Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Interview + Giveaway: What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader + Stickers!

Adrianne Ambrose, author of What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader, was nice enough to stop by and answer a few questions for The Elliott Review.

What experience did you have with cheerleading or cheerleaders in middle school? Were you one of the popular kids or one of the “nerds”?

I was definitely not one of the popular girls in middle school, so when I landed a spot on the cheerleading squad in eighth grade, it ruffled a few feathers. What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader is not autobiographical, but I did frequently call upon my middle grade memories and my one year as a cheerleader for inspiration when writing the book.

In your writing you seem to channel all the issues that come with being in middle school. What made you choose to write about cheerleading and middle schoolers?

I started writing the story because I was living in an apartment with two other women and we had some unbelievably noisy upstairs neighbors. We tried everything to get them to be more considerate, but nothing worked. My initial inspiration was just to vent a little because I was so frustrated. Then the character of Elaine popped out of my head. It became really fun to follow her around and see what she was going to do next. So, I didn’t exactly set out to write about cheerleaders, it’s just how the story evolved.

What do you hope readers will take away from What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader?

I hope older readers will enjoy remembering the comedy and tragedy of middle school. It’s when you’re just starting to figure out who you are and who you want to be. But, that doesn’t mean that’s how your friends and classmates perceive you or who they want you to be.

For readers who are in elementary and middle school, I hope they think the book is funny and an enjoyable read. But, also, that they’ll get to learn a few middle school lessons from vicariously experiencing them through Elaine. Middle school can be tough and I think it’s good to know that there are other kids out there who are also struggling through it.

Are you working on any new writing projects right now?

Yes, Belle Bridge Books, the publisher of What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader, has asked me to write a sequel, which will hopefully hit store shelves in September of 2011. I’m also working with the talented illustrator Monica Gallagher ( on a graphic novel for Oni Press. It hasn’t been announced yet, so I can’t give you too many details, but it’s a romantic comedy with a hint of magic and will hopefully be out in the spring of 2011.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

This may be a little obvious, but I love to read. I’m usually reading a fiction book, a non-fiction book, plus listening to a recorded book. Not simultaneously, of course. ;O) I also love to travel and have been to an obnoxious number of countries.

Don't forget to check out What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader on Kindle as well as in Paperback.


Now you have a chance to win the great book I just reviewed - What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader.

Five winners will a copy of the book as well as some really cool promotional stickers.

Two runners up will receive some stickers as well.

This giveaway is open to U. S. residents only.

To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog.

Extra entries can be earned through:
  • +1 - Tweeting about the contest (see Tweet button above)
  • +1 - Commenting on the review post
  • +2 - Commenting on this interview (not simply saying, "Great Contest!")
Please enter using this FORM. Comments gain you extra entries but do not enter you in the contest.

Giveaway ends October 30th. This contest is now closed.

Thanks to Adrianne Ambrose for the awesome stickers and to Belle Bridge Books. I received a copy for a fair review. I was not required to give a positive review.


  1. Sounds like a book my daughter will love. We need more MG reads.

  2. Mary D
    That's wonderful how the character of Elaine popped into Adrianne's head because of noisy upstairs neighbors lol

    I'm sure this book will appeal not only to MG, but also we older gals will enjoy a refresher course in what MG consists of lol

  3. Good interview. I always enjoy reading how the author came up with their stories. And eighth grade is hard!

  4. I've heard a lot about this book all over the blogs. I really want to read it now.
    What an interesting way of being inspired for her story. I love author interviews! :)

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  7. Thanks for a great interview. I'm happy to find out there is a sequel in the works!
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  8. Inspirational story with humor...sounds fabulous. The little girls in the family would adore this one. Loyal follower and thanks for another great giveaway.

  9. I would love to read this book with my daughter! Thanks for your interview. It sounds like Adrianne is working on some fun new books!

  10. My daughter is in middle school and she is a cheerleader. She would love to read this book!

  11. Great interview, Adrianne explained it perfectly as middle school is comedy and tragedy. I always say to this day middle school was the worst years of my life though I can look back and laugh now.

  12. I would love to win this for my little cousin who just started cheering this school year Thanks
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  13. This books sounds very good. I am an avid reader and this sounds right up my ally!

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