Friday, February 11, 2011

Interview with Aimee Ferris, author of Will Work for Prom Dress!

Aimee Ferris is the author of two YA novels, the newly released Will Work for Prom Dress and Girl Overboard. And today, she's here to answer a few of my questions.


In your opinion, what are the top three reasons why teens (or even adults) should consider picking up Will Work For Prom Dress the next time they see it in stores or online?

It's The Hills meets Project Runway meets The Apprentice meets The City with a splash of Jersey Sho-- okay, not really. But I think everybody could use a good laugh, and regardless of how long it's been since you tried to gracefully exit a limo in a mermaid gown, cracking up over classic awkward teen moments is an excellent escape from real life. I guess that wasn't really three reasons, was it...

Over the course of Will Work For Prom Dress, Quigley has several odd jobs (frozen pizza topper, dinner theater murder victim, etc.), so what are some odd jobs you had as a teen? Did any of them inspire the ones you gave to Quigley?

Though totally into theatre growing up, I proudly performed my one and only paid actress gig as...a dinner theatre murder victim. I took it easy on Quigley. My theatre was dark and overheated -- so when I played the part, I fell ASLEEP in the salad. I imagine it was a rather alarming final dance number as my completely disoriented teen self was scooped up from the chair mid-snore and tossed around stage by the two actors, before a faux dip that nearly sent the lead and I both sprawling into the table of eight, up front.

For most of the book, Quigley and her friend Anne are somewhat obsessed with prom (the dresses they will wear, the dates, etc.), which leaves me to wonder the following: why did you decide to have prom be one of the main focuses of the book?

It was hard to do otherwise, what with the title.

Do you have a favorite line from Will Work For Prom Dress?

"He who laughs last, thinks slowest."

With Prom Dress' release date fast approaching, do you have any ideas of how you'll spend the day?

I do!* Since I tend to freak out a little, I'll be getting my zen on 3,000ft up one of Vermont's gorgeous Green Mountains. This way when friends ask if I was totally obsessing over Amazon ranks or Goodreads reviews on the big day, I can truthfully say, " Me? Pshaw-- I was above all that." Okay, I might not say "pshaw." *I'm kind of a terrible skier, so hoping to not spend the days immediately following the release date in traction.

Name three things most of your readers would be surprised to know about you.

I used to train dolphins.
I quite happily spent three years of my life barefoot (and not my first three!).
My only scar is a tiny bite mark from a baby octopus I was trying to save from a poacher.

What's up next for you book wise?

I'm playing around with a follow up to Will Work for Prom Dress -- set in New York City the summer after prom, which may or may not shift the focus to Anne's vida loca -- including life with a certain mysterious family member-- though her sidekick, Quigley, would be certainly be there to monitor and rein in the inherent madness.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

YES! Everyone has to come over to -- it is complete PROMAPALOOZA* over there! I'll be posting a new prom photo of a fabulous young adult novelist each day, starting January 3rd. Come guess who that guy with the 12th grade mustache is-- or who the girl wearing combat boots under her gown might be. Midwest Big Hair, purple crushed velvet tuxes, punked out surly anti-prom pics, Man Perm? We got 'em all. *At some point, I'll be figuring out how to work in a Promapalooza Giveaway of some prom bling.


Thanks so much, Aimee! I really hope you'll be able to do a follow up to Will Work for Prom Dress because I have a feeling it will be fabulous!

To find out more about Aimee and her books, be sure to check out her website.

Buy her books:

Will Work for Prom Dress
Girl Overboard


  1. Great interview! Will Work for Prom Dress is on my bookshelf!

  2. Sounds like a good book. I'll have to check out the website.

  3. Awesome interview. Thanks for alerting me about this novel. I'm going to click the links.

  4. Fab interview! I really hope there is a sequel because I totally loved Quigley!


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