Friday, March 2, 2012
Author Interview: Liz Reinhardt
If you were in Brenna's position, with two boys to choose from, how would you decide?
That’s a good question, and I’m glad I was never actually in Brenna’s position! I think that what Brenna winds up doing, by just going wherever her feelings take her is selfish but necessary. I would never make a habit of hurting peoples’ feelings, but I think it’s important to date all different people so you can know what your options are and who you might be able to be with for a long time. (I know, I know! I sound like Mrs. Blixen when I say things like that!)
What is your favorite part about writing romance?
I love every single aspect of writing romance! I’m kind of a romantic in real life, and I love all the details…long phone calls, thoughtful gifts, funny conversations, hot make-out sessions. Some people think romance is a less valid genre because it tends to have a happily ever after ending. I think there’s nothing more important. Having a person you love in your life is the most important thing. Celebrating that kind of love makes me proud and happy as a writer.
Of all the places for Brenna to have spent freshman year, why Denmark?
My father was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He’s since become an American citizen, but we were raised going to Danish festivals, fairs, camps, plays…we had a Danish exchange student and my family has visited Denmark. I wanted to give a little shout out to my father! I also love details, and lots of them. Talking about Denmark with some insider knowledge was easy for me, because I’d lived life talking about Denmark and being around Danish culture.
Oh my gosh, this is a crazy awesome question! Okay, I would pair Brenna with my all-time favorite book crush, Marcus Flutie from Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling books. He’s handsome, a rebel, and really smart, but a real romantic! I’d pair Jake with Lola from Stephanie Perkins. I think he’d fit in so well with her family, and she’d bring out the artsy side of him and encourage him to open up and be more confident. Saxon? I’d pair him with Taylor Markham from Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road. Taylor is tough, honest, and smart, and she could whip Saxon into shape!! (I’m sorry to Jessica, Cricket, and Jonas for stealing your loves!)
What kind of plant would you describe yourself as?
Haha! Something tall. Maybe a tall nut tree? I wish I knew more about plants, because I could give a better answer!
Thank you, Liz, for stopping in and congrats on the book!
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