Interview and Giveaway with Christina Lauren
I asked if I could giveaway the copy of an extra ARC I received and in response was offered a chance to interview the collaborative team of Christina Lauren. So I have the good fortune of presenting this wacky interview along with a sweet giveaway.
Jane: Sweet Filthy Boy is set, in part, in Paris and I had a lovely sense of being transported to another culture. The stranger in a strange land is always a fun reading experience. From creeping your social media accounts it appears you have been to Europe and Brazil. What is the one place where you would like to travel and spend say six months doing your own version of Stranger in a Strange Land?
Christina: The travel this year has been amazing! Christina went to London, Lo went to Paris, then Scotland for a signing, and then we both went to Brazil (not to mention about15 different places all over the US). If we could have a Sweet Filthy Boy experience of our own other than in France?
Christina: Definitely England with the adorable British boys and their accents, and endless cute rain boots and scarves. At some point in my story there is loud singing in a pub followed by stomping in puddles and laughing that turns into hot making out.
Lo: Brazil. You go there and feel like you’re meeting family. So much joy. (Also so many caipirinhas.) At some point in my story I’m on the back of a scooter with a hot Brazilian surfer guy. Sure, we’ll probably die in traffic because dear lord there are no traffic rules there–or if there are, no one bothers to follow them–but that last hour of my life will be perfect.
Jane: Author promotion is excruciating but necessary. What’s the one author promotional activity you love to do and what is one that you struggle with?
We both love book events & signings. We always like meeting readers and sharing our love for writing and reading (and letting them see that, indeed, we are spectacular idiots in person). As for what we struggle with, we agree it’s hard when it feels like it isn’t enough just to write a really great book, you also have to work to grab readers’ attentions with giveaways and promotions. Part of that is because the romance market is huge; there are a lot of authors standing on the head of a pin, so to speak, so you need to make sure readers are paying attention. We get that and coming up with them can be fun. But at the end of the day, the only thing we can really control is how good the book is, and so all of those promotional activities feel like making wishes in a fountain. We hope they work, and we want people to buy and love the book, but we never know how much each activity contributes to sales. That’s hard sometimes.
Is there a book you’ve read in say the last year that you thought to yourself, damn, I wish I’d written this? What book? What appealed to you?
Christina: Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) because the writing and imagery was beyond compare. Or maybe Gone Girl for the mindfuckedness of it. It feels like it was written backwards, and to craft something like that would be fun and challenging and awesomely Machiavellian.
Lo: I loved Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and won’t ever shut up about it, but I’m not sure that I wish we’d written it. Her voice is so wonderful, and I honestly could read that book over and over. If anything, I’d probably write fanfiction for it. I may have googled Sex with a Quadriplegic. Maybe.
Okay, final question (although this has been fun). If you were playing Jeopardy, what is the first topic you would pick and the very very last. http://deadspin.com/nerds-on-
Lo: First picked would be Strange Neurological Conditions (since it’s Jeopardy I can’t just say Neuroscience b/c that’s boring). Last picked would be Religion because I am horribly religion-dumb. Can I say that publicly? Because it’s true.
Christina: First picked would be Boy Band Trivia (holla!) and last picked would be Professional Sports because I so rarely watch the girls and guys dribble the footballs around the bases.
Jane: Wait, final real question. Who is your favorite blogger and what is my new nickname? (Given that you guys do a lot of interesting nicknames – Petal, Sugarcube)
Your nickname is Noodle.
I’m not certain I’m down with Noodle and did you see, readers, how they ducked my “who is your favorite blogger” question? Outrageous. I asked these random set of questions because I wanted to ask ones that hadn’t been presented before. I admit to being terrible at interviewing so what are the questions I should be asking?