Author Interview: Samara O’Shea, author of LOVES ME…NOT

author interviews

Today, on Traveling With T, I had the pleasure of an interview with Samara O’Shea. Samara is an author and her recent book is LOVES ME…NOT: How to Survive (and Thrive!) in the Face of Unrequited Love . Samara also is a contributor to Huffington Post– most notably for these 2 articles: Interview With An Adulterer and How Many Marriages End in Happily Ever AfterContinue reading

Literary Friday ya’ll!

Friday AND St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities happening- some people will be having a great time! I do believe that I’ll be going to see Oz, do some shopping, and just enjoy this pretty weather we’ve been having!

A note about next week: Going to apologize in advance- the blog posts will be sporadic- I’ll be out of town the latter part of the week, and the early part will be finishing work projects so I can enjoy my 4 day weekend & not worry about the things left behind.  Don’t miss me too much 🙂

1.#literaryfriday and Deep South Mag go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? This week’s round-up has news from Joshilyn Jackson (sequel news!),  Alice Walker and Wendy Wax While We Were Watching Downton Abbey news about her Georgia promotion tour. And,naturally, much more!

2. #giveways! Bookmagnet is giving away Family Pictures by Jane Green, A Woman, a wife, and mom is giving away The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, A Utah Mom’s Life is giving away Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, Goodreads is giving away a copy of Erika Marks new book, The Guest House,  and Drey’s Library is giving away Allie Larkin’s Why Can’t I Be You?

3. Julie Kibler’s getting more good news: Not only is Calling Me Home a pretty big deal- but Warner Bros. picked up the rights to “Calling Me Home”. So, how long till we it on the screen? I’m not sure- but Warner Bros.- CALL ME. I discussed all last month who would make a great cast for a movie!

4. My #fridayreads is The Mermaid of Brooklyn– it won’t be in stores till April 2nd- but so far, I’m enjoying it. Looking like a great book to give your “mom” friends! What is your #fridayreads?

5. This article was on HuffPost this week- and I saw a group on Twitter discussing it. Planning a Blog Tour? Think Twice. is the name of the article. I’ve read it- and my take is this: A blog tour CAN be a good way to get attention for you book- but I don’t think a blogger is required to love the book. Now, does that mean a blogger should trash a book? No. It means they can give their opinion, can say why they did not like it, and things of that nature.

I was thinking about the last line of the article- talking about real life book signings that books get sold, people attend and more- I guess we have not always attended the same type of book signings. I have been to signings where I’m the only person there- or there are so few people there, it’s almost sad. I always feel a bit of sadness for the author when I see turn-outs like this; but it happens.

Read the article- and tell me what you think. Would love to hear your thoughts. And, if you’ve been to a book signing- let me know how well attended it was.

6. Don’t forget- Twitter Chat with Rita Leganski on Wed, March 20th, 2-3pm EST. Use #srchat to join in and And Rita Leganski is on Twitter now- follow her @ritaleganski!

Happy Reading!



Chick-Lit: Are the feel-good books wrecking havoc on women’s body images?

Chick-lit. Innocent, fun covers. Generally eye-catching, bright colors. Stories about a woman in need of something: a man, a new lease on life, maybe a better job. Stories that most women can relate to becasue they are things we’re looking for. There may be several variations on this “chick-lit” theme (for example: the woman may have a man- but he isn’t the right man and she won’t know till she meets another man or the the main character may be married; but an old boyfriend causes doubts).

Take Sophie Kinsella- her rise to fame in the chick-lit world began with Becky Bloomwood- a likeable, mid-20’s character who has a problem with shopping. Becky makes mistakes; but she’s still a likeable character- so the reader roots for her. Becky is obsessed with clothes- and resentful of another characters long-legs.

Take Emily Giffin- one might argue she is the queen of chick-lit- the 2 characters she’s known best for are Rachel and Darcy. Rachel is the plain, studious, lawerly character; while Darcy is the tall, thin, partying character. While Rachel is not “fat”, she does compare herself to Darcy in ways- and feels she can’t compete with her. In Something Blue– Darcy makes a comment about Dex loving her “long, strong back” and that she does not have any back-fat- while Rachel def has “back fat”.

In Lauren Weiseberger’s Chasing Harry Winston– the reader learns much about Adrianna- she’s fantastic looking, wildly sexy, and adventurous. Her other friends are “cute”; but blessed in other ways- not really their body.

In the Huffington Post article today, the subject is Body Image Affected by Chick Lit, Study Says– but is it? When you read a chick-lit book do you feel good about yourself? Or does the character’s flaws OR strengths make you wish you hadn’t eaten ice-cream while reading the book? Does reading chick-lit make you want to run to the gym and stay there till you look like Darcy?

Personally, I think it’s an interesting article. Maybe not completely a valid point- but interesting. If reading chick-lit is your thing- and you don’t feel bad about yourself after reading about the main characters- then I say go for it. Read till the cows come home. However, if you do feel bad about your body image while reading- I suggest putting the books down for a bit. Take some time to assess things- do you have unrealistic expectations of what your body should look like? Because let’s face it- no matter how many hours spent at the gym; there are just some things that can’t be changed. No matter how badly you wish they could. And remember- take the whole “chick-lit” thing with a large grain of salt. Chick-lit is to be enjoyed, such as romantic-comedies are to also be enjoyed- life is not like either situation so you have to make the most of what you have, and not wish that things would be better if you were in a chick-lit book or rom-com movie.