Today we welcome Sydney Salter to the blog as part of the Debs 2010 blog tour!
You’d think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love-after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. This summer, she’s going to focus on herself for once. So Polly is happy when she finds out Grandma is moving in-think of all the great advice she’ll get.
But Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy sexagenarian! How can Polly stop herself from falling for Xander Cooper, the suddenly-hot skateboarder who keeps showing up while she’s working at Wild Waves water park, when Grandma is picking up guys at the bookstore and flirting with the dishwasher repairman?
No advice column can prepare Polly for what happens when she goes on a group camping trip with three too many ex-boyfriends and the tempting Xander. Polly is forced to face her feelings and figure out if she can be in love-and still be herself.
Sydney Salter has never had an ex-boyfriend or worked in a water park, but she did once babysit a bulldog. Sydney now lives in Utah with her first and only boyfriend (now her husband), two daughters, two cats, two dogs, and a pair of tortoises. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and really tall, really twisty water slides.
She’s also the author of My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters and Jungle Crossing.
1. The future has arrived and geeks finally rule the world. You’ve been called before a council to establish your geek cred. What will you tell them?
I prefer glasses to contacts, and when my hair is long enough, I can rock that geek girl glasses with ponytail look; I only wear comfortable shoes; I read two books a week–and always finish books I start; I look up words I don’t know in one of several dictionaries; I keep up on current events; I love documentary films; I adore research–whether it’s for a book, a family vacation, or a new skirt. I prefer museums to malls. When I do go shopping, I rely heavily on help from the sales clerk or buy whatever the mannequin is wearing. A few months ago, a mannequin dresser chased me down after I’d removed the plastic woman’s clothes (she happened to be wearing my size) to ask me why I liked the outfit. I had to admit that I have no real fashion sense and figured that she might.
I could go into the fact that I still get pimples decades after puberty, but I don’t want make anyone too depressed…
2. The Geek Girls are always armed with Nerds and Smarties at public appearances. What type of candy best represents your book?
Rocky Road Chocolate Fudge.
3. It’s mash up time at cheerleading tryouts! What two songs would your main character combine to create the perfect dance performance?
So What by Pink and Need You Now by Lady Antebellum. Let’s just say Polly is confused, and being a closet geek herself, doesn’t know much about putting together a good tryout routine.
This sounds like a great summer read! Thanks, Sydney, for stopping by!