Jodi Lipper – Live Like a Hot Chick

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Live Like a Hot Chick is the third book in the “Hot Chick” book series, after How to Eat Like a Hot Chick and How To Love Like a Hot Chick. The premise of all three books is that a Hot Chick is a confident, empowered woman, no matter what age, shape or size she may be. The books teach women how to find the confidence to go after whatever it is they want in life, whether that’s a healthy relationship with food, a new relationship with a man, or a better balance in their lives between work and play.

Tell us something about yourself.

I have been writing and editing for a long time. In college (at Barnard/Columbia) I studied with many wonderful writers such as Frank Brady, Thomas Beller, and Mary Gordon, and after that I wrote and edited screenplays in LA for several years. I later returned to New York to work in publishing, and worked at Simon & Schuster with a number of bestselling authors, including Jodi Picoult, Brad Thor, and Vince Flynn. My work in publishing inspired me to begin taking my own writing more seriously, and in addition to the three Hot Chick books I do freelance writing and editing and am working on a novel. I also had a delicious baby girl three months ago, who is keeping me quite busy!

What inspired you to write this book?

Living in LA, I found myself falling prey to many of the same insecurities that plague most women – body image issues, feeling unworthy of a good relationship, etc. My co-author Cerina Vincent and I helped each other through these feelings and encouraged each other to approach our “heyday” with more confidence. Once we were able to embrace this new attitude, we wanted to share it with women everywhere. That’s how the entire series was born. This book in particular came from our own struggles to find balance between busy careers, family obligations, and time for ourselves.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

The idea of this book series is to help women through all phases of their lives, including their issues with food, relationships, career, family, friends, marriage, children, and beyond. We started with food in How to Eat Like a Hot Chick because most women’s self-esteem is closely connected to her relationship with food. From there, we are tackling each component of our lives that is likely to torment our fellow women.

I am also having a lot of fun working on a novel, which is a completely different type of writing, but equally rewarding.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

It is very important to have realistic expectations and go into this for the right reasons. People who want easy fame and fortune should think twice about trying to find that from publishing a book! It is a lot of work and the biggest rewards are not monetary, but rather the ability to reach people and even change people’s lives through your work.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Women who are so overwhelmed with life that they don’t feel like they have time for themselves, and who are eager to rediscover the sexy, powerful woman who is still alive inside of them!

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

At either www.heydayproductions.com or www.jodilipper.com