Five Questions for Author Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale, a contributor here at the exclusive Conversation, has just published her first book entitled Finding Mr. Righteous.  Many know Lisa from her years as executive director of CPAC, a job she handled admirably.  Lisa’s latest literary endeavor prompted me to sit down and ask  email her five questions about her book and her worldview.  I have already read Lisa’s book and highly recommend it. She is a gifted writer and her story is compelling.

Why did you decide to write a “Chick-lit” book rather than a “political” book?

I wanted to write a book that would be of interest to those who aren’t politically engaged.  There are plenty of people who can write political books better than I could, so I wanted to do something different and write a Chick-lit book with a meaningful message.  Finding Mr. Righteous is very personal story, one that I hope many people will identify with and learn from.
Some people say that a career woman is intimidating to men looking for a mate. What do you think about that?
There are probably guys who are intimidated by women who are successful in their careers. I suppose it works out because many women are not attracted to men who are easily intimidated.  However, men shouldn’t judge women by their current ambitions.  Even though I’ve been working in the movement for 15 years in upper-level positions, I’d give up everything for the opportunity to start a family.  Some career women may seem intimidating, but it could be they’re just masking their own vulnerabilities.  If they’re like me, they’ll let their guard down for the men who are worth it.
What piece of advice for women circulating in the popular culture do you think is most misleading? 
The most misleading advice in women’s magazines and on TV is that it’s liberating to hook up with guy after guy because their Mr. Right (or Righteous) could be just around the corner.  I actually think one of the best people out there giving advice is Patti Stanger from “Millionaire Matchmaker.”  She encourages men and women to date with purpose and stresses “no sex before monogamy.”  She may be on a reality TV show in L.A., but that’s solid conservative advice. 
What dinner would you make to impress a potential new boyfriend?
I’m Italian and I’m from the South, so it’s probably not a surprise that I’m a pretty good cook.  I’d probably make Spaghetti and Meatballs.  It’s my dad’s recipe.  Like a good relationship, there are no short-cuts.  You have to put in the time and effort for it to be worthwhile.  [Liz adds: Lisa is an amazing cook. Several times I have hidden desserts Lisa brings to my parties, keeping them for myself. Sorry if you were a guest and were looking for her salted caramel bars.]
Any ideas for your next book? 
Yes!  I don’t want to give it away, but I was inspired by writing my first book to take more chances in life.  This particular idea is a long time project, so it may not necessarily be the next book.  Who knows, there could be a sequel to Finding Mr. Righteous first!


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