This week we featured a review of the first chapter of Isabella Louise Anderson’s new book, Khloe’s Flower Shop, a novel she recently finished during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Today we’re excited to share an exclusive interview with the Chick Lit Goddess herself.
First thing’s first – the question on everyone’s mind: what’s your favorite wine?
As a huge wine lover, this is such a hard question! Hmm, I guess I’d have to say Cabernet Silver Oak. While it can be expensive, it’s well worth it.
Where’s the best tasting you’ve ever done, or winery you’ve ever toured?
I’ve never toured a wine vineyard, but I’m hoping to when my husband and I go to California in June. However, I do frequent Max’s Wine Dive here in Dallas as much as I can to try new wines. I love how they give their guests free samples.
The main character, Khloe, reminds me many classic chick lit heroines. Is Khloe based on anyone in your life?
No, but I’d love to know someone like her. She seems like the type of easy-going friend I’d love to have.
Where did you get Khloe’s name?
I’m one who stresses about characters names, so I find it helpful to look through my US Weekly magazine for celebrity’s names. It just happened that my favorite Kardashian was on the cover when I started writing “Khloe’s Flower Shop”.
The descriptions of the flowers in this novel are luscious. Do you have a background as a florist? How did you come up with the idea?
I don’t have any experience as a florist, but I’ve wanted to own a flower shop, which is where I got the idea from for this storyline. I love flowers—circus roses (the yellow ones with the orangey/red tips), gardenias, firespikes, and lilies…my list could go on and on! Also, it’d definitely be interesting to see what messages the clients would want written on the cards.
Is this your first novel?
No, this isn’t my first novel. I’m self-publishing my first one soon, which is titled “The Right Design”.
Is this your first time doing NaNoWriMo?
No, this is my second. I wrote “The Right Design” in 2011 in 30 days during NaNoWriMo the first time. In 2013, I wrote “Khloe’s Flower Shop” in 17 days. If my husband hadn’t have challenged me to write 3,000 words a day, I wouldn’t have experienced such euphoria at completing this book. My days and nights were a little bit crazy, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
If this were turned into a movie, who would you pick to star as Khloe?
I’d love for Amy Adams to play the part of Khloe. She’s a redhead, bubbly, cute, and seems easy to love—all the things that resemble Khloe.
When did you start Chick Lit Goddess? How did the blog begin?
I created Chick Lit Goddess in 2009, planning to use it as a personal blog, but it quickly turned it into more than that. I had a lot of inspiration from my favorite chick lit website, Chick Lit Plus. Soon, I started featuring reviews, authors, and their books of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Comedies, and Women’s Fiction! I’m overwhelmed by the love and support of my of my Chick Lit Goddess site. When I created the name Chick Lit Goddess, I didn’t realize I’d created a brand for my books and myself. I’m planning on launching my other website, www.IsabellaLouiseAnderson.com, soon.
Who is your favorite chick lit author?
I’ve had the pleasure of reading books by so many brilliant authors, but my all-time favorite chick lit author is, and will always be, Emily Giffin.
What was the first chick lit book you ever read?
Hmm, I believe it was Emily Giffin’s “Something Borrowed”.