Understudies never get to perform
. . . which is why being Juliet’s understudy in the school’s yearly “Evening with Shakespeare” is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it’s just:
- a) Shakespeare is HARD,
- b) Amanda, aka the “real” Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
- c) there’s no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.
Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of Ash. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.
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- What is on your nightstand?
Bookwise it’s The Romantics by Leah Konen. There’s also a notebook, pen, hair bands, knickknacks, and some random clutter.
- What author would you totally fan?
Judy Blume! She was a favorite of mine when I was younger and is still a favorite now – although there’s a good chance I’d be too nervous to go up and say hi or try and have a conversation if I ever ran into her!
- What makes you cringe?
I always cringe (and laugh) when I think about some of the embarrassing things I’ve done over the years—like when I gushed about how hot I thought some guy was to then turn around and see him standing behind me or when in an attempt to take a shortcut to the place I was working back in college, I wound up getting locked inside this hallway that separated my company and the store next door. I couldn’t get a phone signal, and I had to pound on the door and scream for help until someone finally found me. It was pitch black, and I had no idea how long it would take before someone showed up. On the upside, it was a really good excuse for why I was late.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
It depends on the book—some I outline and others I kind of plot in my head and then just start writing. I did use an outline for Romeo & What’s Her Name.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Nothing sticks out as a particular word I love to use (although I certainly have some that wind up in my books more than others). However, one thing I do love to include is a character with a dimple. Personally, I’m a huge fan of dimples and find myself describing at least one main character as having one.
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