Meredith Schorr – Author Interview

Today I’m delighted to welcome Meredith Schorr to Me, My Books and I:

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A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After trying her hand writing children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing “real” chick lit for real women.  When Meredith is not hard at work on her current work in progress, she spends her days as a trademark paralegal.  Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner.  Blogger Girl is her third novel.

To find out more:

Website | Twitter @MeredithSchorr | Facebook

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Hi Meredith,

Where did the idea for Blogger Girl come from?

Honestly, I’m not sure! I had started writing what I thought would be my third novel but was not feeling it. I had a brief meltdown that I would not be able to come up with another idea and then out of nowhere, the idea for Blogger Girl came to me while walking home from my day job. I was probably thinking about all of the review requests I had to make for my last book, A State of Jane, and had book bloggers on the brain.

Who was your favourite character to write and why?

I loved writing the character of Kim. I’ve always secretly wished I could be a book blogger. I’m an avid reader and have an opinion on everything.  I also love reading almost as much as I love writing. Unfortunately, between writing and promoting my own books, the day job and trying to maintain some semblance of a life, taking on the responsibility would be way too much work.  Additionally, as an author myself, I know how much negative reviews sting and so I only post reviews for books I enjoyed. I couldn’t really do that if I was a book blogger. While writing the character of Kim, I got to live vicariously.  And her love interest was pretty sexy too!

If Blogger Girl was made into a movie who would you like to play the lead roles?

Kim: Isla Fisher; BFF Bridget: Blake Lively (as a redhead); Her nemesis Hannah: Krysten Ritter; Love interest Nicholas: Rodrigo Santoro; and ex boyfriend Jonathan: Adam Brody.

If you had to write it all over again, would you change anything? 

I don’t think I would change anything about the plot.  I assume that my writing skills will continue to improve with more practice and so in a few years, give me a chance to edit and we’ll see what I can do!

What makes Blogger Girl stand out from the crowd?

I think the plot of Blogger Girl is very fresh and in tune with the way books are marketed these days. Authors are more likely to go on virtual tours of their books rather than actually touring the country doing signings. Blogging in general is a big part of the way people communicate these days and book bloggers in particular are very responsible for exposing people to new books. Usually bloggers spotlight authors on their websites with interviews, guest posts etc. and I think people will find it fun to read from the perspective of the blogger and let her take center stage.

Why did you choose to write in your particular genre? 

For one thing, it is the genre I most like to read.  I am my own target audience.  Additionally, I think my voice lends itself to light, breezy stories. I’ve tried to write more angsty romance and serious women’s fiction but someone always falls down a flight of stairs or does something otherwise silly and I’m back to chick lit.

Do you think your writing style has changed since your first book?

I don’t think my writing style has changed, but my writing ability has definitely improved.  I had the opportunity to make some tweaks to my first novel recently and was very happy about it.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you let them influence your writing? 

I do read my reviews.  Perhaps if I ever become a best selling author with upwards of thousands of reviews, I will stop but currently, I read each and every one. I wouldn’t say I let negative reviews influence my writing but they definitely have an effect on my mood! If a negative review says something constructive, I will absolutely take it into account but if it attacks things that were inherent to the story, for example, “I didn’t like the main character”, there is nothing I can do about that.

Do you have any amusing writing/promoting stories to share with us?

My friend Megan had book marks made for my 2nd novel, A State of Jane. My friends made me a party for the release of the book and reserved a portion of a bar. We all got pretty tipsy and some of my more outgoing (and drunk) friends began walking around the entire bar handing out the book marks to everyone and I mean, everyone. I had strangers come over and ask to take pictures with me as if I was a famous author. It was pretty cool! And slightly embarrassing since I’m far from famous. Oh, and I wrote most of A State of Jane on a Blackberry. People seem to think that’s an interesting fact.

FUN QUESTIONS

Paperback or eBook?

If you asked me three years ago, I would say “paperback” but I’ve converted to the eBook.  I find it so much easier to read on one and I can fit hundreds of books on one device – so much lighter!

Heels or flats?

Heels – not too high because I’m kind of a klutz but high enough to flatter my legs.

Vanilla or chocolate?

Vanilla

Snow or sun?

Sun

Dogs or cats?

Dogs

Any last words for your readers?

I hope that if you take a chance on Blogger Girl, you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it because, let me tell you, I had a blast with this book.  Even editing was fun.  I’d also like to say that I don’t intend for my books to change anyone’s life.  I just hope that they provide several hours of escape from real life and elicit smiles and laughs.

Thank you so much for being here today Meredith, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed reading about your friends promoting techniques at the release party :).

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Now check out the book:

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“What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.”

Blogger Girl is available now and can be purchased from:

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Barnes and Noble