Tuesday, January 6, 2009

On The Outside: Jennifer Banash + Contest!

Jennifer Banash is the author of THE ELITE series, and the second novel in the series, IN TOO DEEP is in bookstores today! Jennifer is very nice person and her story is just a great and interesting one. You can visit Jennifer at http://www.theelitebooks.com/ So please welcome, Jennifer!


I wish I could say that the road leading to the title of IN TOO DEEP was smooth and effortless, but that’s not exactly the way it went down. Since one of the main characters in the series, Casey McCloy, loves all things 80’s from films to music, I wanted each volume of THE ELITE series to be titled after an 80’s song. My editor, Kate Seaver and I made list after list of song titles. I would come up with what I thought was an AMAZING title, only to have Kate take it over to the marketing department for them to veto (yes, they do have a say in such things, unfortunately). I really wanted the book to be named after an 80’s song that I actually liked—and that I thought Casey would like as well. OUR LIPS ARE SEALED (who doesn’t love the Go-Go’s?) was my absolute favorite title for a few weeks, but marketing thought it was too close to THE CLIQUE novel that was out at the time entitled SEALED WITH A DISS. BIZZARE LOVE TRIANGLE, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME? and LOVE WILL TEAR US APART were also considered briefly before being consigned to the dustbin of history. IN TOO DEEP was on the shortlist of titles, and had never been my first choice, but when marketing saw it, they immediately gravitated toward it. I have to confess, when the title was chosen I felt decidedly meh about it. I had already fought my battle for the cover I wanted, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to have both without a real fight. But after a while, the IN TOO DEEP began to grow on me, and now I actually love it! Maybe marketing knew something I didn’t . . .

One thing that almost nobody knows about the title is that it refers to a song by the band Dead or Alive—they had a huge hit back in the day with “You Spin Me Round’ Like a Record,” and “In Too Deep” is a song off their bestselling CD YOUTHQUAKE. One of my fondest memories is seeing Dead or Alive in concert in London when I was just a teenager, dancing around like a lunatic on top of an enormous speaker, so in that way, the title really is fitting and special to me. Most people think that the title comes from the Phil Collins song by the same name, which is unfortunate, because I really, really can’t stand that track! (I couldn’t even abide it IN the 80’s LOL!)

So, what YA titles do YOU really like, and why?


Thank you so much Jennifer! I hope you have a fantastic release day!

Jennifer also generously offered to host a contest, to win a copy of THE ELITE, IN TOO DEEP, and also Alexa Young's new novel which is also released today, FAKETASTIC and a CD that inspired IN TOO DEEP comment below by January 13th midnight central time. This contest is International! Everybody who commented already, sorry, you have to comment again to enter the contest! Sorry!

If any author wants more details on how you can do an On The Outside post with me, please email me at kels.m.17@gmail.com with On The Outside in the subject line and I'll get to you immediately with the details!


  1. Oh, that is a fun story! I like the title myself, but I didn't know it was a song. Nifty.

    Hmm..what YA titles do I like? I'm not really sure. It just depends...I like the idea of the Twilight series names...

    Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott has an amazing title...


  2. Great post! Happy release day to US! I think my favorite title lately has been YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME. It just made me laugh when I saw it. Of course, FRENEMIES and FAKETASTIC and GLAMNESIA...AND THE ELITE and IN TOO DEEP all rock too. (I can name-check mine because I didn't come up with ANY of them!)


  3. Happy Release Day of in Too Deep :D Thanks for the post!

  4. Great post. Titles are pretty important to me when choosing a book. I like something simple but also catching.


  5. I love the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine!

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  6. I think it's a great title! I like it.

    One of my favourite titles is "I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you." I think it's hilarious!


  7. I'm glad you ended up with a title you like. I like it too, as well as the gorgeous cover!

    Other YA titles I like are Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott, Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber, all of the Twilight Series titles, What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook, Need by Carrie Jones, and Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund.

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  8. I love most YA sf/fantasy! I just finished Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley and I loved it!

    The Elite and In Too Deep look great... but I haven't gotten to read them yet. :(

    I posted about the contest on my blog: http://paradoxrevealed.blogspot.com/2008/12/official-contest-list.html

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