Author Chat with Stephanie Elliot, Plus Giveaway!

Author Chat with Stephanie Elliot, Plus Giveaway!

Today we're excited to chat with Stephanie Elliotauthor of Sad Perfect

Below you'll find more about Stephanie

her book, plus a giveaway!

 

YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

STEPHANIE ELLIOT: I was inspired to write Sad Perfect after my daughter was diagnosed with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, at the age of 15. She had been more than a “picky eater” for most of her life, and no one could tell us what was the matter. Finally, she was diagnosed and we had a name for her eating disorder. She went through a 20-week intensive outpatient therapy program, and I started writing a little bit after that.

YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?

STEPHANIE ELLIOT: Pea is my favorite character, because she is pretty closely based on my daughter, McKaelen.

YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?

STEPHANIE ELLIOT: The title Sad Perfect absolutely came before I had any idea I was going to write a novel. We were in family therapy night for McKaelen, and parents were asked to draw a picture of how we thought our child was doing. I drew a picture of McKaelen with a blindfold over her eyes and an X over her mouth, because she wouldn’t eat. And I wrote the words Sad Perfect because that’s how I was feeling about her at the time, that she was so sad, yet I felt she was perfect too. I hadn’t even thought about writing a book then.

YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

STEPHANIE ELLIOT: I really love the opening chapters when Pea and Ben meet. When I started writing, I didn’t set out to write a book about an eating disorder. I just wanted to write about two teens and a ‘meet-cute,’ which is actually a true story about how my

daughter met her then boyfriend – floating on the Salt Lake River in Arizona in July. Everything about their day sounded so teenager-ish, fun, and romantic and I wanted to recapture it. So I wrote what I thought it would have been like. That ended up being the beginning of Sad Perfect.

YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?

STEPHANIE ELLIOT: I really, really love how the safety pin pricks right through the backward e in “perfect”. And, it’s pretty cool that the e is backward. And that I even have a book cover with my name on it! That’s pretty amazing to think about!

YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
STEPHANIE ELLIOT: Now Is Everything by Amy Giles is one I’m really excited to read. From what I understand there’s a big shocker in it and I love thrillers so I can’t wait for this one. It’s available on amazon for pre-order right now!

YABC: What would you say is your superpower?

STEPHANIE ELLIOT: I actually have two superpowers.

  1. The ability to nap, and when I say nap, I don’t mean a quick

    twenty-minute nap and I’m revived and ready for the rest of

    the day. I mean killer two- or three-hour naps. I love naps.

  2. And my second superpower is the ability to be late for everything. I am “SuperLatePerson”, but only like ten or fifteen minutes. So if I tell you I’ll meet you at 10 a.m. it’s really 10:15. And yes, I’m very sorry in advance about that superpower, but I didn’t choose it. It was given to me.

YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

STEPHANIE ELLIOT: If there was an ARFID Foundation I’d be involved in it for sure, but since the eating disorder was just named a couple of years ago, it isn’t mainstream enough yet to have a foundation. Maybe I could start one! I’m really passionate about ARFID Awareness and I run a website and a blog and do what I can online to help those with the disorder find treatment and others to talk to.

I’m also a huge advocate of The Epilepsy Foundation. My youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 10, and we’ve had our share of struggles and heartbreak with this seizure disorder, so I try to help families dealing with epilepsy when I can.

YABC: What’s up next for you?

STEPHANIE ELLIOT: I’m working on another YA contemporary, but I don’t know, in the immediate future, maybe I’ll use my superpower and take a nap.  

Meet Stephanie Elliot!
 
 
 Stephanie Elliot is the author of the young adult novel Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She has written for a variety of websites and magazines and has been a passionate advocate of other authors by promoting their books on the Internet for years. She has been, or still is, all of the following: a book reviewer, an anonymous parenting columnist, a mommy blogger, an editor, a professional napper, a reformed Diet Coke drinker, a gecko breeder and the author of three self-published novels.

A Florida native, Stephanie has lived near Chicago and Philadelphia and currently calls Scottsdale, Arizona home. She graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Stephanie and her husband Scott have three children: AJ, McKaelen and Luke. They are all her favorites.

 

Meet Sad Perfect!

 

For sixteen-year-old Pea, eating has always been difficult. Some people might call her a picky eater, but she knows it's more than that, and it's getting worse. And now there's a monster raging inside of her, one that controls more than just her eating disorder. The monster is growing, and causing anxiety, depression, and dangerous thoughts. When Pea meets Ben and they fall crazy-mad in love, she tries to keep the monster hidden. But the monster wants out, and as much as she tries, she can't pretend that the bad in her doesn't exist. Unable to control herself, a chain of events thrusts Pea into a situation she never imagined she'd find herself in. With the help of Ben, her family, and her best friend, Pea must find the inner strength to understand that her eating disorder doesn't have to control her.

 

 

 

 

Sad Perfect

By: Stephanie Elliot

Release Date: February 28, 2017 

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Comments 11

Amanda Smith on Friday, 03 February 2017 11:58

Sounds like a great read!

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Sounds like a great read!
Tiffany Engler on Friday, 03 February 2017 15:53

Looks like a great book!

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Looks like a great book!
Donia Eskander on Friday, 03 February 2017 18:29

This sounds like such a good contemporary book! I want to read this so much and the cover is so pretty.

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This sounds like such a good contemporary book! I want to read this so much and the cover is so pretty.
John on Sunday, 05 February 2017 18:33

The cover is very simple and direct, and I very much enjoyed the synopsis!

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The cover is very simple and direct, and I very much enjoyed the synopsis!
Kristy Petree on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 12:34

I feel like the cover is simple yet very telling of something major. I like the synopsis, especially seeing that the author drew from personal experience. Thanks!

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I feel like the cover is simple yet very telling of something major. I like the synopsis, especially seeing that the author drew from personal experience. Thanks!
Kelly G on Friday, 17 February 2017 12:45

This sounds like such a powerful book, and I love the simplicity of the cover.

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This sounds like such a powerful book, and I love the simplicity of the cover.
Dianna G. on Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:03

I first heard about this book from a different blog, and was so interested in learning more. The cover didn't strike me as a YA read, but the synopsis really sounds intriguing.

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I first heard about this book from a different blog, and was so interested in learning more. The cover didn't strike me as a YA read, but the synopsis really sounds intriguing.
Cat on Saturday, 18 February 2017 14:03

Very simple, but perfect cover. I'm trying to expand into more contemporary reads and this one really interests me!

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Very simple, but perfect cover. I'm trying to expand into more contemporary reads and this one really interests me!
Lily M. on Sunday, 19 February 2017 02:34

I don't think I've read about eating disorders so I think it will be an interesting read.

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I don't think I've read about eating disorders so I think it will be an interesting read.
Heidi Wong on Sunday, 26 February 2017 17:02

The cover it simple, but I still find it beautiful. The summary sounds very interesting and I would like to learn more about eating disorders, and the mental harm they can do.

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The cover it simple, but I still find it beautiful. The summary sounds very interesting and I would like to learn more about eating disorders, and the mental harm they can do.
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 26 February 2017 17:54

I think this novel will be emotional and gripping to read. I'm not sure how the cover is connected, but it still attracts me anyway.

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I think this novel will be emotional and gripping to read. I'm not sure how the cover is connected, but it still attracts me anyway.

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