WELCOME TO . . . CHICK LIT GODDESS AND DEBUT NOVELIST ISABELLA ANDERSON

ILABioPicIsabella, could you tell us a little about yourself and why you created your wonderful blog, Chick Lit Goddess

In 2009, I created Chick Lit Goddess. While I planned to use it as a personal blog, it quickly turned it into more than that. With inspiration of my favorite website, Chick Lit Plus, I started featuring reviews, authors, and their books of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Comedies, and Women’s Fiction! To this day, I’m overwhelmed by the love and support of my of my Chick Lit Goddess site. When I created the name CLG, I didn’t know at the time that I’d created a brand for my books and myself. My other website www.IsabellaLouiseAnderson.com is under construction and I’m planning to launch it soon!

What is a typical writing day for you:

I really wish I could say that I have a “typical writing day”, but I don’t. Since I’ve been editing for what seems like forever, the last time I really wrote anything was in November, during NaNoWriMo. I missed it so much, so I took full advantage of it. While I wrote my next book in seventeen days, which for now is titled “Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop”, sitting down and actually doing the work was what I needed for me to see how my “typical day” could be if I really focus.

 How the writing process works for you. Plotster or panster?

 Before I wrote “Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop”, I was a panster who really had no process. I’d simply just sit in my chair and wait for something to come to my mind. Often, it was stressful, but I managed to do it. However, that changed in November when participated in NaNoWriMo. I never outlined anything, nor had I really had an idea of where my story lines were going, but on November 1st, I started outlining and it changed my life as a writer. I bought a lot of lined paper, colourful pens and tabs, and started jotting characters and ideas down. It was an amazing experience, and who knew I could love office products to much?!

 Social Networking – a help or a hindrance?

Both! While it can be helpful to gain fans and help promote, social networking is also a huge distraction for a writer.

Some advice for fledgling authors, please:

I used to think that when someone would say to “just write”, they were crazy. It turns out that they weren’t. It’s true…all you have to do is write your first draft.

What are your top five writing tips?

  1.  Use a timer! To cut back on distractions from my phone and computer, I bought a cheap timer at the grocery store and set it in 35-minute increments, dedicating myself to my WIP. I use it so that there’s no Facebook, Twiter, or any type of distraction. I love it!
  2. Talk about your books! I’m a shy person, so this is hard for me to do, but the more and more you discuss it with someone, the more you feel like a writer/author. Most of the time, you’ll end up getting more ideas, too.
  3. Take it one day at a time! Accept that there are going to be bad days. Your writing might not be good, but being a writer isn’t easy. Just knowing that tomorrow is another day can help lighten the weight of stress.
  4. Read! For me, reading a good book by your favorite author can help inspire you. Before you know it, you’ll be saying, “Hey, I can write, too!”
  5. Do not let your writing consume you! Everyone needs to go out with friends and make new memories. You might tell yourself that you can’t go out and play because you have a book to write, but don’t. Instead, pretend you’re going out to do research for a character or storyline. Oh, and have fun, too! ☺

Who has inspired you the most?

I have so many people who have inspired me, but I’d have to say my parents.

If not a writer – then what?

Geez, this is a tough one. I guess that if I had to pick to be anything other than a writer, I’d be an editor of a magazine.

isabellaanderson_therightdesign_ebook_finalBlurb and link(s) to your current book

Blurb: Interior designer Carrie Newman’s day starts out perfectly. For their sixth anniversary, her boyfriend, Roger, gives her diamond earrings, but the sparkle is lost later that same day when she catches him in the act with another woman. Heartbroken and in disarray, Carrie chooses to leave the past behind, possibly forever. She lands in ritzy Palm Beach, Florida where a new job and new client leave her wondering if THE RIGHT DESIGN for her life has finally been found.

Some reviews of your work (if you don’t have any, as yet, please tell us what YOU look for in a great book)

I don’t have any reviews yet but the one thing I look for in a great book is the happy ending. While I do care about how the story line gets to the ending, after it’s over, I (the reader) want to know that the characters are happy. Years later, I want to be able to look back and know that the Hero and Heroine are still together, living a wonderful life together.

Links to your blog etc

Website: http://chicklitgoddess.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ila121209

Facebook – Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Louise-Anderson-Author/253277964716883

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7382151.Isabella_Louise_Anderson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ILA121209

Twitter – Chick Lit Goddess: https://twitter.com/ChickLitGoddess

Finally – what are you working on ATM? 

I’m about to start working on the next draft of “Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop”.  I’m very eager to get back to it.

Author bio:

Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn’t blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing.

She lives in Dallas with her husband and cat. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading.

Isabella’s short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. 

The Right Design will be her first novel.

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About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which all our books are published.

Posted on January 21, 2014, in First Person Singular and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. What a lovely, positive interview with Isabella, thanks Lizzie, very impressed with how hard she works and how focused she it, you’re bound to success Isabella. I particularly liked the advice to go out and party and make new memories, something we New Romantics certainly take to heart, regularly!

    Happy writing. xxx

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  2. Thanks for popping over Adrienne. Its great to have Isabella on my blog today as she is so very kind and generous with her support of new writers via her blog and Facebook group. I agree about making new memories as it is all too easy to stay chained to the desk and type away at the pc while life slips us by. Go for it, ladies !!

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  3. Lovely to read all about your journey to publication Isabella, and I agree, social networking is such a distraction, I’m forever dipping into it! A timer could be the solution though – next time I’m at the grocery store… ! Thanks Lizzie for the interview xxx

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    • You’re very welcome Shani. As for social networking I’m thinking of getting some help with my tweeting as its got a bit out of hand. Might be easier now I’ve got to grips with my new Windows 8 PC.

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  4. Fab post, ladies! I love all things Chick Lit Goddess related. It’s lovely to learn more about you, Isabella. Great nuggets of advice there. Congratulations on your success and very best of luck for the future. Love the blurb! 🙂 Xx

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  5. I love being a Chick Lit Goddess! Good luck to Isabella with your book, it sounds fantastic. Love those writing tips, too. x

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  6. Oh, I would agree with the going out “for research purposes” 🙂 I think your brain simply needs a change of scenery sometimes. Often I find I come back inspired (particularly after a night out with the girls!). Fab Interview, ladies. Good luck with ‘The Right Design’, Isabella! Loving that cover! 🙂 xx

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    • In fact, Sheryl, I’m going out with the laydees tonight – to the cinema. The Hobbit 2 – but I’m sure there’s a romance angle I can utilise. After all, the dragon has Dominic Cumberbatch’s voice !

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