CLASS OF 11 Talli Roland


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.

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2 Responses to CLASS OF 11 Talli Roland

  1. deniz says:

    Yay for chick lit Talli! I don’t see why one type of book should be held up over another – it’s all about the author’s and reader’s reactions, and what they learn/take away from each book, isn’t it?
    I do love writing romance [bg]

  2. Jo Schaffer says:

    I agree. It just flows better when it is something that you enjoy!
    I have learned to appreciate chick-lit. I didn’t read much of it until just the last few years. It is an enjoyable escape. I read a lot of heavy literature, non-fiction and mystery and fantasy (as a kid).
    I really liked The Hating Game and look forward to the release of your next book. (=

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