The day has come, fellow readers and wine-lovers, to announce the winner of the first-ever Chick Lit & Wine contest! For those of you who missed it, a couple of months ago we started our first contest on Twitter to feature one of our lovely readers because – really – in the end it’s all about you.

My chat is with contest winner Jen Lane, author of “With Good Behavior“, “Bad Behavior” and (upcoming) “On Best Behavior”. I’d pair Jen’s interview with Freixenet Cordon Negro champagne. The contest winner was a mystery until Jen was revealed, like the sweet and bubbly champagne beneath Freixenet’s black casing.

Jen Lane, Chick Lit & Wine winner!

Syrah: What’s your favorite Chick Lit Novel?

Jen: I’d have to say “In Her Shoes” by Jennifer Weiner or “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. You can tell I’m close to my two older sisters from my choices.

When did you first get interested in Chick Lit?

I’ve been an avid reader all my life, and naturally I’m interested in women’s fiction. I like me some humor mixed in with my drama!

Who is your favorite Chick Lit author?

Jennifer Weiner. I enjoy following her tweets about The Bachelor.

What’s your favorite wine?

I’m not a wine connoiseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I like a red wine that’s not too dry. Recently I tried “Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Basco” at the wine shop and really enjoyed it–a red wine with a hint of sweetness. I do know I can’t stand Chardonnay. (Editor’s note – let’s hope she’s not talking about my co-blogger!)

Now more about you – what’s your favorite book that you wrote?

Well, I don’t have very many to choose from given that my second novel was just released! I guess my first published novel, “With Good Behavior”, would be my favorite.

What wine would you personally pair with it?

The best alcoholic beverage to pair it with would be tequila! (That makes sense if you’ve read the story). When I think of Sophie Taylor, a Pinot Grigio comes to mind–light and crisp. The best wine to represent Grant Madsen is one that starts subtle but packs a strong finish. Maybe a Merlot because he’s so smooth.

You had a book signing at a wine shop – how did that get started? Do you think the wine made it more successful?

Jen's book signing at local wine shop

The book signing at a wine shop was a big hit! My fellow Omnific Publishing author Nicki Elson told me she’d hosted a book signing at a wine shop, which made me consider a cute shop in Columbus, Ohio (where you can try 1, 3, or 5 ounces of different wines from dispensers) as the ideal setting. I had friends from book club, swimming, and work attend, and had the pleasure of meeting some new folks too. The wine was a nice way to get people talking and provided a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

What’s your favorite place to read?

I often do a lot of reading on my Nook while riding the exercise bike in my condo gym. I’m juggling two careers as psychologist and author so I have to multi-task to get much reading done. But I also love curling up on my sofa next to my cat Izzie.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on book three of The Conduct Series, titled “On Best Behavior”, which will continue the adventures of Grant and Sophie. If you’re feeling naughty, check out my blog to enter giveaways for The Conduct Series #2: “Bad Behavior”.

For all of you curious about Jen’s books, we’ll be doing a review here soon of “With Good Behavior“.

Keep your eye out for more upcoming Chick Lit & Wine contests and book giveaways!

♥ Syrah