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Author event and giveaway: Jen Lancaster

February 3, 2013

Jen Lancaster

Jen Lancaster was recently in town for a Book Your Lunch event, hosted by Fiction Addiction, and it was so much fun!  Jen has always loved to write and used to read a lot of essays as a kid – Erma Bombeck was a favorite.  She wanted to study journalism in college but her father persuaded her not to.  After Jen was rejected for a cashiering job because she was overqualified, she started her “bitter” web site and hasn’t looked back.  Since 2006, she’s sold over a million books!  Because so much of Jen’s life is out there in her books, she answered her most frequently asked questions as only she can!  If laughter is the best medicine, I got a healthy dose of it at her event.  Some of the highlights of her talk were:

  • Jen’s first novel, IF YOU WERE HERE, was well received by new readers but fans of her memoirs were confused – they thought it was about her and couldn’t figure out why she changed her name in the book.    She really wants her career as a writer to be in fiction.
  • She got the idea for HERE I GO AGAIN when her husband was planning his high school reunion.  She added time travel so people would know it wasn’t about her.
  • Everyday life inspires Jen.  She claims to be unbelievably nosy and says she pays attention.
  • Jen says she lacks the “shame gene.”  She said she has shame but isn’t smart enough to keep it to herself.
  • She said we should “never be afraid of being humble.”  She hopes her embarrassing stories make people feel better about their lives.

During the question and answer portion we learned:

  • Jen does not miss living in the city and has been more productive since she moved.
  • She has a new memoir, THE TAO OF MARTHA coming out in June.  There was some interest in making it into a TV show but right now it doesn’t look like that will happen.  Her next novel will be about sibling rivalry between two sisters.
  • Getting to know people is different since Jen has put her whole life out there in her memoirs.
  • Jen has never put anything in her books against anyone’s will.

Here I Go AgainI got Jen to autograph a copy of HERE I GO AGAIN (my review) for one lucky reader. (Wait until you see the fabulous cover that’s under the dust jacket!)  To enter to win an autographed copy of HERE I GO AGAIN, by Jen Lancaster, simply fill out this entry form.  Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please.  I will use to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Thursday, February 14, 2013.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2013 5:57 am

    Fiction Addiction sounds like a great bookstore! I was planning on going to a book launch (different author) on Tuesday night, but was starting to wonder if I want to trek all the way into the city on public transportation on a work night, etc. A book lunch sounds like more fun!

  2. February 3, 2013 6:07 am

    Sounds like a fun event, Kathy. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  3. February 3, 2013 6:32 am

    That is so funny that she had to add time travel so people would know it was fiction! But wait, you mean real people can’t time travel?

  4. February 3, 2013 7:03 am

    You always go to such fun book things 🙂

  5. February 3, 2013 8:45 am

    I once tried a Lancaster memoir but I couldn’t quite get into it. I can imagine that her tone of writing will work really well for fiction. I will have to check this.

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    February 3, 2013 9:25 am

    Aw that was awesome. I soooo want to read some of her work now. Thank you for all the notes. I loved reading them.

  7. February 3, 2013 10:04 am

    I envy all these author events that you have. I keep meaning to check out one of her books.

  8. February 3, 2013 10:56 am

    This made me laugh out loud –> “Jen says she lacks the “shame gene.” She said she has shame but isn’t smart enough to keep it to herself.”

  9. February 3, 2013 1:02 pm

    Great post and giveaway. Jen Lancaster’s book sounds good.

  10. February 3, 2013 1:31 pm

    I read Bitter is the new Black but it really wasn’t me and I couldn’t imagine reading more of her books to possibly continue not to like them, seems to much more personal to not like, and I don’t want to be shameless.

    Sounds like fun though Kathy

  11. Patty permalink
    February 3, 2013 2:09 pm

    Yummy.. I really want to read this…she sounds like a hoot!

  12. February 3, 2013 5:27 pm

    Thanks so much for this chance to win. I need a fun read!

  13. lab1990 permalink
    February 3, 2013 8:17 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m glad you had a great time at the event- she sounds like a wonderful person to see live. I love authors like that! I want to read this book; sounds great. I still need to read some of her memoirs but I want too.

    Lauren from

  14. February 3, 2013 9:44 pm

    I really wanted to attend this Book Your Lunch when I saw it on the Fiction Addiction newsletter ~ she sounds like such a hoot! Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway!

  15. February 4, 2013 12:32 am

    Sounds like a great event! She came to Kansas City to promote If You Were Here and it was a lot of fun. How funny that people thought it was about her and she had to add time travel the new book to keep people from getting confused. I think the inside cover of this book is the prettiest I’ve ever seen – whoever designed it did a fabulous job.

  16. February 4, 2013 10:47 am

    This book has been on my radar, and Jen sounds like such a fun guest for Book Your Lunch! Great recap of the event. I’m so bad at taking notes at author panels. Thanks for the giveaway! *crosses fingers*

  17. bookingmama permalink
    February 4, 2013 1:45 pm

    I am so ready to read this one. Just need to get a few out of the way first.

  18. February 4, 2013 9:22 pm

    Clever!…and I would love to hear more about how her life has changed and how people see her differently now that it is all out there in her memoirs. I am excited to read this new novel of hers.

  19. February 4, 2013 10:24 pm

    After reading your review of this book, I definitely would like to read it.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. February 7, 2013 11:58 am

    Oooh, I love Jen — how fun and interesting that you got to attend her event! I’ve read all of her memoirs but haven’t made the leap to her fiction just yet. Must do that soon!

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