Author Interview & Book Giveaway: CHICKtionary by Anna Lefler

Welcome to Author Anna Lefler.


Anna Lefler is an award-winning writer and humorist whose work has appeared online at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Big Jewel, Funny Not Slutty, and My Pheme, among others, while her essays on modern motherhood have been nationally syndicated. She is the author of the comic novel ACT BUSY and recently completed her second, DOING TIME IN THE GARDEN OF HAPPINESS.
Anna has performed standup comedy in Los Angeles clubs including the Hollywood Improv, the Comedy Store, Room 5 Lounge, and M Bar. She has presented her humorous essays at Women Who Write in Los Angeles and has appeared in the “Listen to Your Mother” show in the Los Angeles cast of its national program. Anna’s fiction has been presented onstage by WordTheatre Los Angeles.
Anna writes a popular humor blog called Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder, where she ponders what a Jedi smells like and wonders why more men don’t wear urban sport kilts. She has twice been asked to speak on the topic of comedy-writing at BlogHer, the world’s largest conference for women in social media.
She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband, their son and daughter, and some judgmental dogs.

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If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Okay, the overriding question here is – do I have to cook? Or can I order in? Because if I have to cook, I’m going to need to invite five people with really low standards. (As in, Better luck next time, Picasso.)

What is one book everyone should read?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
I would be “The Bouffant of Justice.” I would have HUGE hair and carry my weapons in a patent leather handbag.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The power to blow dry my hair the way the stylists do it so I always look like I just walked out of a salon.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
My true favorite: a Belgian waffle the size of a manhole cover. My realistic favorite: scrambled eggs with salsa and sliced avocado on top. And coffee. Buckets of coffee.

Night owl, or early bird?
Pre-children, I was a night owl. Since becoming a mom, however, I seem to keep the same hours as the Navy Seals. I have a feeling that’s set in stone now.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I believe you should read my book because the best weapon against the seriousness that seems to surround us all…is absolute silliness.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
My agent is shopping my comic novel, and I’m fleshing out concepts for two more nonfiction books. The CHICKtionary is my debut book and I’m doing my best to fully experience this first time around and not miss a moment of the adventure.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
So far, the most rewarding experience has been seeing people I don’t know converse via Twitter about how much they love the book. It’s such a lovely feeling to know that I’ve cracked up complete strangers in other states.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Hands down. I still adore this book and read it on a regular basis. I think it’s genius.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters
“I Enjoy Being a Girl” by Rodgers and Hammerstein from their musical “Flower Drum Song” (performed here by Peggy Lee) I think it captures the spirit of The CHICKtionary quite nicely.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Do your best to grow hard on the outside – you’re going to need it. Do your best not to grow hard on the inside – you’re going to need that even more.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Morgan Freeman, because I think he would put an entirely new spin on a story I already know.

Hidden talent?
I’ve always been really good at throwing things, and I can throw a football in a perfect spiral. I’m not sure how, exactly, but I know that one day this is going to pay off, big-time.

What was your favorite children’s book?
My favorite book to read to my children was The Lion and the Little Red Bird by Elisa Kleven. I absolutely adore it.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
I’d be a seagull because, let’s face it, I love hot dogs and French fries.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin, because he is my creative hero and that book is my favorite of his works of fiction.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Leather pants and a matching leather hat.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
You’re Nothing Like I Expected!

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I had a brief but very satisfying nervous breakdown.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching “The Bodyguard” while sprawled in a recliner and eating Junior Mints.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
“The Knife Show.” It is my forbidden love.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
…A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. In my opinion, this book has it all. It makes me laugh out loud every time I read it AND there are parts of it I don’t understand, which makes me suspect that it’s smart. (Bonus!)

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Isaac Asimov. *snort* Okay, I knew I wouldn’t be able to say that with a straight face.


Your bestie, biffle, and GMF rolled into one!
You’re all over the definitions of “low lights,” “ruching,” and a “tankini.” But can you spot a “Mrs. Potato Head” when you see one?
That’s where The CHICKtionary comes in. The CHICKtionary is a humorous dictionary of the words and phrases women use—and what they really mean when they use them. The book corrals more than 450 terms, including some you know (uterus) and some you might not (flexting), and defines each from the perspective of a typical contemporary woman—a woman who avoids accidental pageant hair, is frenemies with her robotic vacuum and only occasionally relies on her high-waisted jeans to hold up her strapless bra.

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