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left_top interviewed eleven authors who write in the Christian Chick Lit genre --- Judy Baer, Tracey Bateman, Kristin Billerbeck, Lori Copeland, Penny Culliford, Sharon Dunn, Robin Jones Gunn, Neta Jackson, Annie Jones, Allie Pleiter, and Laura Jensen Walker. These talented writers discuss the essential elements of a Chick Lit novel, the differences between Christian Chick Lit and its secular counterpart, the scenes or characters they are especially proud to have written, and the impact that this genre (and its subgenres) can have on female readers.

Meet the Authors:


1. What makes a book Chick Lit?

2. What was the first Chick Lit book you read?

3. Who do you think is the audience for Chick Lit?

4. Does Chick Lit have to be funny to work? Explain.

5. Is there a Chick Lit formula, or certain "must haves"?

6. Fashion and beauty magazines --- and in fact, our entire culture --- surround women with images that often make them feel they are inferior. Do you think that Chick Lit, where women admit failure and address body issues and make mistakes, allows women to feel better about themselves? Explain.

7. Do you have a personal mission in writing Christian Chick Lit? If so, can you share more about that with us?

8. Tell us about a scene or a character in one of your books that you are particularly proud of.

9. Do you find it difficult to combine the right amounts of entertainment and humor with your spiritual message?

10. Do you think Christian Chick Lit books have a chance to cross over to the mainstream Chick Lit audience? Why or why not?

11. Other than the lack of sex, drinking and cursing, how is Christian Chick Lit different from its secular counterpart?

12. Do the constraints on explicit sex force Christian Chick Lit authors to be more creative? How?

13. What are the differences between "Chick Lit," "Mom Lit," "Lady Lit" and "Lad Lit"? Do you think some of these subgenres will endure more than others? Why?

14. What is the greatest challenge for you in writing Chick Lit? Is this challenge unique to the genre or something you've faced in writing other genres as well?

15. Can you share a story about a reader who wrote or spoke with you about your Chick Lit writing?

16. What are you working on now, and when can readers expect to see it?

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