As the release of my fifth novel draws near, I’m gearing up for the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour happening right here on meredithschorr.com. I’ve invited authors of my favorite genre onto my blog to talk about why they read and write chick lit despite the naysayers and the folks who (wrongly) insist that “chick lit is dead.” The posts are landing in my in-box daily and as I read them, I nod and smile in agreement. I feel a kinship with these novelists.
The main reason I write chick lit is because I often relate to the main characters in a way I don’t in other genres. Many of them are searching for their happily-ever-after and stumbling along the way—just like me. Sometimes they make bad decisions; often they trust too easily and get hurt or put their faith in the wrong person; and occasionally they don’t see what is right in front of them. Been there, done that. Usually protagonists in chick lit novels have some amazing friends who pick them up when they fall, commiserate over their failures, and drink to their successes. They sound like my friends! Family members often provide comic relief. Mine sure does. And sometimes the main character has no idea where she wants to go until she gets there. My life, too, is an ongoing journey of self-discovery.
In short, reading a chick lit novel is like hanging out with a friend, and writing a chick lit novel allows me to give my friend the happily-ever-after she deserves. Sometimes the destination is not what she expected or thought she wanted, but it’s always what she needs.
Like me, the main character in my upcoming novel, Novelista Girl, is a cheerleader for chick lit. Some of you will remember her from my third novel, Blogger Girl. Although Novelista Girl is a follow-up to Blogger Girl, the books can be read and enjoyed separately.
Stay tuned for the posts from my fellow chick lit authors right here over the next several weeks. In the meantime, for the very first time, I hereby present the blurb for Novelista Girl!
Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a sequel packed with quick wit, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.
Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy.
But is there more to the story than meets the eye?
After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar.
This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?
This novel can be read as a sequel or as a standalone and is best accompanied by a cocktail, preferably a pink one.