Our Chick Lit Roots

Hello Contemporary Romance Writer Fans, Yes, we are all here to talk about contemporary romance, obviously. But our chapter used to be all about chick lit. Today, to honor our roots, here are some links to posts from way back when, all in celebration of chick lit. Do you think chick lit and contemporary romance are connected? What do you think of the term chick lit? What can reading chick lit teach us about creating protagonists for our contemporary romances? Leave a comment. Let’s talk!   Your Perfect Chick Lit Heroine ~ By Megan Crane If chick lit is—to use...

I Write It, But I Can’t Define It. What Is Chick-Lit?

~ By Shelly Bell My name is Shelly Bell and I read and write Chick-Lit. My friends and I began dabbling in the genre back in the early nineties, when hairspray and waterfall bangs were in style (which I never needed because I’ve always had naturally, big hair). The first Chick-Lit author I remember enjoying was Olivia Goldsmith, who is most popular for writing The First Wives Club, a movie which incidentally co-starred a friend of mine, Elizabeth Berkeley. But I digress. I stayed up all night reading her book, Flavor of the Month. All eight hundred plus pages...

Happy New Year from Chick Lit Writers of the World!

~ By Deborah Bassett Happy New Year from Chick Lit Writers of the World! As the newly-elected president of the chapter, I am delighted to welcome you to our blog, where you will find top-notch articles on craft, interviews with published authors, editors, and agents, and original reviews of the latest chick-lit novels. I begin 2012 with a quick look at some common questions I hear about our genre: 1. What exactly is “chick-lit”? And isn’t it dead?! Two related question that continue to swirl around list-servs and writing conferences are how to define the genre and whether or...

This Week in Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor   Hello Chick Lit Fans! Happy December! Especially to those of you who participated in NaNoWriMo. Congratulations to all of you. Here’s hoping that December is full of wonderful naps and fun movies. One thing I’m always pondering after NaNo (besides the fact that my apartment is a mess but I’m too exhausted to do anything about it) is my writing process. By coincidence, I came across some interesting blog posts by other chick lit writers and how they write. The first is by Liz and Liza from the wonderful site Chick Lit is Not Dead. The...

Monday Inspiration: Chick lit is very much alive!

~ By Melina Kantor As you may remember from Friday, our blog just had its first anniversary. So, to celebrate, I thought we’d benefit from revisiting some of the words of wisdom given to us over the past year by some of the published authors who have been kind enough to visit us. Read on to find out what these authors have to say about the state of and the term chick lit: According to Lani Diane Rich: I touched on this a little before, and I know y’all are going to throw things at me, but here’s the...

Inspiration from Maeve Binchy

~ By Melina Kantor Hello All, Well, let me guess. Most of you are freezing. It’s the middle of the week. You’re tired. So, we’re bringing you a bit of inspiration, from the legendary Maeve Binchy, who’s been called “The Mother of all Chick Lit.” Listen closely. She sneaks in a opinion on the “chick lit” label there’s been so much talk about. We certainly do have an incredible group of Irish women writers to thank for helping establish the genre. And don’t you just love her definition of success? She’s so right. I adored the image of our...

Welcome Megan Crane!

~ Interview by Melina Kantor There sure is some incredible talent among the RWA Chick Lit Writers! And we’re showcasing some of that talent today. We’re delighted to have chapter member and fabulous author Megan Crane (aka Caitlin Crews) visiting the blog to share some of her thoughts on reading, writing, and the chick lit genre. Welcome Megan! Clearly, you love to read. You’ve got an MA and a PhD in literature (extremely impressive, by the way). What got you so interested in books? I do love to read. It’s how I relax, how I quiet my mind, and,...

This Week in Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor Hello Chick Lit Fans! Happy Friday! We hope it’s been a good week. Speaking of how the week’s been, I couldn’t help but notice that the topic of chick lit’s been making the papers. And I thought some of the articles might be fun to discuss. For example, there’s the article from dealbreaker.com about a bank CEO’s wife who describes her husband’s love of of chick lit. Apparently, CEO Peter Sands reads chick lit and watches romantic comedies with his three daughters to unwind after a long day. Then, there’s the article in The Globe...

An Interview With Marilyn Brant

~ Interview By Melina Kantor We’re thrilled to have Marilyn Brant, award-winning author of According to Jane and Friday Mornings at Nine, visiting us today. I first met Marilyn over three years ago at the RWA Conference in San Francisco. It was my first conference, and I’d just finished my very first novel. Being surrounded by wonderful and supportive authors was an incredible feeling, but I felt like the lone chick lit writer of the bunch. Then I met Marilyn, who introduced herself by saying that she wrote “light women’s fiction.” She could not have been nicer or more...

Chick Lit by Any Other Name?

~ By Hillary Raymer As I delved into my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it occurred to me that my soon-to-be hopeful novel needed a “genre.” Though I don’t write the sassy chick lit that many of us have come to love, I do believe I have a strong chick lit voice, one that carries significant weight when I write my paranormal romances. So when it came time to choose a genre for NaNoWriMo, I was torn. Should I choose Romance or Fantasy? But then there was Chick Lit. A genre that many had sworn was...

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