Monday, November 28, 2011

Kimberly S. Lin is "proof" that chick lit is cool and she has a book to give away

By Amy Bromberg

**Giveaway is now closed**

Today we welcome Kimberly S. Lin, and her debut novel, “Recession Proof” (reviewed here). Kimberly grew up in California and graduated from University of California, Irvine, in Economics. She then moved to Los Angeles and worked as a financial writer and hedge fund analyst, all the time dreaming of writing women's fiction. She writes stories that are funny, uplifting and that every modern woman can relate to. Currently she is the publisher of Minted Magazine and is working on her second novel. She lives in Orange County, CA.

Kimberly is here to share with us the inspiration behind her debut novel, and has ONE copy of “Recession Proof” to give away to a lucky reader anywhere in the US.

You can visit Kimberly at her website and Facebook.

Check out her video introduction to “Recession Proof”:

How did you come up with the idea for “Recession Proof?”
I wrote Recession Proof as a way to express how I felt as a young female working professional during these current economic times. At the time, I felt I was settling in my career and my relationship and writing the book was almost therapeutic for me. In my heart, I knew that life was about truly living it.

Tell us 3 authors who have inspired you and why.
Emily Giffin (Something Borrowed): Emily has been my greatest source of inspiration because she writes in a way that's incredibly intelligent and deep, which are two things somewhat lacking in our genre. She also writes about real women's issues in a way that's easy to digest. Also, I find her own author's journey incredibly inspiring.
Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead): I am a big philosophy buff. And even though I don't entirely agree with her philosophy- I still love what she stood for. "Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values."
Hamilton Wright Mabie (Essays on Work and Culture): Like I said, I'm a huge philosophy buff. This book sums up everything I believe in. I constantly read it to remind myself of what I stand for.

What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?
Writing to me is as natural as breathing. Writing itself keeps me going. I would do it even if I didn't get a penny from it.

What was the hardest part of writing “Recession Proof?”
At some points it was focusing since jotting down 80,000+ words isn't easy! But the hardest part has to be editing. It can drive you nuts!

Without giving too much away, what's your favorite part of the book and why?
The parts where Helen is with Nate because I'm a sucker for unabashed romance. And he's hot.

Who is your celebrity crush? (writer, actor, musician, etc.)
Makua Rothman (pro-surfer). My boyfriend and I met because of it, which is a whole other story!

If “Recession Proof” were to be made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Helen: Anne Hathaway
Sophie: Mila Kunis
Jamie: Emma Stone
Nate: Garrett Hedlund (if he dyed his hair brown)
Mark: Joseph Gordon Levitt

What are two books that have made you laugh?

Are you currently working on anything new you can tell us a little bit about?
I am the publisher for Minted Magazine, launching in January 2012. It's a digital magazine empowering the young career woman. And I'm working on my second novel titled, Thirty-Something.

We are thankful to Kimberly for chatting with us and sharing her book with our readers.

How to win "Recession Proof":
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 share your favorite tip for saving money.
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 December 4th at midnight EST.


Kritter said...

Tip for saving money for those who work - bring lunch to work, if you don't leave for lunch, you won't go shopping!!

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Anonymous said...

Congrats on your book! I grew up in SoCal near Irvine and I love seeing Chick Lit kept alive. You go, girl!

Allison said...

My favorite tip for saving money is using sites like groupon!

I'm a GFC follower.


Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this

Impulse buys are not a good idea. Think on it. Sleep on it. Don't get caught up in the fast talk of a good sales pitch.

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Kristen said...

I bought a fancy coffee pot to cut back on my Starbucks addiction. :)

I follow on FB.


Jennifer Starr said...

#1 Tip for saving money: Always take at least $5 or $10 out of your pay check and place it in you savings. Just a small amount of money will help you later on in life.

Jordan said...

My number one and two tips for saving money:
1. Use cash as a way to limit your spending. I take out an "allowance" every time I receive my paycheck and try to use the cash instead of credit/debit cards.
2. Bring your lunch to work!

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Anonymous said...

Money saving tip: Cook big pots of soup, and freeze them for individual meals

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Anonymous said...

Tip for saving money ... carry some cash. leave credit cards at home. It's harder to spend the cash because you see the money leaving your hand! :)

Jilleen said...

Tip for saving money - work a lot so I am so exhausted I can't shop! Not a very good way.

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mep said...

My tip for saving money? It's counter-intuitive, but don't go to the Dollar Store. My kids are obsessed with the place, and I'm always like, "Sure, throw that in the cart, it's only a dollar." All that junk adds up!

I follow Chick Lit Central on Twitter (@nottobrag)

Recession Proof sounds great, and I was intrigued by Kimberly's list of inspiring authors.

meandmom said...

I'd like to read this book.

meandmom said...

I save money and recycle by keeping a scrap box of paper that has been used on only one side for my kids to write and draw on.

I am a Facebook follower.

I am a subscriber.

BRN2SHOP9 said...

My money saving tip is to put all pay checks in the bank. Everything goes in to earn interest. Take out only what you need, leave the rest there.

I also joined a bunch of reward sites to earn free stuff by answering some questions, searching the web, and spinning a button. If anyone is interested and want links send me an email. I'll send you a link!

I follow via facebook, gfc, twitter.

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Nancye said...

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

Money saving tip: What I do is stay at home a lot, then I can't spend any money! (I also use coupons and shop from the clearance racks!)

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Brittany said...

This looks like a great book!

my email is threeyearsdown [at] gmail [dot] com.

My way to save money is to make my own coffee and lunches at home and bring them to work. I save about $15/day by doing this!

Also, I'm a GFC follower.