Monday, June 22, 2009

Guest blog and book giveaway: Dan Begley

We've got such a treat today! I'm introducing you to a brand new author on the chick lit scene. Smart and funny, just like all of the chick lit authors you've come to know and love, but this author is a bit different: he's a man!


Yes, today we've got award winning writer and professor Dan Begley here to chat. His debut novel, MS. TAKEN IDENTITY, comes out today, and it's a fabulous read. I was asked to blurb this book, and I really loved it. It's a clever and funny story about learning who you really are and what's important in life.

And what's even more exciting is that Dan will be giving away not just one, but TWO signed copies of the book! Deets on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

So, without further ado, I give you our guest blogger for today, Dan Begley:


Man! I Feel Like a Woman

When I was a boy, I wanted to be a pro football quarterback. As a teen, my obsession was basketball and the Boston Celtics. In college (when I realized I’d stopped growing and wouldn’t be 6’9”), my interests turned to hockey. So naturally, now that I’m getting a novel published, my chosen genre is…chick lit.

Pardon?

Actually, chick lit and I go back a long way. I read my first chick lit novel when I was in college. I was taking an English Lit survey class, and we were reading Dickens and Joyce and Orwell, among others. Then the professor, a rather staid gentleman, assigned the chick lit novel, unabashedly praising it as one of the best books ever written. Of course, he didn’t use the term “chick lit”; he called it by another name.

Pride and Prejudice.

Yes, that one.


Maybe you’ve read it. Or seen the movie with Keira Knightley (my wife could watch it daily). Or the miniseries with Colin Firth. Or read Helen Fielding’s modern take: Bridget Jones’s Diary. The connection between chick lit and Austen is inescapable. Google the two: 130,000 results.


It seems that Ms. Austen tapped into something both universal and timeless in her delightful novel: romance, fashion, and Love, and the silly things it makes us say and do and feel. In a nutshell, that’s what P and P is about. And, as far as I can tell, that’s what chick lit is about.


Now, I’ve only written one book in the genre, so I’m no expert. There are many other far more talented and insightful (and attractive) practitioners—I won’t name names, but you know these good ladies’ names—and they would be far more qualified to tell you what it is and isn’t.


As for me, I just wanted to write a story about a guy who starts off with his own pride and prejudice about the genre, about the people who read it, and about life itself. He’s not a bad guy; he just has a blind spot. Okay, blind spots. And huge ones.


But in the end, he just wants what every single woman in every single chick lit novel wants: To love, and be loved.


Come to think of it, that’s what we all want, isn’t it? I know I do. And thanks to my wife Robin, I have it.


I’m not sure how women who enjoy chick lit (or women in general) will take to my novel. They may think that it’s making fun of them. If you stop reading after page forty, I can see how you’d think that. But if you hang in there, I think you’ll find that the book is saying something else, entirely.


After all, that’s my name on the cover of a chick lit novel.


And I couldn’t be more proud.



Thanks so much for stopping by, Dan! That post totally makes me want to read your book again!

To enter to win a copy of MS. TAKEN IDENTITY, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post. To get another entry, blog about it! OR, to get yet another entry, email five of your friends about this contest (and cc me on the email so that I can account for your extra entry- brenda[at]brendajanowitz[dot]com).

The lucky winners will be announced on July 6th.



70 comments:

MJ said...

This sounds cute. Please count me in.

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drey said...

Me! Me! =)

(thank you!)

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Nancy Luckhurst said...

Wow, Dan, you are a brave man! I would love to read your book and see a guy's take on chick lit.

I agree with your wife; I could watch Pride and Prejudice daily too. :)

TiredMom said...

Would love to read this--please enter me in the drawing

Just Margaret said...

I'm game! I'm actually not too picky about my author's gender--good reading is good reading!

And, of course, the cover makes me giggle!!

damfinogal said...

Wow, I'm really curious to read this one!!

Kathryn said...

Hello Brenda,

This sounds like JUST the book for me. I cannot wait to read it.........

Kristen said...

Sounds great! I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I <3 chick lit!

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sphinx63 said...

Sounds like a fun read. As a fan of P&P, any man that reads it and doesn't run screaming is an interesting person! Thanks for the chance.

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Mitzy said...

wow this sounds great! I love his lil mini bio about his past haha

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Vikki Marx said...

With a fun cover like that, it's already captured my interest.

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Haley said...

This sounds like a must read! I am very excited to get it!

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Please enter me in your giveaway.
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Upper West Side Writer said...

The book sounds great--I'd love to win it! Thanks!

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Wendy said...

Hi, Dan!

Ms.Taken Identity sounds like a really funny chick lit and I can't wait to read it. :)

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I've read some great reviews of this book. I can't believe it's chick lit by man - how interesting! I'd love to be included!

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Susan said...

This sounds like a fun read. Thanks!

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I would love to read this!

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Alicia said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda - I'd love to win a copy of Dan's new chik lit book.
It sounds like a fun read.
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Mia J. said...

Sounds like a good read. I would love to win it.

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Kelly said...

Yayyyy, new chick lit! I'd love to read it from a guy's perspective. What fun! :)

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Brooke said...

Kudos to Dan... He reminds me of all the women that had to write under mens names to even get published why back when... Only he is admitting to being a gentlemen.. I would love a chance to get a signed copy...

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Everyone have a great week!

Mishia said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks

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Aramena said...

Kudos to you Mr. Begley! It's wonderful to hear a man talk positively about a much maligned genre!

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