7 Aug 2017

Interview with Links Author Lisa Becker

In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase -- glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett called her in high school. In short, she’s a catch now and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario. A now successful professional golfer, he’s recently suffered a major setback in the form of a possible career-ending injury. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?
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Hi Lisa! Can you tell us a little about your latest book.
A light-hearted, second chance romance, Links explores what happens when nerdy girl Charlotte Windham reconnects with her unrequited high school crush, star athlete Garrett Stephens, years later. Have they grown and changed? Are they able to forget and forgive the past? Is love possible?

What inspired you to write it?

As I was looking to write a new love story, I thought about the types of love we encounter and recalled the unrequited high school crush, which was as much a part of the teen years as football games, acne, proms and final exams. I'm not too ashamed to admit I had such a fierce crush on a boy, I willingly sat with him in the bathroom at parties while he puked up wine coolers, just so I could spend time with him. Thankfully, that soul-crushing time in my life is over, but I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if I came upon that secret crush as a confident, successful woman.

Is it part of a series?

This is a stand-alone. I do have a previous series - a trilogy - comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click which unfold exclusively in emails as a young woman searches for love online in Los Angeles.

If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
I would love to see someone with the emotional range and depth of Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Charlotte. I think she could make her come across as vulnerable, successful, intelligent and passionate. For Garrett, we would need someone who is classically handsome and oozes charm. Matt Bomer, who pulled that off perfectly on White Collar comes to mind. If he's not available, let's just say, I would love to be at the casting call for that role.

What made you want to become an author?
I remember writing short stories and poems as a little girl and always told myself I would write a book someday, but I didn't really know what that would be. After my husband and I met on a popular online dating website, I started thinking back to the funny experiences I had with dating and stories from friends. I started writing them down and my first novel, Click: An Online Love Story emerged.
After receiving a plethora of rejections from literary agents and publishers, I decided to self-publish my first book. I figured my parents would buy a copy or two and could brag that their daughter "wrote a book." It wasn't until I started receiving complimentary emails from strangers who were eager for a sequel that I realized I could really be a writer. Links is my fifth novel and the first to be released by a traditional publisher.

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?
One of the best book covers I've ever seen is the 1972 reissue of A Clockwork Orange. The book freaks me out, as does the movie. The cover perfectly captures every creepy, unnerving, hair-raising feeling I get when I think about the story.

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
I bawled like a baby (on an airplane!) reading She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. I almost couldn’t believe that a man could write so convincingly from this young woman’s point of view. Up until that time, I don't remember being so affected by a character and rooting so fiercely for her.

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?

Right now, I'm a big fan of Colleen Hoover. Her stories are filled with developed, realistic and likeable characters. Over the course of her books I feel a range of emotions from completely gutted to over the moon elated with a happy ending.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
I think I would have to return my college diploma if, as an English lit major, I did not take the opportunity to meet William Shakespeare. But if I listened to my heart instead of reason, I would want to meet Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show. I think he is brilliant, clever and funny as hell.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
While working in Atlanta during the ’96 Olympics, I wrote “The Official Grits Guide to Atlanta.” It was a promotional piece for Quaker Oats to promote grits and showcase all of the great restaurants where you could experience the quintessential Southern staple.

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.
I live in a little beach town just south of Los Angeles called Manhattan Beach. There is a charming bakery down by the ocean called Beckers. It is always busy and they have the most fantastic frosting. (Trust me. I know my frosting.) I am always asked if I am the owner of the bakery. To which I usually respond with the terrible pun, "I wish. I would be rolling in the dough." 

Lisa Becker is a romance writer whose previous novels include Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman's search for love online in Los Angeles, have 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 first in the series was optioned for a major motion picture.
Lisa’s writings about online dating have been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, GalTime.com, Single Edition, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites. 
As Lisa's grandmother used to say, "For every chair, there's a rush." Lisa is now happily married to a 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 anyone!
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