4 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, September 30, 2016!
Harper Anderson always believed she belonged somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take? That’s why Harper is beyond ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift. Getting to spend the summer in New York City to live her dream of becoming a writer? Harper’s totally in.
There’s just one teeny, tiny, infinitesimal problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a lot of – or, really, any – dating expertise. In fact, she might have sort of stolen her best friend’s experiences as her own on her Shift application. But she can learn on the job…right?
From awkward run-ins with the cute neighborhood dog-walker to terrifying encounters with her crazed editor, from Brooklyn gallery openings to weekends in the Hamptons, Harper finds out what it takes to make it in the Big City–and as the writer of her own destiny.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) How did you get the idea for the novel?
I’ll start off by saying that Tinder was playing a big role in my life — both personally and professionally — when I started brainstorming book ideas. (Although I covered many things as a reporter at TIME Magazine, the dating app boom was a personal favorite.) I thought it would be fun to merge a little fact with A LOT of fiction, and write about a girl who gets catapulted into the online media world as a dating blogger, something she’s not prepared for on any level. Once I got Harper’s voice in my head, I couldn’t get her out.
2) Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is a great title! Who came up with it? Was it the original title or did it change along the way?
I had first pitched this book out with the title CONFESSIONS OF A MAKE-OUT BANDIT, but after talking about it with my editor, we realized it just didn’t feel right. This book isn’t about kissing a lot of boys (although there are definitely some swoon worthy moments). It’s about friendship and secrets, having crazy new adventures while still managing to stay true to yourself. After a lot (and I mean A LOT) of brainstorming, I came up with LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES — and I now can’t imagine it ever being called anything else. (Guess I’ll just have to save CONFESSIONS OF A MAKE-OUT BANDIT for my memoir.)
3) Do you have a favorite writing beverage/snack?
I would never have been able to write this book without the assistance of my two dear friends: Oreo Cookies and Diet Coke. (I’m a Diet Coke-head. The first step is admitting that you have a problem.)
4) If you weren’t a writer, what job would you love to try out?
Opera singer. (Easier said than done, I know.)
I studied classical voice very seriously throughout high school and college — and as the years have gone on, I’ve been missing those arias more and more.
5) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Or for writers in general?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t a writer. Especially if that someone is yourself.
About the author:
Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.
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