Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meredith Goldstein is a single sensation and we have her book to give away!

Photo by Aram Boghosian
**Giveaway is now closed**

Today we welcome Meredith Goldstein and her debut novel "The Singles" (reviewed here). Meredith is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe. Her column "Love Letters" is a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn that gets about one MILLION page views every month on Boston.com. "Love Letters"  appears in the Globe’s print edition every Saturday. Meredith also writes about questionable dresses, fake rock stars, former boy band singers, female werewolves, self-help books, last picture shows, and how to sound like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.

Meredith was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, went to Syracuse University, and now lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts with a carnival-size cotton candy machine that she bought for herself on her 30th birthday.

Thanks to Penguin we have THREE books to give away to some lucky readers anywhere in the US or Canada.

Visit Meredith at her website and Twitter page.

Chick lit character you'd be best friends with.
Sophie from "The Wonder Spot." I’d love to watch TV with her. (And Melissa Bank.)

Who are two authors who have inspired you and why?
Tom Perrotta because I love the way he writes men. It’s important that men are genuine and multi-dimensional, even in chick lit. And I am inspired every day by Stephenie Meyer. I mean, you can say whatever you want about “Twilight,” but the woman had a vision and wrote a story that became many people’s reason to get up in the morning. That’s pretty great.

How did you decide to write chick lit?
I don’t know if I made that decision consciously. I just knew that I wanted to write a book about people who were alone at the same wedding. I had been to so many weddings by myself and I knew there was a book in those experiences. I don’t know if I thought much about genre until I was close to being finished with the novel. But what a lovely genre. I have great company, that’s for sure.

What do you do when you experience writer's block?
I walk around Jamaica Pond in Boston. It’s lovely and gets me thinking. Getting out of the apartment always helps.

Since one of your characters is addicted to V.C. Andrews novels, this begs the question: What is your history with V.C. Andrews and what is your favorite novel of hers?
I read too many of those books when I was a kid. My favorite was probably "Petals on the Wind." Sometimes when I read the hype about "Fifty Shades of Grey," I think, “But where are the weird dungeons and attics and couples who turn out to be siblings and twin sisters who turn out to be imaginary?”

First chick lit novel you ever read.
"The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing." My first and favorite.

What is one piece of advice you have for future writers?
Don’t be afraid to show people your work. I kept my work to myself for the better part of a year because I was afraid that everyone would hate it. When I finally got brave and gave it to my sister – who isn’t always the nicest editor -- it was fantastic. She loved it. And her comments were so helpful. It got the project rolling.

Music that feels most like chick lit.
One of the most important characters in my book, who happens to be a dog, is named after Liz Phair. For that reason, I have to say Liz. A good song for dancing after chapters: Liz Phair, “Whip-Smart.”

Do you go for sweets or salt?
Sweets. Always. I own a full-size cotton candy machine.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The book has been optioned for film by Lime Orchard Productions, which meant that I got to meet one of the company’s partners, actress Jami Gertz. I used to watch Jami’s movie The Lost Boys over and over and over as a kid. When I shook her hand in December, the 13-year-old girl in me was screaming with glee. I tried to play it cool but I know my hands were sweaty.

Special thanks to Meredith for chatting with us and to Penguin for sharing "The Singles" with our readers.

How to win "The Singles":
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 first chick lit novel you've ever read?
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/Canada only. Giveaway ends May 20th at midnight EST.


Cari-Bella Creations said...

The first chick lit novel I read was Bridget Jones Diary. I loved it and continued reading Chick Lit after that. One of my favorite chick lit novels is Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie.

Cari-Bella Creations said...

I am now following the blog, "liked" you on Facebook, and posted info about the giveaway on Facebook. And...I follow you on twitter.

Nina said...

The first Chick-Lit novel I ever read was Something Borrowed! To this day I am grateful to my friend for loaning me it, as it kicked my love of reading into high-gear!

Literary Chanteuse said...

Bridget Jones Diary was definitely one of my first chick lit books.

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Kritters Ramblings said...

The first chick lit novel I remember reading was Confessions of a Shopaholic, I was in college and a girlfriend said it was a great read!

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Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

The sounds like a perfect summer read! And fun interview :o)

+1: First chick lit...I think it was Confessions of a Shopaholic, freshman or sophomore year in college. I was hooked, haha :o)

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Britt F said...

I don't remember which one was first, but I know it was a Marian Keyes novel! Either Watermelon or Anybody Out There? But once I started reading her books, I couldn't stop!



Marthalynn said...

My first chick lit was Surrender the Pink by Carrie Fisher. I read it when I was about 14 (way too young for that material, imo) but I've been hooked to funny, smart chick lit ever since!

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Unknown said...

The first Chick Lit I read was The Nanny Diaries (probably showing my age).

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Kristen said...

Love, love, love the concept of this book. Absolutely must read!
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Stephanie said...

The first chick-lit novel I read was also Something Borrowed.


Bridget O'Neill said...

The first chick lit novel I read was probably Good in Bed. Great book, and I've been a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner and chick lit ever since!

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Cyndee said...

First Chick-Lit book was the Nanny Diaries and I never stop! I share titles and books with my friends too!

Na said...

The first chick-lit I read...I believe was Unbecoming Behavior by Stephanie Rowe.

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GoGreen said...

My first chick lit novel that I can recall reading was Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. I am a follower of CLC's blog, have tweeted about this contest, and am a fan of CLC on Facebook.


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sneakerdoodle said...

The first chicklit book I read was A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans. It continues to be one of my very favorite books I've read.

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Cher B said...

Looking forward to reading the Singles- thanks for the chance to win!

-my first chick lit read was likely Bridget Jones Diary though I also associate Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed with the explosion of this fun genre
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Linda Kish said...

Bridget Jones's Diary

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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bn100 said...

Bridget Jones' Diary

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karenk said...

i don't remember the first chick-lit novel i read...sorry ;(

thakns for the chance to read this one...

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Colleen Turner said...

This sounds really good! I like the angle of getting to see how the singles react to a wedding :).

I am sure this isn't the very first chick lit book I read, but the first that comes to mind is Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed. I actually remember being so enthralled by that book that I would read it at red lights when driving :).

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Debbie said...


I don't remember the first chick-lit book I read - I'm too old! :)

I tweeted this:https://twitter.com/#!/LibraryOfOurOwn/status/203639663574007809

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Erica said...

Confessions of a Shopaholic. Loved it!!

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StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is the first chick lit novel you've ever read?

Bridget Jones Diary

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

Am already a follower.

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.)

Already a member.

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Tiffany Drew said...

The first chick lit book I read was The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch - I think anyway lol. I'm not really sure since I've read so many :)

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Lisamarie said...

My first chick lit book was In her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner.

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