Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Interview with Amy Holder

I would like to welcome author Amy Holder. Amy wrote the super funny novel The Lipstick Laws and is also part of the Class of 2K11. I was dying to ask Amy questions about her and all things Lipstick Laws.

Can you tell us a little about Lipstick Laws?
THE LIPSTICK LAWS is a humorous coming-of-age story about popularity gone wrong. It also delves into issues such as bullying, body image and peer pressure. April, the main character and narrator, is a quirky, curly-haired, flat-as-a-board sophomore who has a peculiar addiction to Kleenex… but you’ll have to read the book to find out more.

How did you come up with so many slang terms?
Most people don’t know this, but I’m actually certified in Slang Come-uppery. Slang Come-uppery is a phonetic science that comes in useful in certain situations… like when I want to confuse the heck out of someone in a serious conversation. I believe the knack for creating random words was probably passed down by my grandfather who coined the terms finorken, frapner, and weboflitz, among other things. My family is filled with crazy word lovers, so it’s probably in my genes.

What was your inspiration for this book?
My inspiration came from the trauma of my own teen years. Okay, they weren’t that bad. Really, most of the inspiration came from April, my main character. I started free-writing in her voice and the whole story evolved from there. I knew I wanted to write a humorous story about the ups and downs of high school and the social hierarchies within it, and April’s character really helped make that happen.

If you were in high school would you be Team Britney or Team April and why?
I’d be Team April all the way! That’s mostly because I like chocolate and sweatpants too much to ever be able to follow the Lipstick Laws. Also, I could picture myself being friends with April much more than Britney.

There are Seven Lipstick Laws. Which one would you have broken?
Oh boy, I’m sure I’d break all of them at some point or another…. but I’d probably break Lipstick Law 2 (the fashion law) pretty quickly because although I love fashion and dressing up, I also love my cozy sweats. Lipstick Law 3 (the weight law) would also be pretty difficult to follow because my weight fluctuates like the weather. Sad but true.

If you had to get back at a mean girl what would you do?
Although I’d love to say something ultra clever and scheme-worthy here, I really think success is the best revenge! There’s nothing more satisfying than succeeding at something and leaving your naysayers or bullies in the dust behind you.

If you were in High School which of the two guys would you have dated Matt or Delvin?
I confess, I probably would have gone for Matt as a teen because I would have been much more interested in his looks and suaveness over Delvin’s geek-factor. However, as an adult looking back, Delvin would be my guy! Delvin is sweet, smart, and respectful, which are all qualities that are so much more important than looks in the long run.

What is your next project and where can people find you?
I’m finishing up another humorous YA story with a bit of a paranormal twist. I’ve also been considering a Lipstick Laws sequel. We’ll see… If you’d like to learn more about me, my book(s), or upcoming events, please visit my author website at

Lipstick Laws is in stores now so pick up a copy. I would like to thank Amy for taking time to visit! Click giveaways for details on how to win one of the Class of 2K11 novels including The Lipstick Laws.


  1. Great questions! I interviewed Amy last week for Debut Author Incites and it was really fun :)

    Great interview!!

  2. I will be reading this one soon, it's up next on my tbr pile and can't wait to get into it. Great interview!! =)

  3. Haha this sounds like a really entertaining novel! I'll keep a look out for it. :) Thanks for an awesome interview!


  4. Great interview, I'm excited for this!

  5. I am really intrigued by the various laws I keep hearing mentioned. It kind of sounds like the rules in Mean Girls, maybe? I can't wait to find out! Great interview!

  6. Cari, you have an awesome video review of "The Lipstick Laws"!!! Why don't you post it directly here?! I would love some more like that.
    Oh, I watched your "Through Her Eyes" video review and could not find it here on the blog too :0,

    ~ Sorilla