Sunday, August 12, 2012

Jessica Brody

Jessica Brody graduated from Smith College in 2001 with a double major in Economics and French and a minor in Japanese. She went to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development, and then, in 2005, she quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Brody is the author of two novels for adults--The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover--and the young adult novels The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father.

A few weeks ago I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
I normally read young adult. Not just because I write in that genre, but also because I think young adult has some of the best stories these days. (And also because I’m secretly still 15 and always will be!) But recently I participated in an event with the author, Laura Moriarty who just released a new book called The Chaperone. I received a complimentary copy of the book and decided to read a few pages that night to see what it was about. Well, fast forward 24 hours and I couldn’t put the darn thing down! I just finished it last week and it was such a delightful read. The book is historical fiction (which I have a soft spot for) that takes place in the 1920s. It’s about the 30-something woman who chaperoned the famous silent film star, Louise Brooks, on her first trip to New York (before she became famous). I’ll admit when I heard the concept I didn’t think it would make for a very engaging story. But oh was I wrong! Not only is the story completely engaging but the writing is wonderful and the characters are so well done. I’ll definitely be checking out Laura’s other books soon!
Visit Jessica Brody's website and blog.

Writers Read: Jessica Brody (October 2009).

My Book, The Movie: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father.

--Marshal Zeringue