We are so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Trouble from the Start and it’s companion novel, The Boyfriend Project by Rachel Hawthorne! Below you’ll find info for both books, as well as an interview with the author herself, AND a pretty AWESOME GIVEAWAY, where you can win not just one, but BOTH of these books!
One of two companion novels from beach-read favorite Rachel Hawthorne, this cute, romantic paperback original is about a good girl who falls for a bad guy.
Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy who can’t seem to outrun his reputation. Fletcher knows he shouldn’t bother with college-bound, daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark. Are they willing to go against everything and let their hearts lead the way? Or are they just flirting with disaster?
Trouble from the Start releases simultaneously with companion novel The Boyfriend Project. These heartwarming paperback originals are the perfect summer reads, great for fans of Jennifer Echols, Lauren Barnholdt, and Susane Colasanti.
Kendall and her boyfriend, Jeremy, have been together forever, and Kendall is starting to wonder if Jeremy is a little boring. . . . So she embarks on a boyfriend makeover. But as Jeremy learns to strut his stuff, other girls start to notice him and, what’s worse, he’s noticing them back. Then Jeremy breaks up with Kendall and she realizes her makeover project was the ultimate disaster. Is the sweet boyfriend she loved gone forever?
A companion novel to Rachel Hawthorne’s paperback original Trouble from the Start, this title is perfect for fans of summer beach reads and sweet treats.
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
The first line is usually the most difficult because so much rests on it. It has to set the tone and draw the reader in. Since I’m a by the seat of my pants writer, I don’t always know the story or characters well at the point that I sit down to write so sometimes the opening line isn’t right. By the time I get to the end of the story, I know the characters and the story and I know the line that should end the story.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
The characters always come to me first. My stories are very character-driven so I have to envision the characters before I can see the story. The title will usually come to me as I’m writing the story, although it’s not always a marketable title. So I never become invested in the title because I understand that it might need to be changed by my editor of my publisher’s marketing department.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
I have a list of names that I add to whenever a name strikes me or I meet someone with an unusual name or an unusual spelling of a common name. My characters often come to me with a name already but when they don’t then I’ll review the list until a name seems to suit the character. The characters’ name is very important to me because it often helps to define them. I once had a character that I saw as Emily but my editor had another book coming out around the same time with Emily in the title so she asked me to change her name to Amelia. But to me she was Emily. So I wrote the story using Emily. Before I sent the manuscript off to my editor, I did a global replace to change the name from Emily to Amelia.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I write by the seat of my pants. I can usually see the characters and I know their conflict or what is keeping them apart, what they might need to overcome. But the details, exactly what will happen in the story, are usually a mystery until I write it.
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
Ha! On the Prozac. My Author Survival Kit includes a CD of thunderstorms, low lighting, hot tea (or hot chocolate with marshmallows on really cold days), a dog at my feet.
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
Fun, emotional, character-driven
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Attend a show on Broadway.
Travel to London
Take a cruise
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Fried shrimp. It’s my favorite food.
What is something you never leave home without?
My cell phone.
What is your favorite movie?
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Unleashed by Sophie Jordan
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset. I enjoy the beautiful sky closing out the day and to be quite honest, sunrise comes just a little too early.
Coffee or Tea?
Tea. Must be my British heritage. I’ve never developed a taste for coffee. I start each day with a cup of green tea.
PC or Mac?
Both. I was a PC gal but when my computer needed some repairs, I couldn’t go without it for the 2 weeks they said it would take to repair it so my husband talked me into getting a Mac. There are features on the PC that I miss and I still use it for creating graphics and doing things with some programs that I don’t have on the Mac. That said, I love the speed of the Mac and the way I can sync everything between my Mac, my iPhone, and my iPad.
By Land, or by sea?
By land although I would love to travel by sea at some point. I love taking road trips.
Half-empty or Half-full?
Summer or Winter?
Winter. It provides the best writing weather. Dark, cloudy days. Cold so I need to have a fire going in the fireplace. Rain. Occasionally snow. And I’m always bundled up in my comfy sweats, my favorite writing outfit.
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