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Friday, March 29, 2013

Interview and Giveaway: Lisa Greenwald

I'm so excited to have Lisa Greenwald stopping by the March MG Madness today to talk about her Pink & Green series!

My Summer of Pink & Green
by Lisa Greenwald
Purchase: Amazon / B&N

At the end of My Life in Pink & Green, Lucy Desberg had just won the grant that would save her family’s pharmacy—and turn it into a modern eco-spa. Now it’s summer, and the work has begun in earnest. Lucy figures that with the spa opening and her sister, Claudia, home, she’ll have a great summer. But her sister brings a new boyfriend, and their investor brings his extremely irritating daughter, Bevin. Plus there’s a new spa coordinator in charge of the plans, and so Lucy finds herself at loose ends. What’s a girl to do? A makeover, of course. But this time Lucy’s makeover skills might not smooth over the cracks in her happy family . . .

What three words best describe your Pink & Green series?
fun, optimistic, inspirational
Can you give us your best one sentence pitch to convince readers (especially reluctant readers) to give your Pink & Green books a try? 

Twelve year old Lucy Desberg thinks she can save her family's pharmacy, heal the environment and help her best friend find love all at the same time! Is she crazy or can she do it?
Grab a copy of My Summer Of Pink & Green and answer the following? 

Favorite chapter?

chapter 6
Favorite page?

Favorite character?

Flip to a random page and give us a 1-2 sentence teaser?

I float and float and float and I keep telling myself to think, because if I think hard enough I can figure out what to tell Sunny and Bevin and my family.
Your character Lucy is all about helping the environment, which is awesome! Why was this an important element to you to incorporate in this series?

I think we all care about the environment and want to do as much as we can to help. Tweens, especially, feel very passionate about it, so it made sense that it was so important to Lucy. 
Why did you choose to write middle-grade fiction? What do you love about middle-grade and why do you think it's such an important category of books? 

I hated middle school and I want to try and make it better for middle schoolers today! It's such an exciting time, but it's also so difficult and emotional. I want tween readers to know they're not alone in their struggles. 
What is your favorite middle-grade book? Your favorite middle-grade hero and heroine? 

Tuck Everlasting is my favorite book of all time. My favorite middle-grade heroine is Emma-Jean Lazarus and my favorite middle-grade hero is Auggie Pullman. 

What's your favorite aisle to browse in a pharmacy? What would be the first thing you'd like to try or get at an eco-spa?
My favorite browsing aisle is definitely the face wash/moisturizer aisle. The first thing I'd try at an eco-spa would be an eco-friendly facial! 
You've been tasked with creating two different colors of nail polish inspired by your two Pink & Green books...what do these two colors look like and what do you call them? 

I love this question! My dream is to become a nail polish namer. color 1: a pale blue called Lounge Chair by the Seacolor 2: a bright pink called Toes in the Sand 
Fill in the blanks: 

I'm really awesome at 

finding people jobs .
 I'm really embarrassed to admit that

I can't do a cartwheel.
My favorite middle-grade appropriate curse word or expletive is

If I could live inside the world of any middle-grade book, I'd choose

It's not middle grade, it's YA but I'd pick The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han because I really, really want a beach house!
  If you were to create and bake a cupcake inspired by your Pink & Green books, what would it look and taste like, and what would you call it?

It would be yellow cake with chocolate frosting, pink and green sprinkles and a peanut m&m in the middle. I would call it "The Sweet Surprise."

Lisa Greenwald
Lisa Greenwald is the author of Reel Life Starring UsSweet Treats & Secret Crushes, and My Life in Pink & Green. She works in the library at the Birch Wathen Lenox School in Manhattan and is a graduate of the New School’s MFA program in writing for children. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her online at

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My Summer in Pink & Green!
Thanks to the generous people at Abrams Books, I have one copy to give away.
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-Ten winners will each win one of the ten books
-will end 3/31
-must be 13+, one main entry per person
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