Publish Date: March 25, 2013
Order Links: Amazon
Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.
Double Click is a follow up to Click: An Online Love Story, the modern epistolary novel that book bloggers and reviewers called hilarious, clever and full of fun. The book, 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.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?
I started writing Click: An Online Love Story after my husband and I married but before we had kids. Then I had to take a break from writing due to the rigors of motherhood. But I had always told myself – even as a little girl – that I would write a book one day. So, I made the commitment to finish the book. I wrote in the mornings while the girls were at school or at night after they went to sleep. I made it a goal to write – even if only for a half hour – every day.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your current release?
I had no idea there would be such a positive reaction to Click: An Online Love Story. For that, I’m so grateful. I received a tremendous amount of reader feedback asking if there would be a sequel, because the ending was left open. Due to the interest, I sat down and wrote the next chapter (or should I say chapters) in the lives of Renee and friends. If I had known a sequel would be written, I would have made it more clear in the book’s ending.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
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. 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.
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?
I like to write 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.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Like all writers, I’ve encountered my share of writer’s block. My solution: 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. ;)
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
Since Click was published, I’ve been asked numerous times when the sequel is coming out. It’s like 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 my second baby and I’m not ready to have third…not just yet.
Q. Please tell us your latest news.
Friends and fans can follow updates on the Click saga at this Facebook page.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A book blogger recently told me she was in “Shelley withdrawals.” It’s so gratifying to know I’ve created characters that people feel connected to and want to know better. I continue to be so grateful for the enthusiasm for these light and breezy stories. With each positive review and reader comment, I get more and more motivated to continue writing. So for that, I thank you all.