Lola Douglas's latest novel, More Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet, is a sequel to True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet, which has been turned into a Lifetime movie airing August 9th, at 9 p.m. Lola (or Lara as she is also known) will be blogging LIVE during the premiere of the Lifetime movie on 8/9 at 9 p.m. Definitely check it out!
Here's a quick summary of her newest book:
Just when Morgan Carter was falling in love with the simple life she'd built in Fort Wayne, Indiana, her true identity as an infamous Hollywood starlet was exposed. Now Morgan has a choice to make: return to her glamorous movie star existence--or stick with the wholesome life, and the new love, she's found in the Midwest. In this sequel to True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet, Lola Douglas's heartfelt prose and headstrong heroine return to delight readers.
Lola was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer some quick questions for me as part of the Girlfriend Cyber Circuit (GCC) tour:
In my debut novel, SISTERS OF MISERY, the main group of mean girls call themselves the Sisters of Misery since they take part in orientation rituals on
Do you (or did you ever) have a writing group? Who are the first people to read your book once it’s completed?
I’ve been fortunate to be part of two very wonderful – and very different – writing groups. The first consisted of classmates from the MFA program at
That group disbanded after a couple of years, mostly because all of us were on different pub schedules and had different needs. Now I work with a group of talented women locally. They actually all started as writing students of mine at a YMCA class. That was five years ago. Back then, I couldn’t get them to commit to writing three paragraphs for homework. These days they’re all working on novels. We call ourselves the WIPs, for Works In Progress.
I’m not private about first drafts, but I’m not eager to have a lot of eyes on them, either. My mom doesn’t get to read my stuff until the galley stage. My fiancé waits until publication.
What writers do you consider your “sisters”? Are there any published writers that you hang out or tour with a lot? Call? Email? IM?
Fellow GCC’er Laurie Stolarz and I started out in YA around the same time at
Who do you find yourself being compared to or are often put together with in reading lists or book clubs?
My Lola books have been compared to Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series, I guess because they’re funny and laden with pop culture references. Also, because of the subject matter, they’re often grouped with other books having to do with celebrity culture.
What writers do you wish would be in your “clique”? (It doesn’t have to be in your genre….doesn’t even have to be living! For example, I’d pick Alice Hoffman, Jodi Picoult, Sarah Dessen, Oscar Wilde, Stephenie Meyer, Meg Cabot, Stephen King and Joan Didion).
I’d want Sarah Dessen, E. Lockhart, and Meg Cabot, no question. Also Megan McCafferty, Jennifer Weiner, and Janet Evanovich. I know that last one seems a little out of place but every woman in my life is addicted to the Stephanie Plum series, and I got indoctrinated last spring. They are hilarious! Total mind candy.
Finally, what can you tell me about your book? Give me a quick run-down about why I’d want to pick it for my own book club.
MORE CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STARLET is my second installment in a series about Morgan Carter, who's loosely based on a young Drew Barrymore (and not Lindsay Lohan, as most readers assume). At 16, Morgan OD's outside of
So MORE CONFESSIONS picks up a month after Morgan's been outed and has decided to stay in
I've been a fan of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series since its inception, and I'd really wanted to try my hand at a diary format novel. So I tried to think of whose diary I'd want to read. Drew was the first person who popped into my mind. I chose
Both books are fun summer reads – you can even buy TRUE CONFESSIONS in a splash-proof paperback version!