For those who don’t know me, I’m an author of romantic comedies and chicklit mysteries. In myÂ spare time, I’m Wonder Woman! (Complete with a new, updated pair of knickers!)Â
I’d like to thank the fabulicious Coffee Time Romance & More for hosting me today. I’m going to do a few posts with giveaways so stay tuned…
My name is Sibel Hodge and Iâ€™m a chicklit author!
I was standing up when I said that so should I duck now and wait for the squidgy tomatoes to be thrown at me? For some reason, there are still a lot of chicklit-haters out there! Why? Havenâ€™t got a clue, to be honest, because if you think about it, chicklit has been around for years. Just look at Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! It was possibly one the first romantic comedies – yep, thatâ€™s right, Jane Austen wrote chicklit!
And since chicklit and fun go hand in hand, I thought Iâ€™d show you my take on how Girls Wanna Have Fun with this amazing genre!
May was the inaugural International Chicklit Month, and I had the pleasure of hosting a fabtastic giveaway of chicklit books on my blog. All people had to do to enter was leave a comment saying exactly what they love about chicklit. And this is where the fun part comes in!
Here are a few quotes from the comments:
â€œI can be sitting here reading a book, laughing out loud, snickering, and more, and I could try to explain to my hubby what is so funny, and he just doesn’t get it!!!â€
â€œWhy do I like chick lit? Because it offers realistic characters, intriguing settings, and often, a good dose of humorâ€
â€œReading a chicklit novel is like having a gossip session with a girl friend, and that is a guilty pleasure we all need to have once in a while.â€
â€œWhy do I read chick lit? Because chick lit is fun 🙂 A light reading which makes you smile and sometimes upsetâ€
â€œRather like having an enormous box of chocolates that I can dip into at will – or even scoff the lot with no guilt feelings.â€
â€œ We all need a bit of light hearted fun in our lives! There is nothing wrong with a bit of daydreaming. This is why I like chicklit :o) xxâ€
â€œI especially enjoy reading about strong women who make their way in men’s professions and have fun while their at it.â€
â€œOther times I’m laughing my face off enjoying the great adventures and interesting situations that some of the characters get themselves into.â€
â€œWhat I love about it is the attitude, that it’s all about a woman’s journey, but more in a fun, personal way than say women’s fictionâ€
â€œIt is fun, light hearted escapismâ€
Notice the common theme in all of them? Yes, the F word (no, not THAT F word!) – Fun!
So what exactly is chicklit?
Well, the chicklit genre is so diverse, encompassing all the issues that modern women face. And itâ€™s so much more than killer-shoes and pink covers! It can be sad, happy, kick-ass, fun, comic, scary, inspiring, heart-warming, intriguing, romantic, raunchy, sassy, full of attitude, quirky, tear-jerking. It covers real problems that women go through on a daily basis so it can never die!
But I think the main theme of chicklit is that it often contains humor, sarcasm, wit, and a fantabulous dose of fun. They are also often told in a more personal and confiding tone. Imagine having a natter with your best mate while indulging in a big dose of chocolate. Think of it as a calorie free indulgence! And these are the things that set it apart from purely romance or womenâ€™s fiction.
Nowadays there are sub genres such as mommy lit, mystery lit, even lad lit! So whatever type of story youâ€™re looking for there will be loads of chicklit books to suit you.
Authors in the chicklit genre include people like Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, Beth Orsoff, LC Evans. Oh, yeah, and little old moi!
Now, I always say that life is about living, laughing, and having fun. What better way to de-stress from our hectic lives? Iâ€™ve always loved making people laugh and thatâ€™s why I write chicklit.
So girls, if you do wanna have funâ€¦reach for the chicklit!
I’m going to give away an ebook copy of my fun romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later to one fab person who comments on this post.
About Fourteen Days Later…
“This story was impossible for me to put down” – Coffee Time Romance & More.
Fourteen Days Later was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones.
When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into the pocket of her boyfriendâ€™s best work trousers, itâ€™s time for her to move on. His excuse that he needed to dust the photocopier and just thought that it was a rag sounds like a lame excuse. Helenâ€™s life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge.
Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question. The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Aysheâ€™s brother, Kalem.
How will Kalem and Helen get together when sheâ€™s too foolish to realize that she loves him? How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend? How will Kalemâ€™s Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out?
Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?
All my novels are available in paperback and all ebook formats. For more info, please check out Â my website
Let the fun begin! xx
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Sibel Hodge is the Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author of Fourteen Days Later and Money, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mystery). She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she’s Wonder Woman! When she’s not out saving the world from dastardly demons she writes an eclectic mix of romantic comedies, mysteries, thrillers, children’s books, and non fiction. Her other books include My Perfect Wedding, The Baby Trap, Fashion, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mystery), Voodoo, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mystery), Chocolate, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mystery), The See-Through Leopard, How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men’s Room (and other short stories), It’s a Catastrophe, Healing Meditations for Surviving Grief and Loss, A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey, and A Gluten Free Soup Opera.
Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, and Winner of Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.