Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill (10 Random Things Post)

waiting forSummary from Goodreads

Geek Girl meets Fame meets New Girl in this brilliantly funny new series!

When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can’t be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of ‘Dead Girl Number Three’ without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?

Off-stage things aren’t going well either – she’s fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra’s life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring – waiting for callback.

Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?

Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 28th 2016 by Simon and Schuster UK
 

Ten Random facts about Waiting for Callback (and its authors) that you might not know

1. We have absolutely no idea why Eulalie (Elektra’s step-grandmother) is French. We suspect that her name came to us because Eulalie is an ‘interesting’ character in the Jeeves & Wooster books (Hon’s faves). Neither of us is sure how to pronounce it!

2. Hon is dyslexic and ‘read’ most books growing up as audiobooks. She still loves reading plays and scripts because the format is easier. This means that when she writes scenes the spelling is atrocious and the punctuation non-existent. Anyone reading this that has the same problem, don’t worry these are the easy bits to fix.

3. The funniest note we had in edits was ‘is it realistic that Elektra has ignored three missed calls from her mother?’ Elektra is fifteen this is VERY realistic! Brilliant editor Jane Griffiths accepts our teasing on this in very good spirit.

4. There are references to many different types of biscuits in Waiting for Callback. This involved research. Excitingly this included the rediscovery of Party Rings.

5. Chocolate features in Waiting for Callback in much the same way as it features in Harry Potter – as cure (especially for Elektra’s disasters…). This again involved research.

6. Everyone agreed straight away that Maria Karelina (MOT Models) was the perfect model to be ‘cover Elektra’. Jenny Richards at S&S designed our cover and we adore it.

7. The fact that Elektra’s mum is really good at baking is wish fulfillment.

8. Hon is a complete geek about all things classical and used to practice monologues in front of the Assyrian statues in the British Museum (they were an uncritical if unresponsive audience).

9. Digby the dog is a Dalmatian not only because of the Dad’s issue with any colour more exciting than grey but also because Hon’s favourite toy when she was little was a Dalmatian toy on wheels called Spot.

10. Perdita is worse than Elektra’s Dad when it comes to struggling with colour. She is learning to embrace pink.

About the Authors

Credited colour photo © David Locke 2015 Headshot LondonPerdita and Honor Cargill are a Mother and daughter writing duo. Perdita is a former barrister and her seventeen-year-old daughter, Honor is currently studying for her A-levels. Honor herself has dipped her toe into the world of acting, giving them some unforgettable experiences to draw on for their debut novel together. They live in North London.

You can follow them on Twitter: @perditact and Instagram: @honorcargill

and visit the Waiting for Callback website: www.waitingforcallback.com and Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/waitingforcallback

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