Friday, June 6, 2014

Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke on their Upcoming Release: Your Perfect Life

I am beyond excited to have Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke on the blog today. Not only can I not wait to read Your Perfect Life, releasing from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster on June 10th, but they have been such a wonderful support to me since I published Finding Lucas.

I had, of course, heard of the blog, Chick Lit is Not Dead, long before my first book came out. It was one of the go-to sites for all things chick lit, which despite its baffling fall from grace, I read voraciously. And though I no longer write chick lit (let's call my next novels commercial women's fiction), I still devour it on my couch at night. They were always happy to help me promote, answer my questions, and simply be there for me. When I knew their debut novel was coming out, well, I had to have them on my blog. And here they are! Welcome, Liz and Lisa!

Photo Credit: Debbie Friedrich
And check out this gorgeous cover!

Two childhood best friends wake up the morning after their twentieth high school reunion to discover that they’ve switched bodies in this hilarious and heartwarming debut by two childhood best friends.

With “a delicious, page-turning premise, and sweet and surprising insights” (New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster), Your Perfect Life perfectly illustrates that old adage: Sometimes, you have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to see what’s in her heart.


Best friends since childhood, Casey and Rachel couldn’t lead more different lives. While workaholic Casey rubs elbows with celebrities daily as the host of Gossip TV and comes home nightly to an empty apartment, stay-at-home mom Rachel juggles an “oops” baby, two fiery teenagers, and a husband who barely seems the man she fell in love with two decades before. After an argument at their twentieth high school reunion, Casey and Rachel throw back shots to get the night back on track. Instead, they get a life-changing hangover.

Waking up in each other’s bodies the next morning, they must figure out how to navigate their altered realities. Rachel is forced to face the broadcasting dreams she gave up when she got pregnant in college, and Casey finally steps out of the spotlight to face the real reason why she’s alone. And they soon discover that they don’t know themselves—or their best friend—nearly as well as they thought they did.

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke bring their “witty, winning style” (Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Best of Us) to every page of this novel that is sure to please fans of In Her Shoes and The Opposite of Me. Your Perfect Life is a story of humor and heart about two best friends, what they didn’t know about each other, and how, by switching lives, each learns to appreciate her own.
Want to know more about their journey? Liz and Lisa have graciously answered some questions.
Sam: Why did you start the blog Chick Lit is Not Dead?
L&L: We started Chick Lit is Not Dead (now in 2009 to celebrate the authors we love so much. We wanted to have a platform to showcase not only our work but to also celebrate the writing of everyone from an up-and-coming author to one who had already been on the NYT bestseller list.
Sam: How did you feel about the incredible response to the blog?
L&L: We love our readers and are so thankful for them! We would not be where we are today without their support. Thank you!
Sam: Can you describe the experience and process of co-writing Your Perfect Life?
L&L: We each chose a narrative—Lisa wrote Rachel and Liz wrote Casey.  Although, by the time we’d finished editing we had no idea who had written what! And truth be told, with the exception of an email spat here and there, it was a pretty painless experience! We’ve come to know each other and ourselves so much better over the years, and that really helps.
Sam: What do you think made this book “the one”?
L&L: Great question!  We think this book was “the one” because we finally just wrote from our hearts. We penned the story we wanted to tell and then we found an editor and agent who wanted to listen! The feedback on our book has been exactly what we would have wanted—that the reader has related to our main characters, to wanting to know if the grass is really greener, to being curious about another person’s life. It has also made them want to celebrate their own friendships.  What more could we have asked for? We’re so excited for Your Perfect Life to come out June 10th and to hear more feedback! We hope you all love it as much as we do!
Sam: What advice would you give to self-published authors who dream of seeing their books on a shelf that isn’t in their own houses?
L&L: We would tell those authors that if they want to be traditionally published, to keep working at it—to continue to evolve as a writer. We really tried to take feedback we’d receive to heart, and felt as if that helped us improve as writers. And remember, talent and hard work are very important, but luck always seems to play a small part too. (It did for us!)  So keep working hard and eventually all the pieces should fall into place!
Liz and Lisa love to hear from their readers! Connect with them!
Buy Your Perfect Life!


  1. What a fantastic cover! And I love the idea of two authors collaborating on a novel, each writing one POV. Maybe you could offer to write Guest POVs for writers! Best of luck with your book.

  2. Such a fun read! I'm sure it's going to be a big hit! So exciting that release day is finally almost here!

  3. Smart idea: 2 authors for 2 POV. Love the theme of greener grass, too.

  4. I cannot wait for this book! If I'm MIA on June 10, it's cause I'm busy devouring Liz & Lisa's book.

  5. Love it! "Freaky Friday" for grownups. What a great concept to have two authors write it.