Reading Lark After Dark would like to welcome author, Lisa Becker, to the Dark Nest today. Be sure to check out the giveaway details at the end of the interview.
Reading Lark After Dark: Why should readers pick up Double Click?
Lisa: If you haven’t read Click: An Online Love Story, read that before starting Double Click as the second book picks books up six months after the first one ends. Double Click doesn't really work as a stand-alone novel. You need to have met the characters and gotten to know their stories, quirks and email styles before reading this latest book. But like Click, I think the book is a modern epistolary novel for anyone who’s ever been in love, been dumped, been in love or is still searching for “the one.” And I think at the end of the day, it’s also about the beauty of having a group of close friends who can support you when things get tough, laugh with you when things get ridiculous, console you when you’re down, and cajole you into doing things that they can see are good for you, but you are reluctant to embrace.
Reading Lark After Dark: Who is your favorite character to write? Why?
Lisa: I think I most identify with Renee, but my favorite character is Shelley. She’s confident, brash, outrageous and wholly unapologetic for her choices. She was so fun to write. Her hilarious habit of giving nicknames to her “man du jour” was inspired by a childhood friend of mine who had a nickname for a guy in college that she admired from across the dorm cafeteria. She called him Maverick because he looked like Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Much like Shelley, she is a self-confident, gorgeous, lovely gal and it wasn't long before they met and dated for a spell.
Reading Lark After Dark: Where do you prefer to write?
Lisa: I sit in my home office at a HP desktop computer with a really big screen. My eyes grow tired pretty easily in my old age ;) And I like to write with the television on in the background. When I first started writing, I was obsessed with Law & Order reruns. Now I can’t seem to get enough of NCIS. I guess there’s a part of me that likes to see justice served.
Reading Lark After Dark: If this novel was a type of candy, what would it be?
Lisa: I am a true candy aficionado so I thought long and hard over this question. I was even tempted to do some taste testing just to be sure I was answering correctly. On a side note, when I encountered writer’s block or was just not feeling motivated to write, I gave myself little chocolate incentives to get past the blockage. Judging by my thighs, I had some serious problems writing this book. ;) But I digress. I think this book is most like Snickers because that’s what you’ll be doing out loud when you read some of the hilarity that ensues between Renee and friends.
Reading Lark After Dark: What inspired you to write this series?
Lisa: My husband and I met online on a popular dating website. After we married, I was recalling some of the hilarious experiences that I had with both traditional and online dating. I decided to capture some of them in writing and from there, a novel emerged. So you see, Click is loosely based on my real-life dating (mis)adventures, as well as stories friends have shared with me. In some cases, things are written as they actually occurred. Other scenarios are exaggerated for entertainment value or comedic affect. And some scenarios are completely fictionalized. I really did go out on a date with someone I met online who started every story (no joke!) with “My buddies and I were out drinking last night.”
Reading Lark After Dark: Who is your current book boyfriend?
Lisa: Sadly, I have no book boyfriend right now, as I've been so busy writing my book. But I've just picked up a few new chick lit titles for the summer and hope to fall hopelessly in love soon.
About the Author
Lisa Becker had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story and Double Click. She is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for you!
About the Novels
Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical "B" celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.
Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley's judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.
We have ONE prize pack up for grabs. One lucky winner will receive eBook editions of Click and Double Click. Thank you, Lisa Becker, for providing the books for the giveaway. The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. In order to win you must:
* Be 18+ years old
* Fill out the Rafflecopter below
The giveaway runs from May 28 - June 4. The winners will be contacted via email on June 5. Reading Lark After Dark is not responsible for prize delivery.