Emma G. is CRAZY about Aaron, lead singer of Boyz3000. Of course, she doesn’t actually know him, but so what? Feelings are feelings. That is until Josh appears… and he’s soooooo CUTE. Navigating her two crushes and her middle school life, especially with eighth-grade hater Renee around, is a challenge. And oh yeah, she’s got to earn money for an AWESOME trip to the Bahamas to see the band of her dreams. Hello???? How much can one thirteen-year-old take???
“AT THE HOTEL IN THE BAHAMAS WHERE I AM GOING!!!!” she screamed into my ear. “THEY’RE DOING A CONCERT!!”
“OH MY GOD!!!” I screamed back. I nearly fell off my chair. “That is so awesome!”
“I know, but wait! My parents said I could take a friend, and I want to take you!”
“Me?” I gasped. “You want to take me? To see Boyz3000 in their concert?”
“Yes, because we both love them and you’re my best friend and…”
Jenny kept talking, but I was so excited I didn’t hear anything else until she said, “We are leaving next Saturday for the weekend.”
“No! Next Saturday! The one after this weekend! My parents will pay for the hotel and all. You’ll share my room. You just need to pay for your plane ticket.”
“Uh-oh,” I said. “How much does that cost?”
“It’s on a special deal; it’s a hundred and fifty dollars.”
“Oh. That’s a lot of money. I don’t know if they’ll pay that.”
“I know it’s a lot, but they have to.”
“But what if they don’t?”
Jenny thought for a minute. “Tell them you’ll die if you don’t go.”
“That kind of thing doesn’t work with my parents.”
“Well, think of something! ANYTHING!!!” she shrieked. “My dad is trying to get us backstage passes for the Meet and Greet!!!”
“WHAT?” I gasped. “THE MEET AND GREET???”
“Yes!!!” Jenny squealed. “We’ll be able to meet them IN PERSON, and probably talk to them too because my dad works in TV and…”
She was still talking but I didn’t hear anything else. Oh my God!!! Oh my God!!! My heart totally stopped beating at that very moment…
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I read a lot, go to the gym, listen to music. I live at the beach in Malibu and in New York City and each offers such incredible opportunities. At the beach I love taking pictures: flocks of birds dive bombing in the ocean for fish, the sea gull that alighted on my skylight so I got an amazing shot from below, the pelicans flying nearly eye level at my deck, and dolphins that swim fairly close to shore. I love walking in the beautiful Temescal Canyon, where I feel like I’m stepping back thousands of years, into a primeval world. New York is totally different. I’m near museums and galleries and go to the theater. And New York is a fabulous walking city. There’s something to see and do everywhere.
Do you have a day job as well?
I’ve been incredibly lucky. I’ve worked steadily in the entertainment industry. I launched my career as a singer/songwriter and later became an actress on Broadway and on TV. I become an audiobook producer and director and finally a writer and editor. My work has always been what I love to do.
What was your favourite book as a child?
My absolute favorite is Dr. Seuss’s HORTON HATCHES THE EGG!!! It’s got everything: suspense, betrayal, courage and unconditional love. And it all rhymes!
When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
I began writing songs after college and toured the country singing. I always thought that being a writer had to be the best thing in the world, and writing a book, the best of the best. When I began directing audiobooks, it gave me an on-the-job writing course, because I was intent on analyzing the story’s tone, it’s message, meaning, structure and characters so I could help guide the actors. I produced and directed artists like Anne Hathaway reading The Princess Diaries, and Joe Morton reading The Invisible Man. I worked with Judy Blume on audio versions of her books, Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison, and many other extraordinary artists. I had to be ready and I loved it! After many years, I finally decided it was time to write my own book and Emma G. Loves Boyz is it. Emma G. is the one who is making my dream of writing a book a reality.
What book do you wish you had written?
Horton Hatches the Egg.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will still be writing. I love writing for and about young people.
They are creative and learning and full of potential, and I hope that my work represents that about them. I also intend to keep writing music and books for young children.
When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing poetry as a kid. When I became an adult, I wrote songs.
Emma G., I am proud to say, is my first book! I finished it last year.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
As I noted, I love young people and think they’ve got so much to say. Middle grade and YA fiction are powerful because they are about a time in life when the world is opening up to you; you’re creating your own social group, you’re discovering who you are and how you want to be in the world. Middle grade and YA allow young people to experience ideas, challenges and emotions they may be struggling with. That’s the pull.
Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’m a pantser. I can plan certain basic things, but then I’ll have an idea that changes what I’d thought would happen.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
My publisher had launched a new company, Red Sky Presents. That was the first company I submitted the book to. When he said “yes,” it was miraculous.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
A young cousin of mine loved music and Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. She went to see them in concert in the Bahamas with a friend’s family. She didn’t have to contribute any money to her ticket but the idea of going to see the band of her dreams inspired the story. All the events, however: Emma’s essay, her song writing, her conversations, friends, the “other boy,’ and the bully are all imagined.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I loved writing the chapter about Emma meeting Josh on the beach. Like everyone, I remember those feelings of first love so well. An amazingly adorable boy moved into the building where I lived then I was 13. I had all the feelings for him that Emma has for Josh. I have never forgotten the day he and I were talking outside the building, and my dad came out and told me to get inside because it was raining. I didn’t feel a drop because I was just looking into his eyes. That’s how Emma feels when she meets Josh. She’s mesmerized.
How did you come up with the title?
My story editor and long-time friend, Barry Orms and I were talking about Emma’s feelings of love for both the band, Boyz3000, and the boy she had a crush on. Barry is a talent manager and producer, and he’s great at coming up with album and show titles. “That’s it!” he said. “Emma G. Loves Boyz, spelled with a z.”
Do you read your reviews?
Do you respond to them, good or bad?
Do you respond to them, good or bad?
Yes. It’s always great getting a good review and feeling that
the critic got what you were going for. And I admit I feel bad if someone says something negative, even if it’s a minor thing.
Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Take a deep breath and see if you can learn something from the review. If not, forget it.
Tea or coffee: Coffee
Light side or dark side: Light
Black and white or colour? Black and white
Drawings or paintings? Paintings
Books or movies? Books
Early bird or night owl? Night Owl
Winter or summer? Summer
Spring or fall? Spring
Boots or sandals? Boots
Silver or gold? Silver
Dancing or singing? Singing
Wine or beer? Wine
Body weight exercises or lifting weights? Lifting weights
Grammys or Oscars? Grammys
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Taro Meyer is a Grammy, Parents’ Choice, and Audie Award winning Audio Producer who has been producing and directing YA audiobooks for over 20 years, including The Princess Diaries Series starring Anne Hathaway, the All American Girl Series starring Ari Meyers, The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr) and Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One, Here’s to You Rachel Robinson and Tiger Eyes among others.
She co-produced two touring companies of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's smash rock show Christmas Eve and Other Stories and their TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, receiving Gold and Platinum Albums for her work with the team. She was associate producer of the award winning anti-bullying movie, “The Contest,” and co-produced the premier showcase of off-Broadway’s Little Willie.
As an actress and singer, she starred on Broadway in the musical Zorba, in numerous regional and off-Broadway shows, and on TV’s All My Children, Another World (for which she also composed music) and the mini-series Memories of Midnight, amongst others.
Meyer wrote and produced the upcoming children’s album: Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist Patti Austin; an updated, joyous musical version of Classic Fairy tales, accompanied by an illustrated book, The Ugly Duckling.
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