Blog Tour: Character Interview: Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger

Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger:
Jasbir, otherwise known as Jazz, has always been a stellar student and obedient, albeit wise-cracking, daughter. Everything has gone along just fine–she has good friends in the “genius” program she’s been in since kindergarten, her teachers and principal adore her, and her parents dote on her. But now, in her junior year of high school, her mother hears that Jazz was seen hugging a boy on the street, and goes ballistic. Mom immediately implements the Guided Dating Plan, which includes setting up blind dates with “suitable,” pre-screened Indian candidates. There’s only one problem: the new boy at school, the very UNsuitable hottie, is the one who gets Jazz’s blood boiling. When Jazz makes a few out-of-the-ordinary decisions, everything explodes, and she realizes she’ll need a lot more than her genius education to get out of the huge mess she’s created. Can Jazz find a way to follow her own heart, and still stay in the good graces of her parents?

Welcome to Neesha Meminger!
Today I am doing a Character Interview with her for her character Jazz from Jazz in Love.

Q: Your parents are extremely strict with you. When you are a parent in what ways do you think you’ll be the same, how will you be different?

A: I will be totally different! I’ll understand my kids and what they’re going through and I won’t make my daughter be afraid to talk to a guy.

Q: Your parents’ Guided Dating Program seems a little extreme by today’s standards. Why do you think this practice exists? Do you see any value in it?

A: I hate it. And if you think this is extreme, try living in my house. I think it probably exists to make my life miserable, but also because my parents want me to find someone they think will help make life easier for me. They think things haven’t changed since they left India, but my Auntie Kinder tells me things were very different when she went a few years ago (girls have boyfriends now, okay, Mom???). My parents seem to think time froze or something when they left.

The Plan might be valuable if you really found someone you clicked with, maybe.

Q: Out of all the Bollywood films you’ve seen which are your favorites?

A: Dhoom 2! That kiss–and Hrithik Roshan–was so, SO hawt. (

Q: What is your hidden talent?

A: I can make my belly undulate–like when you see an audience do the wave. You kinda have to see it.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?

A: Yes! I found this one online when I was doing research for an English paper. It’s by Oscar Wilde, “When [he] kisses you he isn’t doing anything else. You’re his whole universe…and the moment is eternal because he doesn’t have any plans and isn’t going anywhere. Just kissing you…it’s overwhelming.”

Q: Is there a song that is the theme song for your life?

A: The one that comes straight to mind is Whattaya Want From Me? by Adam Lambert, LOL.

Q: If you could invite 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

A: Okay — Hrithik Roshan, Taylor Lautner, Katy Perry, Natasha Beddingfield and, of course, my best friend, Cindy.

Q: If a movie was made about your life who would you want to play the lead role, why?

A: Maybe Anushka Sharma? She seems fun and her smile looks a lot like mine.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A: Anything with caramel in it. And maybe nuts, as long as they’re not cashew or walnuts. Almonds and pralines, yum!

Q: If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

A: I’d love to meet Cleopatra, or Nefertiti, because they were queens who ruled during a time that was so different than ours. And I’d want to know if they did things differently.
Thanks to the Teen Book Scene for allowing me to be part of this tour. Stop by their site to find all the tour stops for Jazz in Love.  And Thanks to Neesha for taking the time to do a character interview.