May is International Chick Lit Month! The ladies of Chick Lit Chat are celebrating with a week of festivities (see my previous post to enter our contest to win a Kindle and Amazon gift card!) Today we’re chatting with some of my main characters!
Chuck: Ha ha ha ha welcome, welcome everyone to Chatting With the Chicks of Chick Lit. I’m your host, Chuck Lottateeth, and I am so thrilled to be able to introduce you to some of the most fascinating characters in literature today. I’m talking about the leading ladies of chick lit—those enchanting, romantic, darling, sexy, sweet, funny, headstrong—and, let’s face it, sometimes downright frustrating—modern women who headline this fabulously fun genre. I’m sure you’re going to love getting the skinny on these “novel” heroines, and who knows? You might just find your new BFF on the pages of one of these books!
Without further ado, please put your hands together and show some love for today’s guests, the heroines of Jayne Denker’s small-town series!
Welcome the main character of the first Marsden novel, Down on Love: Georgiana (“George”) Down! Georgiana’s a blogger whose advice column/anti-relationship site, Down on Love, is really taking off, but she gets in over her head when she moves back to Marsden after being away most of her adult life.
Our second guest, from the second Marsden novel, Picture This: Celia Marshall! We first met Celia in Down on Love, as the former girlfriend of George’s crush from high school, Casey Bowen. In Picture This, she’s moved to New York City to be a photographer’s assistant, and she’s caught the eye of a bona fide movie star.
Our third guest, from the third Marsden novel, Lucky for You: Jordan Leigh! Celia’s younger—and much more troublesome—cousin, Jordan settles in Marsden for the first time since her family moved away when she was a child, and she’s got some baggage. Namely, an ankle monitor. She’s under house arrest, and is being babysat by straitlaced but sexy police officer Will Nash.
What a threesome we’ve got here! Let’s get started, shall we?
First question. This goes to Jordan, since she has to be rather particular about her choice of footwear, what with that ankle anchor and all…Jordan, if you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?
Jordan: Are you serious?
Celia: (hissing) Jordan! Be nice!
Jordan: But that’s a stupid—
George: A running shoe. I’d be a running shoe.
Jordan: To run away from Marsden?
George: I came back voluntarily, didn’t I? (to Chuck) I just like to be comfortable.
Celia: So do I. I’d be a fuzzy slipper.
Jordan: (snorting) No, you’d be a glass slipper, Cinderella.
Celia: And you? A steel-toed boot?
Jordan: Ooh yes. Perfect for kicking some ass.
Chuck: (chuckling) Some fine answers here! Let’s move on, shall we? You’re shipwrecked on a desert island. What are the three items you would absolutely need to have with you?
Celia: Oh, a good book, definitely. My camera, to take some beautiful photos of the flora and fauna and probably magnificent sunsets. Food and water to hold me over till I can flag down a passing ship or plane.
George: My laptop, to write about the experience. And a solar battery charger. That’s a thing, right? And matches. Don’t they always say to have matches?
Chuck: Jordan? How about you?
(Jordan studies her bitten nails.)
Chuck: Okay, next question. If you had only $15 to spend, what would be the perfect date? $50? $5,000?
Jordan: (perking up) A day at the arcade…dinner of pizza and beer…and…a quick getaway to an inhabited tropical island.
George: So you were listening! You do care!
(Jordan makes a face at George.)
Chuck: George? Celia? How about you?
George: (shrugging) Jordan’s ideas sound good to me.
Celia: Make it three.
Chuck: Moving on, then. Your best friend is asked to describe you in five words. What would they be?
(George and Jordan frown, confused.)
Celia: I have an idea! Let’s do each other. George, you’re driven, smart, strong, kind, and (smiles) a bit sarcastic.
Jordan: I’ve got cousin Celia. Goody-two-shoes, uh…tall…
George: (highly amused) You dropped the ball pretty quickly. Celia’s talented, good-hearted, and sweet too.
Jordan: You didn’t have to grow up with her.
Celia: Do Jordan, George. (to Chuck) She worked for George and Casey at their inn.
Jordan: Until George fired me.
George: Only because you totaled my car. And I forgave you. Eventually. I’d say you’re…challenging, funny, a little prickly—
Celia: A little?
George: —and, deep down, caring, and really, really nice. Deep down, mind you.
Jordan: (coloring a bit) I’ll allow it.
Chuck: Now the flip side. Your nemesis is also asked to describe you in five words. What would they be?
George: (laughing) Stubborn, stubborn, stubborn, stubborn, and…oh yeah. Stubborn.
Celia: Get that from Casey, did you?
George: How’d you guess?
Celia: You rejected him often enough, poor boy. Okay, I’d say I’m…hm…
Jordan: Forget it. You have no enemies. Everybody loves you.
Celia: We all love you too, Jordan.
Jordan: My “fans” say I’m blunt, obnoxious…
Celia: Antisocial at times…
Jordan: All right, all right. Let’s round it out with…hey, criminal! It’s legit—I have a record.
Chuck: Interesting segue to our last question. If you could be the heroine in any chick flick, who would it be and why?
Celia: Oh, I love chick flicks! Jordan, you could be Beca in Pitch Perfect. You look just like Anna Kendrick.
Jordan: But I can’t sing.
Celia: Okay, Mia from The Princess Diaries.
Jordan: I’m no princess.
Celia: But you do need some comportment lessons.
George: How about Miss Congeniality?
Jordan: Ha, so I’d be on the right side of the law for once!
George: With your squeeze, Officer Billy?
Jordan: You know he hates being called that, right?
George: (leering a bit) What else do you know about him that you should share with your friends?
Jordan: Stick to the question so we can get out of here.
Celia: George, you’d be Elle Woods from Legally Blonde.
George: Because of my hair? It’s more reddish.
Celia: Because you’re a badass, like Elle. Now, what about me?
George and Jordan: (immediately, in unison) Any Disney princess!
Chuck: I’m sensing a lot of love here, ladies! You’ve made our time very special. Marsden is a lucky town to have all three of you in it. And thanks for joining us, chick lit fans! If you want to read George’s, Celia’s, and Jordan’s stories, you can find out more here! Thanks for joining us, and good night!