This has been a spectacular year at Chick Lit is Not Dead, and we've been thrilled to feature such esteemed authors as Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus. And this month is no different as we host Liza Palmer. Oh, Liza...How we love thee! From her insightful novels right down to her hilarious tweets, she can do no wrong in our book. So it's fitting that we end 2009 with the 25 things that we must know about her!
Liza's latest novel, A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents is a must read about an a woman who must face her past when her estranged father becomes ill. Her other novels include Seeing Me Naked and Conversations With the Fat Girl. Like her 25 Qs, her books are warm, funny and relatable. We heart her!
And speaking of her 25 Qs, Liz was excited to find out that Liza would make an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner and Lisa was happy to know that she was in good company when grinding her teeth in the middle of the night. And her favorite curse word made us LOL!
Chick Lit is Not Dead presents...
The 25 things readers want to know about Liza Palmer
1. Inside my purse, you'll discover: That I'm completely uncomfortable with being idle. NY Times Crossword puzzles, various books, etc...usually I just put my credit card, my Driver's License and my Starbucks card in my pocket and go.
2. My secret talent is: I know an astonishing amount of useless trivia.
3. If stranded on an island, the five things I could not live without are: Pride and Prejudice (the book and the movie - this is going to get a lot of hate mail - but I prefer Matthew MacFadyen), Earl Grey Tea, Shortbread Cookies and a Bowie knife.
4. On my nightstand you'll find: My stupid dental nightguard because I grind my teeth at night, my glasses and apparently my ID Card for Nerds R Us, for crissakes.
5. When I grew up, I wanted to be: a writer!
6. My worst job: I used to temp at this convention center - I'd count the take after the weekend's events. My immediate supervisor taped up butcher paper on the windows so I "wouldn't get distracted." So, counting pennies at 6AM with butcher papered windows pretty much wins. And my immediate supervisor would count everything I'd done over again.
7. My comfort food: Earl Grey Tea (from this little tea shop, Bird Pick) and shortbread.
8. The location where I write: Coffeeshop
9. Three songs on my IPOD's most played list: My top 3 are directly related to the writing of Field Guide: The Healing off the Lady in the Water Soundtrack (488 times), Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol (417) and Breathe Me by Sia (408). Amazing songs to write to.
10. If I was on the cover of US Weekly, my headline would read: It would have a picture akin to that enigmatic Big Foot snapshot and the headline would read, "Crazed Writer Spotted Away from Computer."
11. The three books that make me think of my childhood: Where the Wild Things Are, Are You There God it's Me, Margaret and Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
12. My favorite Chick Flick: Love Actually
13. My favorite Chick Lit book: Getting Over It by Anna Maxted
14. My "must see" TV: Spaced (BBC Series)
15. My Starbucks order: Venti Americano with room
16. My favorite curse word: MotherF*cking Cocksucker (can I say that???)
17. My celebrity man crush: Seth Meyers
18. My celebrity girl crush: Maggie Gyllenhaal
19. My writer crush: Michael Connelly
20. My last meal before execution: In N Out Burger (Grilled cheese with tomato and ketchup only, fries and a root beer)
21. Three words to summarize my book: Family on Edge
22. It took me _____ to write my book. A year? I don't know - I have no concept of time
23. My book's original title: Chasing Grace
24. Right now, I'm working on: Book Four - and loving it.
25. Chick Lit is alive & kicking because: It was never dead to begin with. Stories about women are always going to be relevant.
To read more about the faboosh Liza Palmer, head on over to her very cool website at www.lizapalmer.com.
xoxo, Liz & Lisa