The month of May celebrates a special occasion for Chick Lit writers and Chick Lit lovers all around the world. It is the time of the year in which we all gather around and show our appreciation to Chick Lit . I have decided to this year , thanks to a great group of friends I know and Facebook host a series of Guest posts from Authors and Lovers of Chick Lit.
To get the ball rolling, our first Guest Poster is Author L.A Dale talking about "Why I'm a Chick Lit Author".
As you know,
this month is International Chick Lit Month ~ Yippee ~ and what better time for
a writer of Chick Lit like me to stand proudly amongst the crowd and proclaim
my love of the genre.
For me, Chick
Lit is like the Pop music of the book world.It’s fun, it’s frothy and it makes you feel good. It gets stuck in your
head and makes you want to read over and over, even though you know the end. It’s
like the trashy reality TV I’m addicted to watching. You know it’s not real but
for an hour on Tuesday nights (Real Housewives night) you get to switch off the
world and live someone else’s life. You get to see characters/stars in their
knickers worrying about what to wear out for a lunch with their friends. It’s
escapism at its best.
I love being a
Chick Lit author because it means I’m able to turn very ordinary every day
situations into page turning scenes. Some are designed to make you laugh ~ I
hope they do ~ and others might give you a little tear or two because Chick Lit
isn’t always light hearted banter, a gay best friend and handbags.It’s real girls in real situations who just
happen to deal with things in a rather over the top way.
And that’s me to
a tee. Recently, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The first thing I thought
of was making the journey into a book. People I didn’t know thought I was going to
write some serious memoir type thing ~ something strong, uplifting and
inspirational.A memoir? Me? God no. My
book, based on my experience will definitely not be some sad sack thing to make
other cancer sufferers cry.I want to
tell them all through my character ~ Sophie ~ that yes, I have Cancer but that
doesn’t mean my life sucks. Sure, bad and scary things have happened to me but
if I can see the funny side then you can too. Through my writing I can put a
humorous spin on my adventures and hopefully others might see their own
experiences in a new light. It’s still strong, uplifting and inspirational,
just in a different way. Chick Lit can do that like no other genre can.It isn’t about sitting around mourning or
feeling sorry.Its about laughing at
yourself and getting on with it.
And that’s why
I’m proud to be a Chick Lit Author.