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Please welcome YA romance Author, Audrey Rich.
AL- First off Audrey, what was your inspiration to write, and specifically what was the inspiration behind this story?
AR- Funny thing about this story is that I never thought of even writing until 2011. One night, too wired to sleep, I decided to surf the net, but instead I opened up Word. My fingers flew across the keyboard without any real thought except for the story evolving in front of my eyes. I stayed up all night and the next morning there were thirty pages. My husband read the first six pages and pronounced that it flowed so I continued to write until I finished it.
AL- That is interesting, you were a real spur of the moment born writer. Usually when I get the itch to write it is because the main character has appeared to me and I have to get to know their story. Tell us a little about your main character.
AR- Thalía Reynari doesn’t like rocking the boat, so she always follows her parent’s rules, does well in school, plays the violin, and is super nice to everyone. She can’t even be rude to the guy who keeps chasing her, even though her BFF, Maria Santiago, smacked him twice in middle school. Everything changes when Christopher Mark swims into her life: Thalía ignores her parent’s rules as she begins dating this forbidden young man.
AL- Ah, a bit of a goody-two-toes rebel. If you had to pick, which would be your favorite minor character and why?
AR- Maria Santiago, Thalía’s BFF, happens to be my favorite minor character because she’s a spitfire: a petite junior high schooler who can jump as high as six foot volleyball players. I love how Maria is so versatile: she plays the guitar, she’s a star soccer player, is really smart. She also knows that she wants to be a nurse and she puts in the effort needed to get her there, including being dual enrolled. Her book will probably be my third book but that might change after NaNoWriMo.
AL- How about the bad guy? What is your favorite personality trait of your bad guy?
AR- Dave Martin, aka the antagonist, is a rich hottie that most girls want to date. I love how persistent he is: he won’t stop until he obtains what he wants.
AL -One of your characters is going on a shopping spree. Where does she go and what does she buy?
AR- If it’s time for a shopping spree then Sabrina is there. She’ll hit the exclusive stores on Worth Avenue on the Island of Palm Beach. Since her parents are well off she can spend their money without thinking twice, so she’ll buy two shopping bag worth of shoes.
AL- Ok, now your main character is at a bookstore. Which section is she shopping in? What book is in her hand right now?
AR- Thalía loves the classics so she’s in that section, probably holding Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
AL- Well, if she is a Jane Austen girl, we are new best friends. I’m inviting your main character to dinner to discuss classic tales and get her thoughts on Evelina. What should I make?
AR- Thalía loves Italian food, so maybe prepare some lasagna or baked ziti, garlic bread, and Tiramisu for desert.
AL- I know that sometimes our characters can get away from us, were you surprised by the behavior of any of your characters or the direction of your plot at any point while writing?
AR- Yes, when I first wrote Masquerading Our Love Maria Santiago’s love interest was supposed to be Frank Torres. Unfortunately their banter became more like that of siblings, no real chemistry. Somewhere in the middle of the story Frank’s relationship with Carol takes shape and Maria ends up with no guy and perfectly happy. By the time I began writing Trina’s book it’s revealed that Maria never wanted to date because of a secret, unrequited love. Her heart belongs to the teenager who rejected her when she was twelve.
AL- You tried to match her up but she had other ideas. I am sure that was a nice surprise she had for you. How long did it take you to write this book?
AR- It only took me three months; however it took another 4.5 years between rewrites, beta readers, critique partners, and my editor. There were so many countless hours of editing to achieve the version now on paperback.
AL- Oh, don’t get me started on editing. No really, don’t get me started I am still in writing mode with my WIP. How about you tell us about your cover art and how it pertains to your story.
AR- My cover designer chose it and it’s just perfect. It shows Thalía and Christopher Mark on the beach holding only their pinkies, facing the opposite direction. They’re together but they’re “hiding” it from everyone else.
AL- Well, thank you for stopping by and sharing the story behind your stories with us. They sound like real sweet love stories. I am sure there are lots of readers that just added you to their To-Be-Read list.
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