Wow, this week has been swamped! I might have gotten a little emotional this morning, but it's Friday afternoon and all is well again.
Life is going especially well because I am finally getting the chance to start reading again! I never thought I would say that, considering I usually read constantly, but with the way things have been going I'm lucky if I sleep at night. Times are about to change! And with change comes awesome new stories to read...
...like Lisa Becker's Click: An Online Love Story! Interesting concept, cute title, and fabulous cover...yes, PLEASE!
Want to know more? Read on, my friends...
Click: My 100 Word Summary
Renee Greene is an expert in PR, but her dating life could sure use some polishing! Formatted entirely in a series of emails between Renee and her closest friends, Click details the (mis)adventures of a woman looking for love...online! What starts as a series of funny, light-hearted messages soon evolves into a roller-coaster ride of relationship drama and hilarious, endearing attempts to find love in unexpected places.
Click: What I Think
I was so intrigued by a novel based entirely on email threads, and, at first, I worried whether or not that would impede my ability to really care about the characters. Well, I must say I was pleasantly surprised! Click was a very funny read, and Renee's best friend, Shelley, was almost a spot-on match for my very best friend in the world (with some slight alterations!).
The only thing that truly bothered me was, in fact, Shelley's character. I loved her, but I felt like the author did her a great disservice by focusing Shelley's personality almost entirely on her sexual escapades. She was a delightful and loyal friend, but I felt like there was a certain aspect to the relationship between Renee and Shelley that was missing. In essence, Shelley held Renee to high standards (i.e. complimenting, encouraging, and even kicking her in the ass in a few much-needed moments!), but Renee didn't seem to reciprocate as much as I thought she should have. Of course, the story read, to me, similar to how a romantic comedy would play out on screen, but with all the relationship issues that the characters faced, I assumed a realistic concern on Renee's behalf for her best friend's...well...promiscuous behavior would turn up somewhere. I was wrong, and very surprised! Personal beliefs aside, I simply wanted to know that Shelley was as responsible when it was needed as she was devoted to her best friend.
Overall, Click did not disappoint...I would say it was one of the funniest books I've read in quite sometime! If you're ever nostalgic for those carefree moments with your wonderful, crazy best friend, or you're simply on the risky adventure of looking for love, Click is the book for you!
Want to know more about author Lisa Becker? Check out her interview with A Bundle of Contradictions below!
1. How did it feel, after so much hard work, to see your book in the hands of readers?
I remember writing short stories and poems as a little girl and always told myself I would write a book someday. So, it’s incredibly gratifying to see a “bucket list” item/dream come true. People keep asking if there will be a sequel. I’m thrilled readers are feeling invested in the characters and want to know more. With each positive review and reader comment on Facebook, I get more and more motivated to continue writing.
2. Can you tell me anything about your new or upcoming projects?
Due to the feedback so far, I have started working on a sequel, Double Click that picks up a year or so later. I hope people will be excited to see where Renee and her friends are in their lives.
3. What is your go-to Starbucks order?
Believe it or not, I’ve never had a cup of coffee. I tried it once and didn’t like it, so I never tried it again. Sadly, I fell in love with chocolate after the first taste, and haven’t stopped. My thighs can attest to that, believe me. So, I suppose a hot chocolate with a big dollop of whipped cream would be my go-to choice.
4. Describe your writing process. Do you write every day?
I started writing the book after my husband and I married but before we had kids. Then I had to take a break from writing due to the rigors of motherhood. But, as mentioned earlier, I had always told myself that I would write a book one day. So, I made the commitment to finish it. I wrote in the mornings while my girls were at school or at night after they went to sleep. I made it a goal to write – even if only for a half hour – every day.
5. What one piece of writing advice would you pass on?
Much like the other author advice that I’ve read before, I would say to: (1) write what you know; and (2) make a commitment to write every day.
6. Do you have a reality show guilty pleasure?
The only reality TV show I watch – and it’s infrequently – is Shark Tank. I’m always intrigued by the inventions people come up with and what the “sharks” will find worthy of investment.
7. Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird is both my favorite book and movie.
8. What is one suggestion you would offer new authors trying to get published?
Don’t write off self-publishing. I explored the traditional publishing route and got feedback from multiple literary agents. One in particular explained the current economic state of the publishing industry to me. Due to the large investment to edit, produce, distribute and market a work by an unknown author, many large publishers won’t take the risk. Self-publishing is a way to get your work out there.
I'm also reminded of some advice I was once given. I had interviewed Charles Rosen, one of the producers of the original Beverly Hills 90210, for an alumni magazine article while I was in graduate school. And I'll never forget what he told me, "Don't fall in love with your words, because somebody above will probably change them." One of the great benefits of self-publishing is that you can really take control of the process.
9. Twitter or Facebook? City or country? Beach or mountains?
Definitely Facebook! I’m not brief enough to deal with Twitter.
I’m a city girl at heart. I love museums, shopping, historical sites, movies, malls and all of the hustle and bustle that comes with big city living.
I live in a part of Los Angeles County called Manhattan Beach, less than two miles from the ocean. I love walking along the strand, looking out over the ocean, searching for dolphins and playing in the sand with my girls.
10. If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
Jon Stewart! I love him! I think he is brilliant, clever and funny as hell.
Thanks, Lisa, for asking me to review your novel and for taking the time to stop by and answer some questions! Can't wait to read Double Click!
Until next time,