Q&A with Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

lizlisa2Today my guests are the authors of I’ll Have Who She’s Having, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.


Here’s a quick bio about the duo:

Liz and Lisa, have been friends for twenty years since the day Lisa walked into Freshman English class wearing red eyeglasses that made her look like Sally Jessie Rafael’s younger, more stylish sister. They both attended Cal Poly Pomona University and each graduated with a degree in Communication. Lisa is single and a supervising producer and writer in television. Liz is married with two children and works in pharmaceutical sales.  They both reside in Long Beach, California. Although this is their first book, they are in the process of writing another which should be out sometime in late 2009.


And now here is my interview…


illhavecoverHello.  Thanks for being here today.  Can you tell us a little about your book, I’ll Have Who She’s Having?

Kate’s been depressed ever since yet another long-term boyfriend unceremoniously dumped her.  When her younger and married sister Kelly convinces her the way to meet a quality man is for the two of them to sign up for a volleyball class, she’s just desperate enough to agree. But Kate becomes so fixated on their coach that she fails to see an unlikely but perfect match right in front of her.


Kelly’s been less than happy for longer than she wants to admit. She’s the one who appears to have it all: the perfect husband, the big house and the beautiful daughter. Despite it all, she feels an emptiness she can’t explain and is conflicted when it’s her volleyball coach who offers an answer.


I’ll Have Who She’s Having follows Kate and Kelly as they battle themselves and each other in their search for a happy ending.  Through a series of hardships and self-doubt, they both realize they were looking for happiness in the wrong places. It’s a novel for anyone who ever secretly let their insecurities get the best of them.


What inspired the book?

Lisa:  Well, they say write what you know… And because I had way too much knowledge about dating disasters that can happen to a woman in her thirties, I figured I’d put it to good use.


Liz:  I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that women act as if their lives are perfect even when they’re falling apart.  Also, I really wanted to write about what the first year after having kids is really like.  In a matter of months, we went from jetting off to party in Vegas at a moment’s notice to having in depth discussions about poop consistency.  Needless to say, it was a hard transition!


Was it difficult writing the book together?

Lisa: I can safely say it was fun! The best part is that you have a partner in crime, someone to plot with and to motivate you when you have the writing blues.  And we have so much fun reading each other’s work, almost to the point where we like to “one-up” each other.  Probably bad for friendship but great for our readers!


Liz: The only downside is that we had to learn how to take a step back and GRACIOUSLY ACCEPT constructive criticism because throwing lattes at each other in Starbucks during editing sessions is frowned upon.


What was your writing process like?

Liz: We each wrote one character. Liz wrote Kelly and Lisa wrote Kate. But when all was said and done, we both contributed a lot to each character. And to be perfectly honest, we weren’t nearly as organized as many “how to write” books would encourage!  We knew the basic outline (beginning, climax & ending) but would only map out about 3-4 chapters at a time. For us, we’re at our best when we don’t follow the “rules”. 


What was your favorite part of writing the book?

Liz:  I would love when Lisa would send her chapter over for me to read before I began the next one. It was hot off the presses!


Lisa: I loved brainstorming with Liz!  We would have so much fun coming up with the crazy things Kate and Kelly would do next!


What’s next for you?  Do you have any more books planned?

We are working on our second book about a recently divorced man and the two women in his life—his ex-wife and his new girlfriend.  We also have a blog at www.chicklitisnotdead.com that we have so much fun writing.


Also, on Saturday, April 25th, we’ll be signing books at Serendipity, a hip and trendy boutique in Libertyville, Illinois. We’re excited to be part of the Downtown Libertyville “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” weekend.


You mentioned a blog, Chick Lit is Not Dead.  Can you tell us a little about that?

While we were shopping our book to agents, we kept hearing the same thing:  We love your manuscript but Chick lit is dead…


We did not agree! 


Every woman we know loves nothing better than to curl up with a good chick lit book.  Most women want to read about other women that they can relate to.  At the end of the day, we all just want a GOOD book that helps us escape from the stress of our everyday lives.  So we started our blog Chick Lit Is Not Dead for people who still crave books with high fashion and happy endings! 


Do you have any questions for my blog readers?

Who are your favorite chick lit authors? Why?

What kind of characters do you relate to?

What issues do you like the books you read to cover?


Thanks Liz and Lisa!
There you go readers.
Be sure to check out their book and to visit Liz and Lisa’s blog:  www.chicklitisnotdead.com


And if you are in the Libertyville, Illinois area on April 25th stop by and say “Hi” to the authors.


In the meantime, go ahead and answer their questions if you’d like to…


One Response to Q&A with Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

  1. Lisa Steinke says:

    Thanks for having us! Great site! xoxo Liz and Lisa

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