Waiting for Callback
by Perdita & Honor Cargill
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Release Date - January 28th 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository
Geek Girl meets Fame meets New Girl in this brilliantly funny new series!
When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can't be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of 'Dead Girl Number Three' without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?
Off-stage things aren't going well either - she's fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra's life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring - waiting for callback.
Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?
As debut authors what is your reaction to having your Waiting for Callback releasing in a couple of weeks time to the world and what would you like to say to those who've read it or are going to? (after this reading this post, ha.)
What we’d really like to say to readers (it’s still slightly unreal thinking about having readers!) is that we had so much fun writing this book that we really hope you’ll have fun reading it. We want readers to smile and laugh and (even if they’re not drama geeks like Elektra) have those lovely moments of recognition when you see yourself in a book. Curl up and read it and when you’ve finished pass it on to your own best friend because best friends are very important.
I loved that you wrote a book based on the realistic approaches to acting and how it's not as easy as people think to get into such a career path, what made you write a novel like Waiting for Callback?
The seed of the idea to write about the world of the professional drama kid was Hon’s experience of that world. She had an agent and went out to auditions and very occasionally got some small part and funny things happened that made us imagine other funny things happening that would make a fun book. Also we knew from first hand that it wasn’t as glamorous as it sounds and that there was a lot of rejection that teenagers would recognize and respond to. We wanted to write about a very real character even if she’s doing something that is a bit out of the ordinary.
You two wrote seamlessly together when I read your book, what is it like as a mother a daughter to write together? And what was your writing together? Did it go to plan or were there challenges along the way?
Ha, the writing only looks seamless because we both scribble over each other’s drafts endlessly and score out and rewrite until it all starts to smooth out. And we know Elektra’s voice very well now and because we are only writing from one point of view that makes it easier. And let’s not forget that we were professionally edited – a lot of ‘seams’ get ironed out during that phase.
We write together very easily – possibly in large part because we sit at computers at opposite ends of the house! The biggest challenge was just mastering the amount of work because Hon had school work & exams and because of the way we work I couldn’t just get on with it without her being around. On the other hand having the book to disappear into was sometimes a nice break from studying for her and it deflected attention away from all the real life stuff that otherwise I’d have been nagging her about! It wasn’t easy but we had so much fun and laughed so much doing it that we never contemplated stopping. And now we’re happily collaborating on book two…
Elektra is an awesome name by the way, how much of each of you is written in her?
A family friend has a (lovely) daughter called Elektra and we always really liked the name. That was our main character’s name from day one. Hon and I both have a dry, sarcastic sense of humour and there’s lots of that in Elektra. Hon shares a few other things with her most notably that she loses her phone ALL THE Time!
Favourite scene of Waiting For Callback?
Such a tricky question! P: I have a soft spot for the Squirrelina voiceover scene (Hon wrote the first draft at scary speed on holiday) but it feels weird singling out a scene (we wouldn’t want to upset the others!). Hopefully we’ve built a world where they are all better for being alongside each other.
As writers who is your inspiration?
All the generous writers out there who have welcomed us, helped us and shown us the way (Emma Carroll, Jenny McLachlan, Abi Elphinstone and Keris Stainton to name just a few). We’re watching and learning!
P: the old ones. Maybe His Girl Friday?
H: Don’t judge me but I adore Mean Girls.
Favourite actor or actress?
P: Gregory Peck? Cary Grant? I know, there’s a pattern here…
H: On stage Rory Kinnear (brilliant Hamlet) or Janet McTeer. On screen you can never go wrong with the great Jennifer Lawrence …
Waiting For Callback in 5 words?
Trying, failing, humiliation, laughing, repeat!
Thank you so much ladies for taking time to stop by my blog.
Perdita: I used to be the least numerate tax barrister ever to practise at the English bar but now I'm writing at last and it's the best 'job' in the world - not least because I'm writing funny teen books with my daughter.
Honor: I'm 17, I'm in my last year at school doing A levels and yes, weirdly, I'm co-writing funny teen books with my mum and having so much fun with it. I used to do a bit of acting (mostly school but a tiny bit professional) and although Elektra, our main character, is nothing like me, I suppose that's where the germ of the idea for Waiting for Callback came from.
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