Ha, ha, ha, ha! Welcome, welcome everyone to Chatting With the Chicks of Chick Lit! I’m your host, Chuck Lottateeth, and I am so thrilled to be able to introduce you to some of the most fascinating characters in literature today. I’m talking about the leading ladies of Chick Lit—those enchanting, romantic, darling, sexy, sweet, funny, headstrong—and, let’s face it, sometimes downright frustrating—modern women who headline this fabulously fun genre. I’m sure you’re going to love getting the skinny on these “novel” heroines, and who knows? You might just find your new BFF on the pages of one of these books!
Without further ado, please put your hands together and show some love for today’s guest…
Jen Dawson of HOW TO LOOK HAPPY. Interior designer Jen Dawson’s Chick Lit plight is that she’s great at solving other people’s problems, but not so great at handling her own. She’s engaged to THE guy (a little self-centered, but hey, who’s perfect?) and has a job she loves …things aren’t looking so bad. But then in the space of one day, she loses everything all at once.
That’s enough to knock anybody down, am I right? But Jen makes it waaaay worse when she “drunkbooks” a Facebook post that’s … well, let’s just say it’s TMI. What’s worse, everybody sees it (even her dad). How’s she going to handle this problem? (Read How to Look Happy to find out!)
In the meantime, Jen’s here to answer a few friendly Chick Lit-flavored questions:
CL: If you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?
JD: I’d be pale pink, buttery leather stilettos with ankle straps.* I would NOT be boring old work flats worn on a job site with a hard hat. Even though the stilettos get me into trouble… (*page 147)
CL: What are the three items you would absolutely need to have with you if you were shipwrecked on a desert island?
JD: 1. My best friend, Carrie. 2. A sketchbook and pencils. 3. Wine … and definitely no technological devices. I get myself into trouble with those.
CL: If you had only $15 to spend, what would be the perfect date? $50? $5,000?
JD: If I could spend only $15 on a date, I’d grab pork shoulder sandwiches to go from Central BBQ, walk the riverside paths in Tom Lee Park and then catch the sunset from the Peabody rooftop, all in my hometown of Memphis. For $50 I’d add a yummy dinner and cocktails at South of Beale. And for $5,000? I’d finally make that trip to London I’ve been putting off!
CL: Your best friend is asked to describe you in five words. What would they be? Your nemesis is also asked to describe you in five words. What would they be?
JD: Carrie, who’s sweet enough to love me despite my flaws, would say I’m loyal, smart, funny, family-centered and hard-working. My nemesis – whose name, for the record, is Candace – would add, “Darling, update your highlights, please.”
CL: If you could be the heroine in any chick flick, who would it be and why?
JD: I would definitely pick Andy in The Devil Wears Prada because she finds her backbone and stands up to the Boss from Hell. I’ve walked in her shoes, and we’ll just leave it at that.
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