Thursday, April 3, 2008

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME by Lisa Daily

Got the book and the press material on this first novel by columnist and dating coach Lisa Daily, and although I haven't finished it yet, I can already tell it's going to be a fun read! Looks like the press agrees, too:

USA WEEKEND columnist Dennie Hughes said, "I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I cheered. Fifteen Minutes of Shame is a dream of a read."

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY said,"delivers some surprising depth and a heroine with heart to root for."

PINK MAGAZINE said, "memorable and wickedly funny"


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Here's a bit about Lisa: Lisa Daily is a real-life TV dating expert on DAYTIME, a nationally-syndicated morning show, and bestselling author of Stop Getting Dumped!She's a syndicated relationships columist, popular media guest seen everywhere from Entertainment Tonight to iVillage Live and quoted everywhere from USA Today to Cosmopolitan, and appears as a real-life "date doctor" on the HITCH movie DVD starring Will Smith. For more information on Lisa, www.lisadaily.com





As for the book ...


What happens when America’s favorite dating expert finds out on national television that her husband is cheating on her? Darby Vaughn’s fifteen minutes of fame quickly becomes fifteen minutes of shame when the story of her divorce is splashed across supermarket tabloids. If Darby takes her philandering husband back, her career will be over. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose the only man she’s ever loved. As she rebuilds her life with help from her girlfriends, Darby has to make some tough choices, but she stays true to her heart every step of the way.



And Lisa was kind enough to answer my "touring author questions" -

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL “WRITING DAY”?

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I usually had down to Siesta Key beach with my laptop and work until my battery dies. I’m hoping the Law of Attraction will kick in soon and I’ll be able to afford a house on one of the Keys. I am grateful that I get to write at the beach…The rest of the week, I start writing at 9 (after the kids go to school,) and I’m done by 3 (when it’s time to pick up the kids.) On Fridays I do the TV show, so I usually don’t get much writing done. If I were a hermit, I’d work all night and sleep till noon.


DO YOU RECALL THE KERNEL OF INSPIRATION FOR THIS BOOK?

When my dating advice book, STOP GETTING DUMPED was released, a really prominent dating expert was going through a nasty divorce, and she was just getting creamed in the media. I was both terrified and completely sympathetic – I kept thinking how awful it would be to go through the worst time of your life with everyone in the world watching, commenting, laughing as you go down. I also thought it would make an interesting novel.


PICK A CHARACTER IN THE BOOK AND TELL US WHAT TRAIT YOU SHARE (OR COME CLOSEST TO SHARING) WITH THAT CHARACTER. I’m a lot like Darby, the main character. She’s a funny, somewhat klutzy dating expert who wants to see everybody get a little piece of happily ever after. The trait we share is that we both tend to trust our brains over our hearts.


IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND, WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A MAGICAL TRUNK THAT GAVE YOU LIMITLESS BOOKS TO READ, OR A LIMITLESS SUPPLY OF PAPER ON WHICH TO WRITE?


Tough choice. Paper (as long as I had something to write with) but it would break my heart not to have any books.


If you could throw in a cabana boy, a lounge chair and a magic daiquiri machine, I might change my answer.



BEER OR WINE? Wine. Champagne always feels like a celebration.


CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate, baby. With chocolate sauce and chocolate chips and chocolate sprinkles.


WHAT’S YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK?

So many, so many. I love different writers for different things. My favorite book of all time would be Pat Conroy’s Beach Music.





Happy reading!!

3 comments:

Cheryl said...

Great interview ladies. This book sounds awesome.

Cheryl

Lisa Daily said...

Thanks Cheryl!

And Julie, thanks so much for having me!

Best,

Lisa

Nancy the Romancechick said...

Just wanted to tell you my husband finished California Demon and wrote about it on his blog:

http://javaregex.com/wordpress/?p=99