I recently had pretty much the worst job interview ever. The position was described as "marketing specialist." Turns out, it was selling knives at Sam's Club. For less money than I make now. (Which I didn't think was possible.) Obviously, the job was not for me. Not to mention, I failed every single question.
One of the questions he asked me was: "Who is your professional hero?" I answered Jodi Picoult, because she is a successful published author, with several books that have been made into movies/tv movies (and because I knew I didn't want the job and didn't have to pick some marketing guru or something).
I wouldn't say Jodi Picoult is my most favorite author, but I do admire her a lot. Well it didn't matter anyway because the guy had no idea who she was.
By the way, then he asked me: "What book are you reading now?" Finally! A question I like to hear. :) I told him I was reading IN HONOR. Obviously he had never heard of that, either. Oh well!
Anyway, what is the point of all this? Well, it got me thinking... who really is my professional hero? I wouldn't say I really have any heroes in the advertising world. So I decided to stick with an author.
The author whose career I admire the most is Sarah Mlynowski. I love that she has had success in multiple genres. The strange thing is, she is the author who got me hooked on chick lit, and then later when I started reading more YA, she came out with YA books. Crazy.
I got hooked on chick lit thanks to a friend who recommended SEE JANE DATE (by Melissa Senate, the best chick lit book ever) and MILKRUN (by Sarah Mlynowski). I decided I wanted to write my own chick lit book! This was after I graduated college and I was feeling very ambitious and like anything was possible. (Oh, to have those days back again.) Sarah even came out with a book on how to write a chick lit novel: SEE JANE WRITE.
Well, I never found my Mr. Right, never had my happy ending. So I decided chick lit was not for me after all. I switched to YA. And I was so excited to find that Sarah wrote YA books!
If you are not familiar with Sarah Mlynowski's books, I highly recommend checking them out!
I actually had a chance to meet her, and she was so incredibly nice and friendly. The book signing was so much fun. Look:
Susane Colasanti, Sarah Mlynowski and Maureen Johnson. Best book signing ever.
What author do you most admire? Or, who is your professional hero?