Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Worldwide Dessert Contest by Dan Elish

Welcome to Author Dan Elish

Dan Elish is the author of the novel Nine Wives (St. Martins Press, 2005) and The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld (2008), both published by St. Martins Press. Dan is also the author of Born Too Short, Confessions of an 8th Grade Basket Case, which was picked as a Book for the Teenage 2003 by the New York Public Library and won a 2004 International Reading Association Students’ Choice Award. He has also written several other novels for young adults including, The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks, 13, The Worldwide Dessert Contest, Jason and the Baseball Bear, and The Great Squirrel Uprising. “13,” the musical for which he co-wrote the book with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown ran on Broadway from September 16, 2008 through January 4, 2009. In his career, Dan has also written non-fiction books for young adults, scripts for kids’ TV shows (in particular Cyberchase (PBS)), music and lyrics for six musicals, funny corporate videos, and played piano for various Off-Broadway productions. He has received fellowships and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and is a member of the Dramatist Guild. Dan lives in New York City with his wife, daughter and son.

What is the one book everyone should read?

Why the Worldwide Dessert Contest, of course! Also, Act One by Moss Hart.

What is your favorite thing for breakfast?
A fruit shake and oatmeal and a cup of maple syrup.

Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book?
No other book combines changing desserts, great rhymes, and roller-skating apple pies so well.

What was your favorite book as a child or teen?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Phantom Tollbooth.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would I want with you?
My family (wife and kids), a bottle of wine and a bowl of java chip ice cream.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Hearing Ella Fitzgerald sing the songs of Rodgers and Hart. Wanting to write musicals led me to wanting to write books.

How do you react to a bad review.

If I won one million dollars what is the first thing you would buy?
A grand piano with a bowl holder for ice cream.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since becoming published?
Having kids tell me that they like my books.

If you had a signed copy of any novel what would if be and why?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s my favorite “adult” book. I’ve read it many times and love it.

What do you do in your free time?
I play piano – both jazz and classical – and I spend time with my kids.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I went out to a fancy dinner with my parents, my brother and sister in law and two close friends.

One book I wish I had written is…
The Catcher in the Rye.

Favorite music?
The Beatles and Chopin – both geniuses in their own way.

Which authors have influenced you the most?
Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Herman Wouk, and Max Shulman

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
In college, I had a summer job photographing garbage on the New York City streets. It was to shame store owners into cleaning up.

The World-Wide Dessert Contest: Enhanced Multimedia Edition

What’s funnier than a pie in the sky? A pie in the face!
How the pie gets there – along with three other pies flying in V formation during the twelfth annual Worldwide Dessert Contest – is a double scoop of a story.

It begins with John Applefeller, the annual last-place finisher in the celebrated event that every July draws hundreds of international dessert chefs to compete for the coveted Silver Spoon (and to compete against Sylvester S. Sweet, the self-proclaimed King of Dessert, who always wins).

There’s something fishy about Sweet’s success, but only Josiah Benson, the Worldwide Dessert Contest janitor, seems to know what’s up. And who listens to him? Certainly not the four judges, experts on ice cream, sugar, cakes, and dessert history.

Stanley listens, Applefeller’s ten year old assistant, who has helped his boss with his newest and most original contest entry – the world’s largest apple pancake. If it weren’t for Stanley, Applefeller – and you – would never journey in an apple-souffle balloon to the island of Iambia, or meet Captain B. Rollie Ragoon, the dessert-making genius who has his own reasons for suspecting Sweet of sour deeds, or discover how important heart is to winning.
“The Worldwide Dessert Contest: Enhanced Multimedia Edition” features all the text of the 1998 Orchard Books release, as well an original musical score from the play that the book inspired. Read the story, then click on a link to listen to the companion songs in this cutting edge, one of a kind, 21st Century children’s fantasy novel from Alina Adams Media!

The School for the Insanely Gifted

Daphna Whispers is insanely gifted.
At age two and a half, she composed her first sonata.
At age eight, she completed an opera.
And now, at eleven and three-quarters, she is orchestrating a piano rhapsody.
With a rÉsumÉ like that, it’s no wonder she is a student at the prestigious Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted. But as sixth grade draws to a close, Daphna’s mind is far from the upcoming “Insanity Cup” competition. She’s preoccupied by her mother’s disappearance two months ago.
When a mysterious man breaks into Daphna’s small New York apartment, Daphna discovers that her mother’s disappearance wasn’t a random accident. Her mother knew something—and now somebody is after Daphna. What starts out as a simple fact-finding trip to the basement with her friends spirals into an international expedition. And while Daphna hopes to uncover the secret of her mother’s disappearance on her global trek, the last thing she expects to uncover is an outrageous secret about the Blatt School.
And one insanely shocking secret about herself.

Giveaway Details:
1 paperback copy of The School for the Insanely Gifted
1 ebook of the Worldwide Dessert Contest: Enhanced Multimedia Edition
Open Internationally
Ends 1/31/12

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