30/10/2013

My Chick-Lit Timeline: Samantha Stroh Bailey (Author Of Finding Lucas)

Fab author, Samantha Stroh Bailey just came back from her Europe/Canada tour with her entertaining debut, Finding Lucas, I described queer-ky and she decided to step on my part of the world to speak a language we all our quite familiar with, Chick-lit!

Stick with her as she goes down memory lane to relay to us, all the Chick-lit that has made an impact on her life from her wee years till present.

My love affair with adult chick lit began quite late, towards the end of university, when my best friend handed me Milk Run by Sarah Mlynowski and said, “Read this.” Well, as a lover of literary fiction and mystery, I scoffed and pointing to her pastel-covered books, I said, “Thanks, but I don’t read that stuff.” Knowing I wasn’t a fan of change, she smiled and said, “Just try it.”

Bridget Jones’s Diary:

Like any chick lit fan, I am itching to get my hands on Helen Fielding’s third installment of Bridget. Mad about the Boy will be published in October, and I think I’ll re-read the first two to get myself in a state of frenzied excitement. Bridget’s madcap antics, hilarious friends and never boring love life changed the face of chick lit forever

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner.

I adore, revere and lay at the feet of the incomparable Ms. Weiner. I love her edgy plot lines, imperfect characters and page-turning prose. I have read every single one of her books and have loved them all. I have always wanted to be a writer and her books have fueled my passion and drive.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

has one of my favorite covers of all time. I love how simple and elegant it is, and the plot line is one of the best ever written.

Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

made me laugh harder than almost any other book I’ve read. Kinsella is a master at writing over the top situations in the most effortless, breezy and likeable voice.

Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

cemented her as one of my favorite writers. Dark, smart and always funny, Keyes is brilliant. I was beyond honored to appear with her in a video launching Wattpad’s chick lit feature. I play it over and over. If only I hadn’t giggled.

Brenda Janowitz’s Scot on the Rocks

was just one of the many Red Dress Ink books I’ve inhaled. I also read the sequel, Jack with a Twist (love that title) and can’t wait to read Recipe for a Happy Life.

Eileen Goudge is one of my writing idols, and while she’s not a chick lit author, per se, she writes women’s fiction like nobody else. In fact, she should have been the first author I mentioned because she wrote some of the Sweet Valley High books and also wrote the Seniors series, which I read long before my BFF handed me her pink books. Goudge is a NYT bestseller and her first novel, Garden of Lies, has sold millions of copies worldwide.You would think that someone so successful and talented would be untouchable. Well, not only is Eileen an incredible writer, but she is also kind, lovely, warm and generous, and I am very lucky to call her a friend. Little did I know when I entered this wacky and wonderful author life that I would become close to such amazing people.

And when I published Finding Lucas, I was introduced to a world of authors who I might never have known had I not fallen in love with my e-reader. I still love to browse bookstores and crack the spine on a new paperback, but incredibly talented, lesser known authors don’t often get their books lining bookstore shelves. Here are some authors you should definitely check out if you love chick lit and women’s fiction!

Meredith Schorr

Francine LaSala

Cat Lavoie

Tracie Banister

Anna Garner/Libby Mercer

Lucie Simone

Lydia Laceby

Brea Brown

Sarah Louise Smith

Janis Thomas

Jackie Bouchard

Nicky Wells

Susan Buchanan

Kathleen Irene Paterka

Patricia Mann

There are so many other books and authors, but since I’ve turned 40, my memory has gone completely downhill. Forgive me if I have missed anyone I have read and adored. I know I have. Whether indie or traditionally published, these books make me smile, laugh and cry. And I would love to see all of these books be made into movies because what’s better than seeing your favorite characters brought to life and done right?

In fact,I’ve never seen Confessions of a Shopaholic. Off to do that now!

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Now that Samantha Bailey has gone through all her shelves with you, if you love her selections, there's no reason not to to stuck your shelves up with her titles (since all these are her influences)

Books by Samantha Stroh Bailey (click image to purchase)

Click here for my review of Finding Lucas.

ATM Samantha is trying her best not to reveal any secrets on her Upcoming novel which is in it's final editing stages, but trust us to get scoop on it [Insert wink here].

Samantha loves it when readers get social so check her out at Twitter | Facebook| Her Fab site.

Big Thank You to Samantha Stroh Bailey for spending time with us after a long pee-stakingly flight. I am grateful.

Signing off,

Kobby.

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