer E.: What has been your greatest fear as a writer, and how have you dealt with it?

Jennifer B.: I think that my greatest fear, much like many other writers, is rejection. You work for years sometimes on a novel, and then to even contemplate people not liking it is a heartbreaking prospect.

Jennifer E.: In The Ex Games, Hayden goes head-to-head with her ex-boyfriend in a snowboarding challenge. Are you involved in any sports? How do you think being a woman has affected you as an athlete?

Jennifer B.: Heh. I am just about the least sporty girl you will ever meet. To quote Carrie Bradshaw, "shopping is my cardio."

Jennifer E.: For good or ill, I design my own web site. Who designed yours? What’s your favorite part of your web site that you wish more people would visit?

Jennifer B.: Jenny Hassler is redesigning my site, www.jenniferbanash.com. My fav part of the site (which isn't up yet) is the Flash intro, which is really sparkly!

Jennifer E.: What’s your favorite gizmo advertising your book?

Jennifer B.: Book trailers! I am completely obsessed with them. Madison Meyer over at M2 Productions makes mine, and she's seriously talented. But don't take my word for it, check out the trailer for SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, and decide for yourself!