Write What You Love
by Talli Roland, the London-based author of The Hating Game and Watching Willow Watts
What does it mean to be a debut chick-lit writer? In a word: everything. It’s better than cupcakes, chocolate, and yes . . . even better than wine!
Like many writers, I studied English Literature at school, slogging my way through the great tomes and flying through authors such as Sophie Kinsella in my down time. I was supposed to be awed by the mastery of the world’s greatest writers, but instead I was just counting the minutes until I could get back to my chick lit.
Chick lit can be fluffy and fun, sweetness and light; all those wonderful things that make it so entertaining. But it can also take on more serious issues with wit and understanding. From kick-ass heroines conquering the world to warm, emotional storylines, it tackles a wide range of topics relevant to women – and men. Between the pastel covers lies some seriously good writing by authors I’d pit against Dickens any day.
When I sat down three years ago to write my first book, there was never any doubt what genre it would be! Six novels (and a lot of learning) later, I’m thrilled to be part of the legion of chick-lit writers whose novels have been so inspirational to me. My first book, The Hating Game – about a man-eating woman who goes on a reality TV show and discovers all the other contestants are her exes – was published by Prospera Publishing earlier this year.
My second novel, Watching Willow Watts – featuring a country girl who becomes an overnight YouTube sensation – is due out later this year.
If I could say one thing to aspiring writers, it would be this: write what you love! If you enjoy what you’re doing, all the inevitable hardships along the way won’t dishearten you. Just keeping writing – and having fun.