Author: Amy Ellis
Page count: 129
Genre: Young Adult
Price: $7.99 (paperback), $1.99 Kindle Edition
Amy Ellis was born in Fredericksburg, VA and is a graduate from Longwood University with a BA in English/Creative Writing and a minor in children’s literature. She is writing as fast as she can.
Tell us about your book:
Jenni is an average teenage girl about to graduate from high school who keeps a blog about her struggles to get a boyfriend and arguments with her best friend, Carly. But Jenni’s blog is a bit different. She’s a pro-ana/pro-mia blogger documenting her struggles with her eating disorder, keeping track of her weight, calorie intake and what her parents made her eat. When her best friend Carly discovers her blog, things start to blow up, only getting worse as Jenni meets Dani, who also suffers from an eating disorder. Jenni’s story is tragic and sarcastic rolled into blog format and told through her posts and text messages.
How long did it take to write the book?
6 months from start to finish.
What inspired you to write the book?
I originally wanted to write a non-fiction book about Thinspiration blogs on Tumblr but decided that was boring and already done so I turned it into a novel for a contest I didn’t win.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
Ha! Writing routine? Not really. I just wrote when I had the time and felt like writing (which is about 25% of the time because I’m horribly lazy). I did do a lot of research though. I spent a lot of time on Thinspo blogs to get an idea of what these girls put in their blogs and what their daily lives look like. It was depressing but interesting at the same time and I hope all of those girls get the help they need to get over their eating disorders.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I don’t like to say that I write my books with a “message” in mind. I just hope the readers enjoy reading it.
Where can we go to buy your book?
Amazon for the Kindle or Paperback!
Any other links or info you’d like to share?
You can follow me on Twitter @amesplaza where I complain about public transportation and other daily things.
Excerpt from book:
Sunday January 8
Blog – 2:15 PM
I skipped church this morning because I didn’t want to eat the Christ Crackers. I think mom was mad but we’re not very religious so I don’t think it’s a huge deal. I’ll go next week when they’re not having communion.
Text Message – 4:52 PM
Ana Caitlyn: Mom’s making me eat Sunday dinner. Definitely purging later.
Me: Hide as much in your napkins as possible.
Ana Caitlyn: If my dog eats anymore of my food, she’ll be purging too. On accident, of course.
Me: You think dogs can be Ana?
Ana Caitlyn: That wasn’t a serious question was it?
(It might have been.)
Blog – 5:15 PM
Mom has been around all day and dad is getting back in town from Cleveland. He’s always away on business and gets to escape this shit town. I know that mom will be planning a big meal for his return. She calls it an escape from hotel food but I call it hell.
If I had his job, it’d be a lot easier not to eat. No one would notice if I stayed in the hotel room and watched Pretty Woman all night. The alone time would be nice. The quiet. There’d be no one watching to see if you eat or checking your napkins to see where you hid the food this time. You wouldn’t walk out with dinner rolls in your bra and wouldn’t need to purge. My own personal heaven.
Coming home would be the worst part because instead of restricting like I want to, there’d be a big meal waiting for me. Things would just be so much easier if I never had to come home, but sometimes you have to struggle for the things you really want and I want to be thin.
Text Message – 6:02 PM
Carly: You should’ve come to the party last night. Sean had a hot tub. I’m still hungover.
Me: That sucks.
Carly: Totally worth it. Your dad back yet?
Me: Yep. Mom’s making a big dinner for him.
Carly: You going to eat it?
I didn’t reply. She already knew the answer.
Blog – 7:35 PM
Mom was watching closely at dinner.
“Jenni, you have to eat something.”
I ate a few peas to make her happy.
“Jenni, eat something. Your mother worked hard on this meal,” Dad said, his mouth full of roast beef and potatoes. I lost my appetite seeing the food swishing around in his mouth. “It’s delicious, honey,” he added to appease my mom. The food in his mouth reminded me of a purge. Looking down at the food you’d just eaten floating in the toilet bowl, everything still vaguely recognizable but not nearly as appetizing.
I stared at my plate.
“Jenni, eat!” he said again, shoving more food into his mouth, digging his fork further into his pile of mashed potatoes. Half chewed food flashed at his lips opened to speak again.
“Dad, stopped talking with your mouth full!” I snapped. I didn’t mean to. It just… popped out.
I got sent to my room without supper. Mission accomplished, I guess.
I just couldn’t watch my dad sop gravy up with his biscuits anymore. It’s disgusting watching people eat. Lips smacking, the clink of silverware on dinner plates, partially chewed food on someone’s tongue as they request a fifth dinner roll, gravy pouring over everything and soaking into the spongy crevices of doughy bread. It’s like a gory horror movie every day at dinner time. Makes my stomach churn, as if I needed help purging.
Current Weight: 119 lbs.
Calories consumed: 290