Wednesday, April 8, 2009


As someone who has had her fair share of body image issues, I'm so excited about fellow Deb Sydney Salter's MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS.

Sydney held a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer, including her brief stint delivering pies and flowers, wrecking vans, and destroying wedding cakes in Reno, Nevada. She now lives in Utah with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and two big Bernese Mountain dogs. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and, of course, baking and decorating cakes (but not driving them anywhere).

About MY BIG NOSE: Seventeen-year-old Jory Michaels wakes up on the first day of summer vacation with her same old big nose, no passion in her life (in the creative sense of the word), and all signs still pointing to her dying a virgin. In spite of her driving record (it was an accident!), Jory gets a job delivering flowers and cakes to Reno's casinos and wedding chapels. She also comes up with a new summer goal: saving for a life-altering nose job. She and her new nose will attract a fabulous boyfriend. Jory survives various summer disasters like doing yoga after sampling Mom's Cabbage Soup Diet, enforced-mother-bonding-with-crazy-nose-obsessed-daughter night, and discovering Tyler's big secret. But will she learn to accept herself and maybe even find her passion, in the creative (AND romantic!) sense of the word?

Doesn't it sound just delicious? Here are Sydney's answers to the Thorough Three...

NM: What is the age of your protagonist/s?

SS: Seventeen

NM: What is the single, most important bit of advice you'd give to the You that was the same age as your protagonist/s?

SS: Confidence is a far more attractive trait than traditional beauty.

NM: Complete the following sentences:

Everyone should definitely, for sure _____________.

You should NEVER, EVER ___________. But if you absolutely must, make sure to ____________.

SS: Everyone should definitely, for sure read lots and lots of books!

You should NEVER, EVER trash-talk yourself to yourself. But if you absolutely must, make sure to forgive yourself, move on, and try not to do it again. Please!

Great advice, Sydney! And thanks so much for stopping by :).

To find out more about Sydney and her work, go here. To order her book, go here.

1 comment:

GainVille Café in Rutherford, NJ said...


We're so excited about telling advance tell-tales about Shine, Coconut Moon and promoting your forth-coming book signing & presentation on Saturday, May 9 in Bergen County, New Jersey.

We look forward to spotlighting your terrific book directed at youth and adults equally as well in the same spirit of you waving the flag for My Big Nose. Your arrival in Rutherford one week before the day-long 6th Annual Rutherford Multicultural Festival (May 16, 12 - 8PM) couldn't have been timed any where better.

We are looking forward.

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