Thursday, May 31, 2012
Meg Mitchell Moore is closer than ever...plus a book giveaway!
**Giveaway is now closed**
Meg Mitchell Moore is taking time out from her ultra busy life to join us today, and we’re super excited about it! With a B.A. and a Master's in English Literature, Meg was set up for success in the writing community, so it’s no surprise that after some successful years as a journalist, she’s now turned her attention to a burgeoning fiction career. She not only published "The Arrivals" right around this time last year, but she’s doing it again this year, with her latest novel, "So Far Away." As if that’s not enough, she’s currently working on her next novel, in addition to moving her entire family across the country (one husband, three kids, and a border collie). We’re so grateful that she found some time to answer some questions for us here at Chick Lit Central!
Thanks to BookSparks PR, we have one copy of "So Far Away" to give away to a lucky US reader!
You can learn more about Meg by visiting her website and following her on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s early summer when Ginny and William’s peaceful life in Burlington, Vermont, comes to an abrupt halt. First, their daughter Lillian arrives, two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood—only this time around, their children are facing adult problems. By summer’s end, the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility, exposing the challenges of surviving the modern family. And the old adage, once a parent, always a parent, has never rung so true.
"So Far Away" was published this past week:
Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents’ ugly divorce, and from the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. She discovers a dusty old diary in her family’s basement and is inspired to unlock its secrets. Kathleen Lynch, an archivist at the Massachusetts State Archives, has her own painful secrets: she’s a widow estranged from her only daughter. Natalie’s research brings her to Kathleen, who in Natalie sees traces of the daughter she has lost. What could the life of an Irish immigrant domestic servant from the 1920s teach them both? In the pages of the diary, they will learn that their fears and frustrations are timeless.
What is the first chick lit novel you read?
"The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing." (LOVED it loved loved it)
Why do you think chick lit is still alive and going strong?
I think the issues chick lit faces are perennially relevant. Shopping, yes, relationships, of course, but also the act of making one's way in the world personally and professionally.
The latter is something most chick lit heroines are wrestling with and for me that's the most interesting aspect of the genre.
Which chick lit character would you want as your best friend?
Andy from "The Devil Wears Prada." Or Bridget Jones, because I would enjoy having a best friend with an accent.
Which chick lit novel would make a great movie (that hasn't been done yet)?
"These Girls" by Sarah Pekkanen.
Who is your favorite chick lit author (aside from yourself)?
I adore Elin Hilderbrand, although I am not sure if she is officially included in the genre. And I can't wait to see what Jennifer Close writes next.
How to win "So Far Away":
Please tell us about an experience you've had with bullying OR what you think can be done to combat cyber bullying. (One entry per person.) Please include your e-mail address or another way to reach you if you win.
US only. Giveaway ends June 5th at midnight EST.