Title: Small Admissions
Author: Amy Poeppel
Release Date: December 27th, 2016
Genre: humorous women’s fiction
One admission can change your life…forever.
When ambitious grad student Kate Pearson’s handsome French “almost fiancé” ditches her, she definitely does not roll with the punches, despite the best efforts of family and friends. It seems that nothing will get Kate out of pajamas and back into the world.
Miraculously, one cringe-worthy job interview leads to a position in the admissions department at the revered Hudson Day School. Kate’s instantly thrown into a highly competitive and occasionally absurd culture, where she interviews all types of children: suitable, wildly unsuitable, charming, loathsome, ingratiating, or spoiled beyond all measure. And then there are the Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer.
As Kate begins to learn there’s no room for self-pity or nonsense during the height of admissions season or life itself, her sister and friends find themselves keeping secrets, dropping bombshells, and arguing with each other about how to keep Kate on her feet. Meanwhile, Kate seems to be doing very nicely, thank you, and is even beginning to find out that her broken heart is very much on the mend. Welcome to the world of Small Admissions.
Say Hello to author Amy Poeppel!
Amy Poeppel is the author of the novel SMALL ADMISSIONS. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she graduated from Wellesley College and now lives with her husband and three sons in New York City, where she worked in the admissions department of an independent school. She workshopped a theatrical version of SMALL ADMISSIONS at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. Her next novel, LIMELIGHT, will be out in summer 2018, also with Emily Bestler Books/Simon and Schuster.
Tell me what made you want to become a writer?
As a kid, I loved reading books and thought I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. The idea of easy and constant access to books appealed to me. But instead I became an actress, and then a mom, and next a high school English teacher, and later an assistant admissions director, and finally a writer. It took me a long time to realize I wanted to write novels. I sold my first book SMALL ADMISSIONS soon after my 50th birthday – BEST present ever.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Lynda Cohen Loigman’s wonderful novel TWO-FAMILY HOUSE – It’s a story about two brothers and their families living in a two-family home in Brooklyn in 1947. I’m completely hooked.
If you’re a TV watcher, what are you addicted to?
I’m a binge-watcher! – I loved THE CROWN, HOUSE OF CARDS, and TRANSPARENT.
What part of the writing process do you hate the most?
The start of a daunting, major revision. I loathe that moment of taking a novel apart and wondering if I’ll ever be able to put it back together again. It’s terrifying.
And the part you like the most?
That moment when I realize that the huge revision wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be, and – bonus – I can see that I made the novel is better than it was before.
Do you have a favorite writing spot that you get the most done?
Yes, I work really well on my porch in Kent, Connecticut. It’s quiet and peaceful, and I love to write there.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on my new novel LIMELIGHT. It’s a story about city life, mid-life, and the absurdities of fame. In LIMELIGHT, Allison, wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist, stumbles into the celebrity scene and finds a unique and unexpected opportunity that threatens to turn her — and her family’s — life upside down. LIMELIGHT will be out summer 2018, thanks to Emily Bestler Books/Simon and Schuster.
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What type of scenes are your favorite to write?
I love writing dialogue. I think my background in theater makes me enjoy the act of bringing characters together to talk, fight, misunderstand, convince, irritate, hit on, tease, and despise each other.
Do you find a certain time of day to be better for writing for you and why?
I’m a mess and totally undisciplined, so I never know if I’ll get my best work done in the morning, noon, or night. I wish I could plan my days better. Here’s an example: I often dress to exercise first thing in the morning, thinking it will clear my head and make me productive. But then I think I’ll just quickly reread what I wrote the night before, and next thing I know, it’s 2:00 in the afternoon, and I never worked out, never showered, never properly started my day. Other days I’ll be distracted by one thing or another, and I’ll get nothing done. But then I’ll suddenly sit down and be productive starting at 10:00pm. I confuse myself. I’d really like my writing life to be a little more regular and predictable, but oh well.
What’s been your favorite line in a review of one of your books?
I loved Julie Klam’s review in The Washington Post. She wrote: “Really, really funny… Both witty and wise, ‘Small Admissions’ is a big-hearted, charming novel.”
We all know authors shouldn’t read reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, do you?
Never!! Except for the times when I do, which is all the time. But other than that, I stay completely clear.
What was the last movie you saw in the theater and what you thought of it?
LION. It was amazing. I cried loudly and without restraint and made a fool of myself. But it was so beautiful and satisfying – Totally worth the tears.
Do you have a book you read as a child or teen that has stuck with you through adulthood?
The Laura Ingalls Wilder series was a favorite. I read them over and over and over again. I really credit those books with making me a reader – and by reader, I mean the kind of person who always has a “currently reading” book.
Amy has generously agreed to giveaway 2 print copies of Small Admissions.
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Thank you, Amy, for allowing me to feature you and your fabulous book, Small Admissions, on For the Love of Chick Lit. I love, love, LOVE the trailer and I can’t wait to read and review this one!