Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.
And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?
Holly vs Harriet: The Geek Factor
It’s pretty obvious Harriet’s a geek but about Holly Smale author of Geek Girl?
Explain the difference between Geek & Nerd?
Geeks are introverted extroverts; nerds are extroverted introverts.
What order are the colours in a rainbow?
Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain. So… red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.
Who is your Geek hero (fictional is allowed) and why? (Follow on,
explain your behaviour if you could meet them)
Lisa Simpson. I’d panic and try and get back out of the television.
In which direction do you read Manga?
Right to left, back to front (I lived in Japan for two years).
Firstly your favourite TV show? Now tell me what happened in season 2,
Peep Show. There are only six episodes in a season, so it’s the last one…. which must mean it’s the one where Jeremy marries Nancy for visa purposes. *triumphant face*
Ok that’s pretty impressive. 😉
What would you say is your most Geekiest moment so far?
I recited Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 on a first date (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments”). I didn’t get a second one.
Holly fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn’t grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 20 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.
As a teenager, she also did a little modelling in the hope that eventually she would be sent somewhere exciting.
Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives either in London or @holsmale.
The Quickfire round
Best thing (so far) about being a published author?
Working in pyjamas.
Do you have your own version of Harriet’s hiding-under-the-table habit?
Climbing into cupboards.
What would be your superpower?
Tea or coffee?
When no one is watching, do you dance?
Do you read books more than once?
(If yes, name the last one.)
Yes. Breakfast at Tiffanys.
Favourite TV show?
What word describes you best?
And finally, what is the question you wish people would ask and never do?
Why is Ryan Gosling standing outside your house, crying again?