Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Falling (over in laughter) for Anna David...plus a book giveaway!

**Giveaway is now closed**

Melissa A met Anna David after seeing her book on the LibraryThing early reviewers list. She knew that we HAD to invite Anna to visit CLC. Anna is no stranger to chick lit after publishing "Party Girl" in 2007 and "Bought" in 2009. Her latest novel, "Falling For Me" is her memoir about following the advice in Helen Gurley Brown’s 1962 book "Sex and the Single Girl." A contributor to The Daily Beast, Details and Maxim, Anna is currently the Executive Editor of the addiction and recovery website The Fix and is considered an addiction expert by colleges across the country who hire her to come give lectures about addiction and recovery. (She should come talk to us about our book addictions!)

Anna is here to celebrate her publication day by making us laugh about all the things she thinks are so funny! She also has one copy of "Falling for Me" to give to a lucky reader in the US, courtesy of HarperCollins.

You can find Anna at Twitter, Facebook and her website. Come on by and find out why we're becoming addicted to her wonderful personality!

Funniest chick lit novel?
"Rachel’s Holiday" by Marian Keyes. It’s about an Irish girl getting sober and I read it right when I was realizing I had a problem with addiction. I remember saying to myself, “If sobriety can be even half as hilarious as it is in this book, I have nothing to fear.” The book was an inspiration to me for my first book, "Party Girl" because it had taught me that novels about addiction didn’t have to be solely dark and filled with doomsday prophecies.


Funniest book character (chick lit or any kind)?
John Self in "Money" by Martin Amis. As far as I’m concerned, any character who says, “Unless I specifically inform you otherwise, I am always smoking a cigarette” is inarguably hilarious.


Funniest song?
There’s a song I’ve recently become obsessed with called “Tonight, Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae; it has the line, “I woke up with a strange tattoo and it kinda looks like you mixed with Zach Galifanakis.” You rhymes with tattoo and Galifanakis rhymes with, well, nothing. I essentially laugh every time I hear it, even though I always know it’s coming. His name alone is funny. And picturing him as a tattoo is also funny. But a tattoo that looks like a combination of the girl the song is about and him? Genius.

Funniest quirk you had as a child?
A deep desire to try to set world records. When friends came over to play, instead of, say, starting to play, I’d say, “Want to try to set the record for the longest time spent on a swing set?” We’d call the local papers and then, inevitably, grow bored of whatever record we were trying to set. This is what can happen to a child who watches too much Brady Bunch (Bobby and Cindy tried to set the world teeter totter record).

Funniest thing you heard a kid say?
“The human head weighs eight pounds.” It was Jonathan Lipnicki in Jerry Maguire.

Funniest misunderstanding?
For some reason, what comes to mind is that scene in "There’s Something About Mary" when those cops arrest Ben Stiller and he thinks he’s being questioned about the rest stop that’s actually a secret sex spot for gay men but they’re actually questioning him about all these murders that the guy he’d picked up hitchhiking had committed. I remember howling at that scene and thinking, “Wow, misunderstandings can be hilarious.” True story!

Favorite inside joke you have with anyone you know?
I have a million but I promise they wouldn’t be funny or even make sense if I repeated them—an unfortunate quality of inside jokes.

Favorite comedian?

These days, it’s a tie between Doug Benson and Mark Maron. I’m on a podcast kick and between Doug Loves Movies and Mark’s WTF, I’m constantly entertained. They both have that gift of making virtually anything they’re talking about interesting and funny.

Favorite humorous quote? (from a movie)
“The human head weighs eight pounds.”

Thanks to Anna David for her witty answers to our questions and for sharing her memoir with a lucky reader.

"How to win "Falling For Me":
Please comment below with your e-mail address.
(Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page or blog if you can receive messages there.)

Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us: What is the funniest or strangest addiction you have?

2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)
5. Add a friend to our Facebook group. (Tell us who you added.) Be sure to remind them to edit their settings.

US only. Giveaway ends October 16th at midnight EST.

26 comments:

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I can't think of any strange addiction. Sorry.

I follow via twitter, facebook and GFC.

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Marthalynn said...

Excellent interview! I've never read Anna David's books, but that changes today. She seems like my kind of girl!

I follow you on GFC.

My addiction isn't so strange, but I can't live without my morning coffee break. It's what gets me out of bed.

Thanks for the giveaway!

acluisi (at) hotmail (dot) com

Nina said...

I have to agree with her on the Zack Galifinakis line in "Tonight Tonight!" It took me ages to figure out what they were even saying, haha!

My strange addiction would be...the "making-of" features on Disney DVDs! I don't know what it is, but I LOVE them! And only for the Disney movies! I find myself collecting all of their DVDs now, sigh!

nina565(at)aol(dot)com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

i'm a follower, too :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Amy said...

I'm not sure if this is funny or strange, actually I think it's not b/c many people are addicted to CHOCOLATE! I was addicted to buying makeup for a very long time but that has stopped as of the last several months.

I follow you on GFC.

I follow via twitter and FB

I subscribe via email.

Shared on my FB wall:

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Tweet:

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

No funny or strange addictions here, sorry.

I am a GFC follower

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meandmom said...

I would like to read this book.

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meandmom said...

I am addicted to shoes and earrings. I have tons of them, but I cannot get myself to accumulating more.

I am a Facebook follower.

I am a subscriber.

jeryl.marcus@gmail.com

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

My strangest addiction is probably buying so many books. So many that I cannot possibly read them all. It's so ridiculous!

I'm a follower on GFC, Twitter and FB.

amber_johnson2004 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Podcasts are my addiction as of late - Doug Loves Movies is my current favorite!

watz97(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Kristen said...

I'm addicted to Bath and Body Works. I have obnoxious amounts of candles, soap, and Wallflowers in my house. :)

Following you on FB!

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Kritter said...

I am addicted to sweet tea, instead of a morning cup of coffee, my day does not begin without my tervis tumbler full of sweet tea.

I follow this blog.
I am a fan on facebook.

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faithspage said...

Books! Every week I bring home more books!

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StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is the funniest or strangest addiction you have?

Am addicted to Babybel cheese.

2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).

Already follow.

3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.

Facebook - Sabrina-Kate Eryou
Twitter - stereoqueenbee

4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

Am already a member.

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Dolly said...

This sounds like a hoot!!

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Dolly said...

I don't know if it's funny or strange, but I'm addicted to lol cats (those pictures of cats with the funny captions). I can SO hear my cat saying them!

I'm a blog and FB follower.

Anonymous said...

ravenwortman@msn.com

I am a twitter and facebook follower

I have an addiction to love

Margo Candela said...

I follow on facebook and twitter.

My Starbucks addiction (no water, no foam, x-hot soy chai) is no secret, but to keep up the pretense, I rotate where I get my fix.

margo(underscore)candela(underscore)ccontact(at)yahoo(dot)com

djk said...

Strange addiction:

Absolute focus on whatever I'm working on.

shortsale.org(at)gmail(dot)com

Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

The only addiction I have is chocolate! Can't be without it!

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Nancye said...

I Tweeted!
@NancyeDavis

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Nancye said...

I posted this on my FB Wall

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Nancye said...

GFC Follower

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Nancye said...

I like you on Facebook

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