I’m always so excited to work with author Elizabeth Eulberg when she has a new book coming out … firstly, because her books are always so wonderful. But secondly, because Elizabeth herself is probably one of the sweetest people I’ve never actually met. She’s such a delight to exchange emails with and plan features with … I’ll never tire of chatting up Elizabeth about her books!
Today, we present part one of our new Q&A with Elizabeth, as we talk about her newest book, Take a Bow!
It would either be piano or music composition.
I know you’ve dabbled a bit in music and performance. Do you ever get stage fright? How do you beat the jitters?
Yes! I used to get so nervous before piano recitals. It got so bad, my piano teacher didn’t like to turn my pages for me because my hands would shake so much and it made HER nervous. What’s weird is that I never got nervous performing in band. I’d turn up the volume on my piano in pep band, but there was something about performing solo that freaked me out.
It’s no secret that you’re a bit of a karaoke junkie. If you were to take the kids from TAKE A BOW out for karaoke, what song would Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan each perform?
I LOVE this question!
Emme: “So Far Away” by Carole King
Sophie: “I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls (or any Whitney or Mariah song, she’d want to showoff).
Carter: Carter isn’t a singer, so he’d go with a rap song like Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”
Ethan: Radiohead’s “Creep”
Each of your books is so different, yet each one also features the trials and tribulation of teen love. What is it about this time in our lives that makes romance so difficult, and yet so … well, romantic?
I think being a teenager just makes everything so dramatic because you’re experiencing a lot of firsts while also figuring out who you are and what you want to be. I find that it’s really hard to forget that time in your life, no matter how hard you try… Throw in a boy and it ups the drama even more!
After everything that happened in TAKE A BOW, Sophie is the one character who doesn’t really change much from start to finish. Do you think Sophie will ever learn?
Ah, Sophie…The biggest change in Sophie we see is the confidence she had when she originally auditions and then three years later during her senior year a lot of that confidence has been shaken. She went from being the biggest star of her neighborhood to being just average at a performing arts high school. But to answer your question, no, I don’t think she ever does learn. I did originally write a “10 Years Later” epilogue that we decided to edit out, so I do know what happens to everybody, but am going to wait a bit before I share that (I know, I’m a tease!).
Carter faces a difficult situation in TAKE A BOW: choosing between an easy, but unsatisfying future … and an unknown but rewarding new direction. Have you ever faced a similar choice?
I never really thought about that in terms of my own life, but yes, I have faced a similar choice. Becoming a full-time author was a huge dream, but you do give up a steady paycheck, health insurance, benefits, etc. But sometimes you need to take a chance on yourself, which is something both Carter and I have done.
Thanks, Elizabeth! Tune in tomorrow for part 2, when Elizabeth tackles our flash questions!