Friday, April 04, 2014

Ellie Stanton Blog Tour and Author Interview

About the Book:

Ellie Stanton by Aurora Zahni

Genres: YA Contemporary

Published January 14th, 2014

Publisher: Beau Coup Publishing


Book 1 in the Heller Park Series focuses on Ellie Stanton. An imperfect, unremarkable girl makes a hero’s 

journey. Ellie Stanton needed to have a good day. The universe had something else in store. Getting caught 

shoplifting. Check. Dumping her lame boyfriend. Check. Expulsion from school. Check. Getting kicked out 

of her house and then stealing her mother’s car while she’s in a New Jersey turnpike rest stop Cinnabon? 

Check. The only sensible option is to run as fast as she can and never look back. Now Ellie is running going 

cross country to raise a little hell and maybe along the way learn everything she needs to know about life.

About the Author:

Aurora Zahni is a former rebel who’s trying to bring a little bit of Judy Blume and Sylvia Plath to the Twilight 

Generation. Over the years she7092273 has given half­assed / full throttle contributions to numerous zines 

and blogs, written a web movie and done significantly well in countless competitive eating events.

When she was in the 8th grade she was on the local evening news. A dead body was being lifted out of the 

water at a marina by the Meadowlands and you could clearly see her standing in the background watching, 

looking a bit excited for the camera. Looking back it may have been the highlight of her entire childhood.




Interview with the Author:

Can you tell us about your book, Ellie Stanton, in 15 words or less?

Life sucks. She wants it to be better. She eventually figures it out.

What was your favorite scene to write?

The scene with the fortune teller. It was the one scene that I went out and did direct research for. And 

as I was sitting in a hallway getting possibly the worst Tarot reading in history I had this enormous 

smile on my face because I was picturing how I would write it. I literally ran out when I was done and 

started writing notes on the street.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

After I cut the last third of the book and rewrote it nothing was hard to cut. You cut and paste the “good 

lines” into a file marked “to use later” and move on.

What is one of your favorite quotes from Ellie Stanton?

"Brett, please. You don't love me. It's just a prolonged like. I let you feel me up while we 

watched The Golden Girls. This hardly makes us soul-mates."

Is this going to be a standalone or part of a sequel?

The book works as a stand alone but it’s part of a series where all the books are connected. The 

second book, while not a direct sequel, is very closely tied to Ellie.

Did any music inspire you while writing this book?

Very much so. The first thing I did before I started working on it was make a playlist of “Ellie theme 

songs.” I always write with music playing and it’s never incidental noise. 

If you could cast any of the characters who would you choose?

I’m not sure. I made it a point to never physically describe anyone in the book so attaching a performer 

to it just seems wrong almost!

Are you currently working on anything else?

I’m working on the third book in the series and also compiling a book of all the songs and poetry my 

character Emma Droony writes.

What is the best book that you’ve read recently?

I just reread One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and it may be the best book 

ever written.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

I can’t even begin to list. One of the few negatives about committing to becoming an author and 

entering the community is that it leaves precious little reading time and an overabundance of talented 

people’s work to read. My current TBR pile includes a few horror novels for research and a stack of 

new novels by friends and foes alike.

1 comment:

  1. Great interview! Thanks for being on the tour, Cassandra!



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