It’s International Chick Lit Month and guess what? I have something special for you. To kick off this month of celebrating books that make us laugh, love, and cry, I’ve lined up several chick lit authors who knock my socks off to share what they love about the genre of chick lit as well as some extra fun for readers.
Today the fabulous Canadian-turned-Brit, Talli Roland, author of Build a Man and The Pollyanna Plan (among several others) is here to chat about chick lit romance and what she loves about it. (If you haven’t given Talli a shot, download a free copy of her novella The Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts–I love how she turns around broken hearts and dream believers into a happily ever after. Awww. As well, you’ll LOVE The Pollyanna Plan which includes the point of view from a very hunky, sweet, but wounded hero–you can win your own copy!)
And before you go today, be sure to leave a comment after the interview below as Talli is giving away two ecopies of The Pollyanna Plan to commenters (I’m reading it right now and it is FABuLOUS). Read on to find out how you could win!
Interview with Author Talli Roland
Jean/The Lovebug Blog: When were you first introduced to chick lit or romance? Who was your first chick lit or romance love?
Talli Roland: I didn’t identify it as chick lit at the time, but the first author I came across was Sophie Kinsella and the Shopaholic series. I loved that Becky was fallible yet lovable, and that she was trying hard to find her way in the world.
Jean: What do you enjoy most about writing chick lit?
Talli: I really like that the genre focuses on a woman’s growth and development through actions of her own, and not necessarily because of a relationship, like typical romances. Chick lit is often degraded as high heels and shopping, and while there’s nothing wrong with those elements, it can also address more serious issues in a light-hearted way, too.
Jean: Chick lit is best known for to-die-for shoes, career traumas & drama, handsome heroes, and best friends. In what ways does your own life resemble chick lit right now?
Talli: Um . . . given I have a four-month-old baby, not much – unless the drama involves a screaming child! The genre is evolving to include more elements than the stereotypical ones, though, and I think that’s a great thing. Women aren’t just chocolate and cupcakes, and there’s no reason why chick lit can’t reflect the diversity of their lives. Tweet this!
Jean: When you write the happily-ever-after scenes in your books do you ever get the heart gooshies? (Those weird tingles and ooey-gooey patters in your chest?) Which of your happily ever after scenes is your favourite?
Talli: To be completely honest, I’d prefer not to always wrap up everything with a happy ending. I’m a fan of ambiguous endings! Whenever I’ve tried to end a novel on an uncertain note, though, I’ve received a huge thumbs-down from critique partners and beta readers. I do like the ending of The Pollyanna Plan, though. I won’t give anything away, but it does conclude on a positive note!
Jean: In your new book (which readers can WIN!) The Pollyanna Plan, the heroine Emma changes the way she looks at life in hopes of turning her life around–and finding true love. Have you ever changed the way you looked at life with great (or not-so-great) results?
Talli: I have! After a few years of toiling in the corporate world, I became very disillusioned with the thought of working to live. I quit my job, sold my car and possessions, and moved to Poland to teach English. It was a bit crazy, but I’m so glad I took the plunge. I never went back to the corporate life again!
Jean: Where can readers find you and your books?
More about Chick Lit Author Talli Roland
Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).
Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories–complete with happy endings. Talli’s debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK’s Festival of Romance, while her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite. Her novels have also been chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites and have been bestsellers in Britain and the United States. The Pollyanna Plan is her latest release.
How to Win a Free eCopy of The Pollyanna Plan by Talli Roland
Want to WIN an ecopy of The Pollyanna Plan? (It is a FANTASTIC read that will have your heart aching for Emma and Will.) Here’s how to win a copy for your ereading device:
Emma, a “realist,” tries living like a Pollyanna–seeing the positive in everything–and her whole life literally changes. When she gets scared by the sunshine and roses point of view, and realizing that it isn’t the end-all, be-all, she discovers that somewhere along the way she’s changed and she can’t go back to Gloomy Pants Realist either. The old Emma has changed and is gone. You know, the phrase… you can never go back? Without giving too much away, that’s what’s happened to Emma.
If you think about it, it happens every day. We change. We can’t go back. Here’s the question we’d love to hear your answer to: Have you ever tried to go ‘back’ and found you couldn’t? What happened? (It can be small or big!) Tell us about it below and win! (Every story is an entry to win!) Giveaway is open until Monday, May 20th at 9PMish Mountain Time here in ol’ Canada.
THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS BY RANDOM DRAW WERE EVELYN AND SIMI. CONGRATULATIONS! I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE POLLYANNA PLAN AS MUCH AS I DID. THE WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL AND IF YOU DIDN’T WIN, YOU CAN PICK UP A COPY AT AMAZON.COM–IT’S ON SALE!!!! 🙂