“One of the great benefits of self-publishing is that you can really take control of the process and tell the story you want to tell.” Q&A with Lisa Becker, Author of Click: An Online Love Story
Today’s 7 Quick Fire Questions & 3 Expert Tips is with Lisa Becker, author of Click: An online Love Story. Find out more about the book below this fab Q&A!
1. Favorite source for news (hard news, celebrity or otherwise)
I follow hard news, celebrity news and local news online through a wide range of websites from CNN to USAToday. But my favorite place to get news is The Daily Show. I’m secretly (well, now I guess it’s not such a secret) in love with Jon Stewart. I think he’s brilliant, charismatic and funny as hell. In fact, when it comes to the list of celebrities I jokingly get a “hall pass” to be unfaithful with, he’s my #1.
2. Top 4 favorite fiction novels
- To Kill a Mockingbird – it’s both my favorite book and movie. Both touched me incredibly.
- Catcher in the Rye – Every few years, I re-read it. Each time I do, I feel like I see or learn something new and my reaction to the book changes. Perhaps it’s the different life stages that I go through, which impacts my interpretation of Salinger’s amazing novel.
- Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles – This was one of my favorite books as a child. I bought a copy several years ago for my nephew and he recently gave it back to me so I could give it to my daughters when they get older. It’s a wonderful, fanciful story and I still smile when I imagine the Whangdoodle who has a daisy on his sweet tooth.
- e – This Matthew Beaumont novel tells the story of a fictitious ad agency vying for a big account, with the story all told in emails. I thought that narrative style would work really well for the story I wanted to tell in Click: An Online Love Story, about the online dating world. It was a modern way of storytelling that fit the topic and the times.
3. Favorite celebrity chef
I don’t really have one right now. Nearly a year ago, I read Michael Pollan’s nonfiction book, In Defense of Food, which examines the western diet and its effect on our health. His advice is simple: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” That, coupled with a viewing of a documentary called Forks Over Knives, which examines how many degenerative diseases can be controlled or reversed with a whole-food, plant-based diet, changed my life. I’m now nearly a year into being a vegetarian and have never felt better. But I haven’t found a celebrity chef in the vegetarian space that I want to follow.
4. How do you deal with writer’s block
Chocolate! No joke, I eat chocolate. If I’m stuck on a certain section or not feeling motivated to write, I give myself little chocolate incentives to get past the blockage. Judging by my thighs, I had some serious problems writing Click. 😉
5. Last movie you saw in the theaters
The Vow. I “vowed” I wasn’t going to let it get to me, but, much to the chagrin of my friends, ended up crying, sobbing, bawling, weeping and blubbering like a baby.
6. Favorite way to relax
I love “Quiet Reading Time” in our house. We try to do it a few times a week including once on the weekend. Everyone sits quietly in the same room and we all read. I love instilling the passion for books in my children and think the best way is by being a good, reading role model.
7. The material item you could never give up.
I have a necklace that my parents gave me for my 21st birthday. The stones are from my grandmother’s wedding ring and my mom’s engagement ring.
3 Expert Tips
- Tell Your Story – 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 and tell the story you want to tell.
- Give Online Dating a Try (if you’re single!) – I’m a big fan of online dating, as I met my husband online and it inspired my novel. I say, people today are “married” to their cell phones and laptops, so why not use that technology to really get married, right?
- Choose Grateful – There’s an old expression that if you put everyone’s problems in the middle of the room, most people would choose their own problems. Always choose grateful for what you have.
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