Q&A with Lisa Becker & Giveaway

In your novel Click we get to know Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark, and Ethan through a series of emails. What can readers expect form the sequel, Double Click?
Double Click is the sequel to Click: An Online Love Story, the modern epistolary novel that book bloggers and reviewers called hilarious, clever and full of fun.  Double Click, which follows the same all-email format, picks up with the same main characters six months after the original books ends.  If the first book was about Renee’s search for love online, this book is about whether she and her friends have all found their “HEA” or “happily ever after.”  Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click allows readers to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. 

Why did you choose to tell the story through a series of emails instead of the 'traditional' way?
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. 

When writing emails, I sometimes find it hard to convey my emotions or tone to the recipient. Was this a challenge for you while writing Click?
Writing a novel entirely composed of emails certainly did pose some challenges and that was one of them.  I tried my best to establish each character’s personality so that it became apparent when they were being serious, sarcastic or sincere.  Emoticons were also a help.  But the hardest part was keeping the timeline and email exchanges organized.  Sometimes, I would have to look back a few pages earlier to make sure I had cc’d or bcc’d the right people on an email and that the subject lines were consistent.  In some cases, there were replies to forwards to replies.  Keeping it all straight was a challenge, but essential to the book’s format. 

In Click two of the characters sign up for an online dating service. Have you ever used an online dating service? Why kind of experience did you have?
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.  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 10 years and have two amazing daughters - ages 8 and 6. 

What advice would you give to someone who is new to online dating?
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. 

Can we expect a third book in the Click series?
This reminds me of something my sister once said, and I’ve found it to be quite true.  The minute you start dating, people ask “when you are getting engaged?”  Once engaged, it’s “when are you getting married?” and once you are married, it’s “when are you having a baby?”  Well, I feel like I just gave birth to a baby and I’m not ready to have another one…not just yet.  A friend, after seeing the Double Click cover, said, “Can’t wait for part three, Right Click; the story of how Renee becomes a conservative and falls madly in love with a one percenter!"  While I don’t think Renee will become a member of the Tea Party anytime soon, I love the title.  So, you never know.  Right Click may be out there some day. 

What do you do when you're not writing?
I’m fortunate to have had a series of wonderful careers outside of writing including being a wife, mom, PR professional, college professor, volunteer and Girl Scout troop leader.  But, I’ve always wanted to learn to professionally decorate cakes.  Not only does it look fun, but really yummy!

What's your favorite summertime activity?
I live in a part of Los Angeles County called Manhattan Beach, less than two miles from the ocean.  I love walking along the strand, looking out over the ocean, searching for dolphins and playing in the sand with my girls. 

What's the best advice you've ever received?
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."  That advice served me well during my 15+ years in public relations.

What book are you dying to read?
More than a year ago, I read Michael Pollan’s nonfiction book, In Defense of Food, which examines the western diet and its effect on our health. His advice is simple: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” That, coupled with a viewing of a documentary called Forks Over Knives, which examines how many degenerative diseases can be controlled or reversed with a whole-food, plant-based diet, changed my life.  I’m now more than a year into being a vegetarian and have never felt better.  I just received “Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health” and am looking forward to learning more. 

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