Friday, September 20, 2013
Author Interview: Jen McLaughlin
What is the hardest part about going from adult romance to NA romance?
Remembering that the characters will not always make the smartest choices! In New Adult, they are still growing up and becoming the adult they will someday be. Things in this time period can change a person and shape them into their future selves. Making those decisions and, yes, consequences realistic can be tough when you're used to writing adults!
Which scene, without spoilers, was your favorite to write?
The "discovery" scene. If you've read it, you know what I'm talking about.
Describe Finn and Carrie in three words each.
Finn: Hot, Brave, and loyal.
Carrie: Sheltered, Kind, and Adreneline-junky.
Finn is hard to like from the start since he's so blatantly lying to Carrie about who he is. What was your biggest challenge in making him sympathetic and being sure readers don't write him off right away?
I didn't really think he was hard to like, I hadn't thought of it like that! Probably because I can see all his thoughts even more so than what's there, huh? But, anyway, *clears throat* I'd have to say giving him clear, concise reasons for what he's doing (and why he's doing it) and making it something that the reader can relate to easily. Ya know? :)
If you found yourself in a situation like Carrie's, would you be able to forgive someone like Finn?
I would. Maybe not at first, but I would eventually forgive him, yes. Especially if he was Finn. ;)
If you could pair Finn and Carrie with any character from any book, who would you pick for them?
Oooh. I'd totally pair them with Harry from Harry Potter. They could go hunt horcruxes together. She'd be very similar to Hermione in that series, I'd think.
What kind of sea creature would you describe yourself as?
Hmm...A mermaid. ;)
Thanks, Jen, for stopping in and congrats on the release! This one is out now, so be sure you grab it! And check out the contest below for a seriously amazing giveaway!
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About the book:
Desperate to break free…
I've spent my entire life under my father’s thumb, but now I'm finally free to make my own choices. When my roommate dragged me to my first college party, I met Finn Coram and my life turned inside out. He knows how to break the rules and is everything I never knew I wanted. A Marine by day and surfer by night, he pushes me away even as our attraction brings us closer. Now I am finally free to do whatever I want. I know what I want. I choose Finn.
Trying to play by the rules...
I always follow orders. My job, my life, depends on it. I thought this job would be easy, all the rules were made crystal clear, but when I met Carrie Wallington, everything got muddy. She's a rule I know I shouldn't break, but damn if I don’t inch closer to the breaking point each time I see her. I’m ready to step out of line. And even worse? I’m living a lie. They say the truth will set you free, but in my case…
The truth will cost me everything.
Posted by Kari Olson at 7:00 AM