One of my favourite blogs that I've discovered recently is Chick Lit Central. It's dedicated to book reviews, author interviews, and tons of giveaways (open worldwide) for chick lit books and other women's fiction. Today I'm interviewing Melissa Amster, one of the main voices behind Chick Lit Central. Welcome, Melissa!
1. What was your inspiration to start blogging?
I wanted to connect with other chick lit readers and saw some amazing blogs that were doing interviews with authors. I liked that possibility and took off from there.
2. If you were stranded on an island, what 3 books would you bring with you?
That's like asking which of my kids I'd bring. I know She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb would definitely be in the pile. I love so many books and never take the time to re-read them because there are so many others out there to explore. But I would love to revisit She's Come Undone at some point down the road. I'd also want to bring two books I haven't read yet but have been meaning to check out. Probably big books if I were going to need to stay busy for a while. So maybe The Goldfinch would be one of them, since people have been recommending it a lot. Perhaps Hamilton: The Revolution since I'm obsessed with this musical and could just look at the pictures all day and then learn the lyrics to all the songs in the meantime.
3. What's your favourite chick flick?
Legally Blonde, When Harry Met Sally, While You Were Sleeping, Where the Heart is, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (I think they should revisit these characters in 2017.) The list could go on forever!
4.Being a mother is so busy! Where do you find time to read?
I work out in the morning before the kids get up and read during that time. Also while eating breakfast and on my lunch breaks most of the week. Shabbat is a great time to read since all electronics go off and the kids are big enough to keep each other entertained.
5. Have you ever written a novel? Or do you think you have one inside you?
No. I've written some short stories, including Babysitters Club fan fiction, over at my personal blog. I have a lot of novels inside of me but can't think of how to word them on paper (or screen, in this case).
6. What is your favourite book (fiction or non-fiction) about motherhood?
I don't read much non-fiction about motherhood. Fiction-wise, I loved Say Never by Janis Thomas. While the main character was actually an aunt, she got to see what motherhood was like when she had to take care of her niece and nephew for a week. It was hilarious and also heartfelt. The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel also looks at motherhood from a different angle, but very powerful nonetheless. In any case, there are a lot of great novels about motherhood out there, as it is a prevalent topic in chick lit and women's fiction these days.
Melissa Amster lives in Maryland (DC Metro area) with her husband, two sons and daughter. When she's not reading and interviewing authors, she works for a Jewish non-profit. In her spare time (what's that?!?), she likes to watch her favourite shows on TV, bake challah and desserts, and host meals and other gatherings. Check out her personal blog and follow her on Twitter. Then visit Chick Lit Central on Facebook and Twitter!