Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lisa Heidke makes good with us by sharing her latest novel!

Introduction by Gail Allison

**Giveaway is now closed**

Lisa Heidke grew up in Brisbane, Australia, and has worked in book and magazine publishing in London and Sydney. She currently lives on the north shore with her husband and three children. One New Year’s Eve at an alcohol-fuelled party, she found herself exclaiming to anyone who would listen, “I could have written that!” about a newly published novel. The next morning, her husband reminded her about her bluster and bravado the night before, and pointed her in the direction of the computer. Lisa was completely confident that by the next New Year’s Eve party she attended, she’d have a novel written and well on its way to publication. That was ten years ago. She certainly has something to show for it, however. Her fourth novel, "Stella Makes Good," was published yesterday, which is nothing short of impressive!   

Lisa is giving away THREE copies of "Stella Makes Good" to some lucky readers anywhere in the world!

You can visit Lisa at her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Check out the trailer for "Stella Makes Good":

Who are two authors who have inspired you and why?
Marian Keyes: I love her sense of humour, her take on modern life and her first person confessional tone of writing. I think she is a very funny and clever writer. I have read all of Keye’s books and admire her down to earth nature and generosity in talking about her setbacks and personal demons she’s had to conquer during her life. I also admire her ability not to take herself too seriously. She’s fabulous. 
Stephen King: I haven’t read much of his fiction, when I read On Writing which is part memoir, part tutorial, on the craft of writing, it all clicked for me. I’ve always loved story writing but King’s book really opened my eyes to the craft. His anecdotes and personal struggles as well as his practical advice on writing have been invaluable to me. At least once a year, I’ll go back and reread On Writing and I always learn something new. He’s an inspiration.

What is your usual writing routine? 
In a perfect world, after I have cleared away the detritus from the previous night’s toga party, tortured the children, loaded them in a cannon and shot them to school, I write for four hours every week day during the school term. I try not to write on weekends or during school holidays. Of course that’s not always possible. Reality has a way of interfering with my perfect world. 

Those days when I do write? If the writing is going well four or five hours can zoom by and at the end I might have 2500 words that I’m relatively happy with. If the writing’s not flowing, say I’m stuck on a scene and can’t move forward, I can easily fritter hours away on FB, twitter, celebrity gossip sites and staring out the window. Not productive! Then I’ll panic because I’m thousands of words behind.

What is one piece of advice you have for future writers?
Write what you know (but don’t take that to mean from my current book that I’m a raging swinger). Keep writing. Completing a manuscript takes time, persistence and dedication. Trust yourself...okay so that’s more than one.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The feedback from readers when they tell me reading my book brightened their weekend. I remember one particular woman contacting me after reading Lucy Springer Gets Even saying that the book helped keep her sane while she was going through a bitter break up.

If "Stella Makes Good” were optioned for film, who would play Stella, Jesse, Louisa and Carly?
Good question:                         
                        American                                      Australian
Stella         Reese Witherspoon*                 Rachel Griffiths      
Jesse          Drew Barrymore                         Isla Fisher                   
Louisa       Eva Mendez                                  Toni Collette
Carly         Kristen Wiig                                  Naomi Watts

 *She’ll need to dye her hair darker 

What is the strangest, craziest or most "out there" New Year’s resolution you have ever made? 
The one where at a party I told everyone I could write a book. ‘Piece of cake!’ Yeah, right! And then there was the time I promised myself I would never again apply make-up whilst drinking tequila shots. You end up looking like a freakish clown.

Chocolate or vanilla?
Hands down, chocolate!

If you could take us on a tour of the town you live in, where would we go first?
I live in Sydney, Australia and visitors are always telling me they’re dying for great views, so I’d take them to Waverley Cemetery, which for the living, has spectacular cliff views of the harbour and surrounds.

Then I’d take you on the harbour bridge climb where we’d get a brilliant overview of Sydney, followed by drinks at the Opera Bar, next to the Sydney Opera House!

What empowers you the most?
The ability to use my imagination for good!! Actually, it’s probably knowing that despite the whinging I do when I am starting a new novel, I have done it before so deep down, I know I can do it again. Often it’s a leap of faith, but generally, I believe in my ability to write an entertaining story.

Special thanks to Lisa for answering our questions and sharing her book with our readers!

How to win "Stella Makes Good":
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 strangest, craziest or most "out there" New Year’s resolution you have ever made? 
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.

Giveaway ends January 9th at midnight EST.


Nina said...

Nice to hear she appreciates the thoughts/messages from readers! What I love about authors is that, for the most part, if you e-mail them after reading their book, THEY WRITE BACK! What rock stars!
I don't have too many "out there" resolutions, however this year I did resolve to stop making fun of my sister's boyfriend for being an extreme couponer. ;D

The Book Chick said...

Count me in for this giveaway- this one looks great!


I haven't made any crazy resolutions. I suppose I'm boring, LOL. However last year was the first year that I was truly successful in my resolutions because I lost almost 30 pounds AND quit smoking in 2011, yay!

I am a GFC follower.

I am a Facebook member.

Literary Chanteuse said...

I can't think of any crazy resolution I've ever made but this year I am hoping to stop biting my nails which is an awful habit and of course read and review more books. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower.


BRN2SHOP9 said...

One year I said I would exercise everyday. Yeah like that happened. lol

I follow via GFC, twitter and facebook

brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

Teresa said...

This sounds like a really fun book. Please count me in.

teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

Kritters Ramblings said...

Call me a bore - I don't tend to make New Years resolutions. This year, I just want to spend time centered around the people and the hobbies I love.

I am a fan on facebook.
I am a GFC.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

I am a GFC follower

I don't make strange or crazy resolutions because I know that they are not doable. Even weight loss ones, I only will say 10% which would be maybe 15-18lbs in a year. I don't think that's crazy.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Rachael Johns said...

My craziest NY resolution was giving up chocolate!! Haha... it lasted about ten hours :) Fabulous post!


Lisa Heidke said...

Thanks so much for having me over, Amy and for all the great comments! Must admit I having come up with any new year's resolutions for 2012, other than to keep writing and STOP getting distracted by Facebook, Twitter and my children!
Lisa xx

Peace, Love & Scrapbooking said...

This probably isn't strange or out there to anyone but get organized. If you knew me, you laugh every Jan 1, cause I have tried this resolution for about 25 years. I am still so unorganized and late to EVERYTHING. There is always hope!

I am a follower via email and GFC

I am a fan of ChickLit Central on Facebook

Marthalynn said...

She's so charming and endearing! Great interview.

I can't say that I've made any crazy resolutions, per se; but I can say that in the past I've set myself up for failure with some of the resolutions I'd made. The "I will work out every single day" one is always the first to go.

I follow you on GFC.

marthalynn16 (at) gmail D(0t) com

Sheena said...

i don't usually make new year resolution's since I usually don't stick to them Long! Oh Well:)

I follow the blog and am a member on the facepage page

karenk said...

i tend not to make new year resolutions...

thanks for the chance to read this fun novel.

i'm a follower, too :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jel said...

cover is really nice =)
enter me pls

punkme15 at gmail dot com

Jel said...

i always say that i will not be lazy anymore but then again im just too lazy to change my laziness lol

punkme15 at gmail dot com

Jel said...

im already a blog follower =)
GFC: Jel

punkme15 at gmail dot com

Jel said...


punkme15 at gmail dot com

Jel said...

im a member of chicklit central on fb
FB name: Jel Jell

punkme15 at gmail dot com

Lilian said...

1. Please tell us: What is the strangest, craziest or most "out there" New Year’s resolution you have ever made?
Honestly, I have never really made any New Year's resolutions. Perhaps it's because I have no faith in my willpower whatsoever.

2. Followed already~

3. Posted on twitter

4. Joined Chick Lit Central on Facebook

lilianxcheng AT gmail DOT com

Lisa Heidke said...

Again, thanks for all the lovely comments and Nina, I love emailing readers back - especially when they tell me they know someone just like my main character or the teenager, husband, etc.
And Jel, I am in love with this cover - I hope it inspires readers to pick it up!
Cheers, Lisa xx

Ananda said...

I just got back from my holidays,and what do I see..MOREEEEE awesome giveaways at chicklitcentral!Guys,you're unbelievable!Thank you for all the great job you're doing and for all these COOL giveaways.

Regarding the craziest New Years resolution I have made..actually I made a list this year,and one of my Resolutions was to FINALLY open a facebook account so I can follow you even there:)Awesome right? lol

Follow you here and on twitter,and tweeted about the giveaway just now!/BookstoRemember/status/155726558445838337
but will tweet again:)

My e-mail addy is

Thank you guys!!!xx

StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is the strangest, craziest or most "out there" New Year’s resolution you have ever made?

I actually don't believe in New Year's Resolutions.

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 a member.

queenofcrunk at gmail dot com

Kim W. said...

1. I gave up making resolutions years ago cuz they never stuck, year in my mid-20's I did say I would give up coffee. That lasted about 6 days :( And today I am a proud owner of a Keurig machine.....and I often visit Starbucks!

2. I follow the CLC blog already

3. I posted this contest on FB

4. I belong to CLC on FB

Jeryl M. said...

I once made a resolution of exactly how much I wanted to weigh. I ended up not keeping that resolution.

I am a Facebook fan.

I am a subscriber.

Anonymous said...

Phew, just got here in time!

1.I don't think I ever made a weird New Years resolution, sorry.
2.I'm a follower.
3.I posted on twitter @carlrscott
4.I'm a member of Chick Lit Central on Facebook.


Stephanie said...

You cast sounds awesome!! I'd so want to see your movie!!! :)

haefner919 at yahoo dot com

1- I think my most out there resolution was to get an agent. yeah..not so easy.

2- I am a follower!

3- Gonna go post on Fb and twitter!

Kristen said...

The book sounds great!

My big resolution is to declutter - I'm using a blog that gives you one task to do a day. We'll see how long this lasts... :)

Follower with email and FB!


Nancye said...

This sounds like a book I would like enjoy! Thanks for the chance.

I haven't made any strange or crazy resolutions before. I guess I'm pretty boring.

GFC Follower

I Tweeted!/NancyeDavis/status/156597674039189505

FB Post!/nancyecdavis/posts/322482687785832

I like/follow you on Facebook

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Karen said...

I would love love love to win a copy of this book. I just finished 2 of Lisa's other books and would welcome the chance to read a third...for free:)