I’m thrilled to be touring Jennifer Banash and her latest book in The Elites series, IN TOO DEEP:
If you don’t belong here— you just don’t belong…
The Bramford building’s newest resident and small-town transplant Casey McCloy is adapting to life in the Big Apple and loving it. She’s got the look, the attitude, and a delish new boyfriend, Drew Van Allen. But she’s starting to have second thoughts as to whether the “New York” Casey is the real Casey. And she’s not so sure she likes herself much anymore. She’s not the only one.
Madison Macallister has always had her Manolo Blahniks firmly planted on the top rung of the social ladder—until that corn-fed cow Casey stole Drew away from her and made her look the fool. So what if Madison wasn’t exactly dating Drew at the time? She wanted him. And everyone knows that Madison gets what she wants, like Drew—and a little revenge.
What inspired the plot for your book?
Reality television–I’m kind of obsessed with it! Since the characters in IN TOO DEEP wind up getting their own reality show (think “The REAL Gossip Girls of NYC), I wanted the PLOT of the book to resemble a reality show as much as possible.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
Because it’s a genre I love! I really love being able to write for teens because they’re so passionate about YA literature.
What is your writing process like?
I am a procrastinator who puts everything off until the last second if I have a choice, so I don’t give myself one! When I’m actively working on a book, I have to write a chapter a day, five days a week, no exceptions. Whatever else I do that day, the chapter must get done. I find that if I keep to a strict schedule, I don’t have the chance to become distracted.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a YA series about a girl who moves with her family from Malibu, California to a castle in Romania. She discovers a diary in the cellar that belonged to one of the most prolific female killers in history–and becomes drawn into her story in ways she never imagined possible . . .
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I read–A LOT! I also watch tons of movies and TV shows–GOSSIP GIRL, HOUSE, ROCK OF LOVE BUS, LOST, THE BACHELOR, THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC, THE REAL WORLD, to name just a few 🙂
Who do you like to read?
Alyson Noel, Megan Kelly Hall, Anna Godbersen, Barry Lyga, Daniel Waters, Alexa Young, Maureen Johnson, AS King, Virgina Woolf, Bret Easton Ellis, Stephen King.
Praise For THE ELITE series, and IN TOO DEEP:
“The Elite is Pretty in Pink for the millennium generation.”
—Romance Reviews Today
What’s a Normal, Illinois girl to do when she enters the world of New York City’s rich and bitchy? Hold tight, because this is one drama-filled ride.”
–Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway.
“In Too Deep is a seductive read.”
—Innovative: A Word for the WriTeen Blog
“Fans of the drama, romance, gossip, and privileged lifestyle depicted in Gossip Girl and Blue Bloods will be drawn to In Too Deep… In Too Deep continues to showcase the glitzy and glamorous lifestyle of New York City’s privileged teens…Banash’s Elite series continues to rock above the rest.”
—The Compulsive Reader Blog
“As you know, life in the posh and drama-filled Upper East Side is never easy! Hold onto your Hermes scarves and Coach handbags, the Bram Clan is back for more action and drama!”
—The Book Vault Blog
“Banash is fabulous at creating relatable characters in over-the-top situations.”
—In Bed With Books Blog
About Jennifer Banash:
Jennifer Banash attended high school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and currently lives in Southern California with her Beagle, Sigmund, and her vast designer shoe collection. She is the author of THE ELITE series, published by Berkley Jam. Watch for the third installment of THE ELITE, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, coming in July 09!