Interview w/ Lisa Becker, Author of "Click: An Online Love Story"

Title: Click: An Online Love Story
Author:
Lisa Becker
Published: March 29th 2011
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 284 pages
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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.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

Click: An Online Love Story is about one woman’s search for love online, with the story unfolding through emails between our heroine, her friends and the gentlemen she meets online.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

Click is loosely based on my real-life dating experiences, 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.” The ultimate goal was to create a fun read for anyone who has ever had a bad date, been in love, been dumped, or is searching for "the one." But, the happy ending is real. Steve and I have been happily married for 9 years and have two amazing daughters – ages 7 and 5.

What characteristics do you think you have in common with the characters?

I think I most identify with Renee. Her online dating profile is almost identical to the one I had when I meet my husband. But my favorite character is Shelley. She’s confident, brash, outrageous and wholly unapologetic for her choices. Although she and I are as different as can be, 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.

What books have most influenced your writing most and why?

Many years ago, I read a book called e by Matthew Beaumont which tells the story of a fictitious ad agency vying for a big account, with the story all told in emails. I thought that narrative style would work really well for the story I wanted to tell about the online dating world. It was a modern way of storytelling that fit the topic and the times.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?

I explored the traditional publishing route and got feedback from multiple literary agents. One in particular explained the current economic state of the publishing industry to me. Due to the large investment to edit, produce, distribute and market a work by an unknown author, many large publishers won’t take the risk. Self-publishing is a way to get your work out there and was very easy. The hardest part is marketing the book and spreading the word about it. So, I’m especially appreciative to blogs like yours for helping me with that process.

You are quite welcome and I concur (being self pub’d myself, lol)
Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?

Chocolate! No joke, I eat chocolate. If I’m stuck on a certain section or not feeling motivated to write, I give myself little chocolate incentives to get past the blockage. Judging by my thighs, I had some serious problems writing this book. 😉

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

My favorite part is the interaction between Renee and her friends. In my opinion, there’s nothing like 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.

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?

I’m also reminded of some advice I was once given. I had interviewed Charles Rosen, one of the producers of the original Beverly Hills 90210, for an alumni magazine article while I was in graduate school. And I’ll never forget what he told me, "Don’t fall in love with your words, because somebody above will probably change them."

Coffee or tea?

Believe it or not, I’ve never had a cup of coffee. I tried it once and didn’t like it, so I never tried it again. Sadly, I fell in love with chocolate after the first taste, and haven’t stopped. Again, my thighs can attest to that, believe me. So, I suppose a hot chocolate with a big dollop of whipped cream would be my go-to choice.

MMM . . . That sounds wonderful!
Laptop or desktop for writing?

I like to write at a desktop 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.

One of your favourite quotes?

“So shines a good deed in a weary world,” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I believe it’s taken from a Shakespearean quote from the Merchant of Venice.

An actor you have a crush on?

Jon Stewart. I think he’s brilliant, charismatic and funny as hell.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I’ve said many times before, if it happened for me, there’s hope for you. And, as my grandmother used to say, for every chair, there’s a tush. Love is out there; just be patient. And concentrate on being a complete, happy and fulfilled person on your own. When you are happy and secure in your own life, you will be much more attractive to someone else.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

SPOILER ALERT!!!!! Double Click, picks up with Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan six months later. Do Renee and Ethan end up together? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley’s judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Double Click answers these questions and more as readers continue to follow the email exploits of Renee and her friends.

Lisa Becker is a Los Angeles native currently residing in Manhattan Beach. Her novel, Click: An Online Love Story, about a young woman’s search for love online in LA has been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The story is loosely based on her own online dating experiences. After she married, she captured some of her hilarious dating experiences in writing and from there, a novel emerged. The ultimate goal was to create a fun read for anyone who has ever had a bad date, been in love, been dumped, or is searching for “the one.” But, the happy ending is real. She and her husband met online 12 years ago, have been happily married for nine years and have two amazing daughters – ages 7 and 5.

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2 comments

  1. This sounds like such a fun premise. I know to friends who married after they met their true loves online but this came after a long list of adventurous dating experiences. Thanks for sharing and great interview!

  2. I’ll have to remember about the chocolate. The book sounds like a lot of fun to read. Great interview, ladies.

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