Apr 8, 2013

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The Symptoms of My Insanity Blog Tour: Character Interview

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Hi everyone! I’m back from my short blogging break with an character interview with the main character of The Symptoms of My Insanity, Izzy. I hope you enjoy and get excited about The Symptoms of My Insanity. icon smile The Symptoms of My Insanity Blog Tour: Character Interview Izzy is so much fun!

1. Tell readers one thing about yourself that you think would surprise them.

One night I let Alyssa give me a makeover. She wanted to do something with my hair, but I said no, no, just my makeup—I don’t trust her with iron-hot hair weapons. I looked in the mirror after, and I expected to look like a clown with a black eye. But I didn’t. I looked pretty good. I think it would surprise people to know that I’m not totally against the whole makeup thing, and that sometimes (makeover or not) I’m pretty happy with the way I look.

2. How close are you with your mom?

We’re pretty close, I guess. I don’t tell her every little thing. She definitely doesn’t tell me every little thing either. It’s not like I’m afraid to talk to her or anything. Most days we just have regular conversations. But I think if I really had to talk to her about something important, I could. At least I think I could. I don’t know. Some days I feel like there’s no way we’re related, there’s no way I came out of her body. Other days I feel really connected to her and it’s super effortless.

3. Can you tell readers a bit about Blake? icon wink The Symptoms of My Insanity Blog Tour: Character Interview

Wait, what do you mean? What did you hear? He’s been talking to me a lot lately. He never usually does, so it’s weird. Yesterday he came into the art studio to borrow supplies—I think for his sister—and he just stared at me and smiled while he waited for my art teacher, Miss S., to get another canvas. He does have a great jaw. It’s kind of dimpled, but just a little. He has a really great, slightly dimpled jaw.

4. What’s the craziest disease that you’ve been convinced that you have?

Last year I had some pain in my lower back and pelvic area. It wasn’t intense pain, but enough where I was a little worried. I did a search on Symptomanaic.com and the first thing that came up was prostrate cancer. So I looked it up. Then this giant animated image popped up on my screen of the male prostrate gland and I hear Alyssa yell out, “Izzy’s looking at porn!”

I just want to point out though that women can get prostrate cancer. It’s super rare, but possible. We do have a gland. I didn’t have it. I think I just slept funny the night before. Also, I’m pretty sure Alyssa still thinks I was looking at animated male genitalia for fun. Oh well.

5. What is your favorite memory from the past year?

For my birthday my mom got me a new sketch book and these really super fancy charcoal sticks. She went on and on about how much she loved this drawing I did that was hanging outside the art room. She’d even asked Miss S. what supplies I needed. That was really nice—especially since the year before she got me shortalls with embroidered kittens on them. The only thing worse than your mom making you wear overalls cut into shorts is your mom making you wear overalls cut into shorts and decorated with multicolor kittens.

Hehe I love your spirit, Izzy. icon smile The Symptoms of My Insanity Blog Tour: Character Interview I’m sure readers will love getting to know you even better in the book. 

SymptomsOfMyInsanity 198x300 The Symptoms of My Insanity Blog Tour: Character InterviewAbout The Symptoms of My Insanity:

A laugh-out-loud, bittersweet debut full of wit, wisdom, heart, and a hilarious, unforgettable heroine.

When you’re a hypochondriac, there are a million different things that could be wrong with you, but for Izzy, focusing on what could be wrong might be keeping her from dealing with what’s really wrong.

I almost raised my hand, but what would I say? “Mr. Bayer, may I please be excused? I’m not totally positive, but I think I might have cancer.” No way. Then everyone at school would know, and they would treat me differently, and I would be known as “Izzy, that poor girl who diagnosed herself with breast cancer during biology.”

But Izzy’s sense of humor can only get her so far when suddenly her best friend appears to have undergone a personality transplant, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worse, and her beautiful maybe-boyfriend is going all hot and cold. Izzy thinks she’s preparing for the worst-case scenario, but when the worst-case scenario actually hits, it’s a different story altogether—and there’s no tidy list of symptoms to help her through the insanity.

MindyRaf The Symptoms of My Insanity Blog Tour: Character InterviewAbout Mindy Raf:

Mindy Raf is a writer, comedy performer, and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and grew up in a Detroit suburb right around here (visualize someone pointing to the inner part of their thumb). She has written for VH1 and CollegeHumor.com. The Symptoms of My Insanity is her first novel.

Find her on her Website or on Twitter.

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Make sure to head over to the YA Book Central blog and enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 signed finished copies of The Symptoms of My Insanity. You don’t want to miss out on this book!

Also be sure to check out the next stop on the tour at Cuddlebuggery. Mindy will be giving you a sneak peek into a Symptoms character’s Twitter feed. icon smile The Symptoms of My Insanity Blog Tour: Character Interview

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  1. Love the title! And the blurb plus that interview make me think this might be a must-read for me. :)

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