Lisa sent me a copy of her book Click : An Online Love Story my review for it can he found here. I enjoyed it and lucky for me Lisa after taking a trip to Alaska ( take me with you next time Lisa ) upon her return Lisa completed an interview for me.
Can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a full time mom and wife to the best family ever; part time public relations professional for an international PR firm; part time professor of public relations courses at a state university in California; and I’m bringing to market a children’s education product that I’ve invented. Somehow in between all of that, I managed to write a novel. Needless to say, there’s never a dull moment around here.
How did you get started writing?
I remember writing short stories and poems as a little girl and always told myself I would write a book someday.
What is your work space and working routine like?
I sit in my home office at a HP desktop computer with a really big screen. My eyes grow tired pretty easily in my old age;) And, I like to write with the television on in the background. When I first started writing, I was obsessed with Law & Order reruns. Now, I can’t seem to get enough of NCIS. I guess there’s a part of me that likes to see justice served.
What are you reading now?
I just finished reading the Help by Kathryn Stockett. What an amazing and compelling story. I literally laughed and cried within 5 minutes of each other. She is quite a talent.
What are some of your favorite books and favorite authors?
To Kill a Mockingbird is both my favorite book and movie, so Harper Lee is aces in my book. Other authors I admire include Jennifer Weiner, Sophia Kinsella and Helen Fielding.
How do you like to spend your time when not writing?
When I’m not writing, I want spend time with my two daughters – ages 6 and 4. So, just picture me knee deep in princess dress up, play-doh, soccer balls, craft glue and glitter.
What future works are to come?
I have a Facebook page here set up for Click: An Online Love Story. And I’ve been asked numerous times when the sequel is coming out. I’m thrilled people are feeling invested in the characters and want to know more. With each positive review and reader comment on, I get more and more motivated to continue writing. 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.
How similar was your online dating experience to Renee’s?
My husband and I met online on a popular dating website. After we married, I was recalling some of the hilarious experiences that I had with both traditional and online dating. I decided to capture some of them in writing and from there, a novel emerged. Click is loosely based on my real-life dating experiences, as well as stories friends have shared with me. In some cases, things are written as they actually occurred. Other scenarios are exaggerated for entertainment value or comedic affect. And some scenarios are completely fictionalized. I really did go out on a date with someone I met online who started every story (no joke!) with “My buddies and I were out drinking last night.” The ultimate goal was to create a fun read for anyone who has ever had a bad date, been in love, been dumped, or is searching for “the one.” But, the happy ending is real. Steve and I have been happily married for eight years and have two amazing daughters.
Did your friends rally around you too?
Honestly, there’s nothing like having a group of close friends who can support you when things get tough, laugh with you when things get ridiculous, console you when you’re down, and cajole you into doing things that they can see are good for you, but you are reluctant to embrace. I certainly had all of that and more in my friends who shared this journey with me.
Do you think there’s hope for love to be found on the net or was your’s that rare moment others just hope for?
I’ve said many times before, if it happened for me, there’s hope for you. And, as my grandmother used to say, for every chair, there’s a tush.
Any tips on online dating from someone who knows what it’s like?
Love is out there; just be patient. And concentrate on being a complete, happy and fulfilled person on your own. When you are happy and secure in your own life, you will be much more attractive to someone else.