Monday, July 24, 2006

Jennifer Lynn Barnes gets an A in TV watching

A Native Oklahoman, Jennifer Lynn Barnes has been a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado.


Eight more days until YOU COULD DO BETTER is out in stores!


And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...


Jennifer wrote her novel GOLDEN when she was 19. GOLDEN, a young adult chicklit novel about a girl who has special powers, must be based in part on the author. Jennifer has just graduated from Yale, and is spending the next year doing autism research at the University of Cambridge. You may assume that someone as well-rounded, educated, and gorgeous as this would have no time for TV and would in fact shun the idea of television watching in general. But guess what... on top of everything else, Jennifer is an accomplished TV junkie! I asked her the usual questions...

Are you a TV watcher?

I'm an absolute TV junkie, and follow at least eight to ten shows in any given
year.

What's your favorite show ever?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm a big fan of shows that mix the ordinary and the
supernaturally extraordinary, and nobody did that better than Joss Whedon.
Besides which, I love a show that can make me laugh, and the dialogue on Buffy
always managed to do that at least once an episode.

Runner up shows include Party of Five (I loved the family dynamics) and Veronica
Mars.

What TV character (past or present) do you identify with most?

Wow, that's a hard question. The characters I tend to like the best are the
ones who are the most different from me, and the ones who I probably should
relate to the most tend to irritate me. If I had to pick, I might go with Joey
on the first two seasons of Dawson's Creek, before her character got too over
the top.

Does your main character watch any TV in the novel?

Sadly, between moving cross country and engaging in the age old fight between
good and evil (not to mention braving the high school cafeteria), Lissy doesn't
have much time for television, though she does lament the fact that being in the
central time zone is going to mess up her tv watching schedule.

To be further impressed by Jennifer, visit her website and blog.


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