1. In what ways do you think every woman can relate to Larissa
Larissa is a sweetie. Sheâ€™s not rich; sheâ€™s working as a personal assistant and
personal masseuse for Jack. She gets to go to work in yoga pants and touch sexy
guys all over. (Dream job!) UNTIL WE TOUCH is my nod to
the boss/secretary story, one of my favorite kinds of romance.
Larissa has a pure heart, and when she sees someone hurting, she doesnâ€™t just
think about helping. She does help, with whatever resources are available to
her. Fortunately for her, since sheâ€™s been working for Jack, he has allowed her
to use his wealth and connections in service to her causes. In fact, he likes
it. With Larissa using his money to try to save the world, he can feel like a
part of something without actually putting himself out there. Itâ€™s a very
comfortable arrangement for them bothâ€¦ until Larissaâ€™s mom tells Jack that
Larissa is in love with him, and everything changes.
2. What about Jack McGarry makes him like no leading man weâ€™ve ever seen
before in Foolâ€™s Gold?
I think what makes people relatableâ€”both in fiction and in lifeâ€”are our
imperfections and our vulnerabilities. From the outside, Jackâ€™s life appears
perfect. Heâ€™s rich, handsome, famous. He was a pro quarterback who retired on
top and is now experiencing the same phenomenal success in the private sector
with Score, the PR firm he co-owns.
But Jack has a secret pain that makes him protect himself from feeling too
deeply, from caring too much. He lost someone dear to him when he was young, and
he felt responsible. The lesson he took from that loss was that itâ€™s safer on
Larissa works for him, so she knows heâ€™s not a good bet when it comes to
relationships. She has watched a string of temporary girlfriends come and go.
She even bought the parting gifts. Despite that, despite her better judgment,
she likes the man. Heâ€™s a good guy, a great friend, and heâ€™s the sexiest man
sheâ€™s ever met.
3. If UNTIL WE TOUCH were made
into a movie, who would you envision
playing Jack and Larissa?
Iâ€™m going to go with Chris Pine with black hair and Amy Adams as a blonde. (We
must keep the Hollywood hairstylists employed!) Both could handle the funny
scenes and the moments of honest emotion.
Of course, one of the funniest scenes in the book would probably have to be cut
in order to keep the R rating. No spoilers, but I will say that Larissa is a
massage therapist, and as their feelings for each other change, new
4. Larissa keeps her romantic attraction to Jack a secret at first,
before her mother spills the beans. Do you think you should ever keep that
secret from a friend youâ€™re falling for, or is it better to confess your
In the case of Larissa, she didnâ€™t realize she was keeping a secretâ€¦ she kept
her feelings a secret even from herself. Until her motherâ€™s assertion, Larissa
didnâ€™t think she was in love with Jack. Just by saying those words, Larissaâ€™s
mom changed everything. These two friends and colleagues are suddenly thinking
of each other in a whole new way. Which is inconvenient, to say the least.
As for whether someone in real life should keep her feelings for a friend secret
or confess all, Iâ€™d have to say it really depends on the situation. Friendship
is the best foundation for lifelong love, but not all friends-to-lovers stories
end happily. I think youâ€™d need to examine your heart and ask yourself,
honestly, what is the best action for you to take.
5. You have written well over 100 books. How do you keep developing such
unique storylines and characters that keep your fans coming back for more?
Itâ€™s a challenge! The truth is, every love story is unique. We all know dozens
of couples who met, fell in love, and married. The framework may be
similarâ€”first glance, first kiss, deepening feelings, declaration of loveâ€”but
the nuances are different. Which means that as a writer, I need to start with
the nuances and build from there. What makes these two individuals unique and
uniquely suited for each other? What events in their past color their actions
and emotions today? As I develop their characters, I look for aspects that put
them in conflict with each other, but also for aspects that will make them a
couple you can believe will make it for the long haul. The conflict has to last
nearly the length of the book, but the things they have in common have to take
them through the rest of their lives.
6. What do you think is the recipe for a perfect romance novel?
A perfect romance should carry you away from your everyday world and fill you
with emotions as you read. When you put down the book before youâ€™re finished, it
should call to you. Chores can wait, dinner can wait. It should be a challenge
for you to turn off the light to go to sleep, even when itâ€™s way past your
bedtime. You should want to read just one more chapter, and then just one more
after that, and then just one more until youâ€™re done because you canâ€™t bear to
put it down until you know the characters are happy and in love. And when you do
finish this perfect romance, you should feel happy, with a renewed feeling of
faith in the power of love to overcome all obstacles.
7. Whatâ€™s next for Foolâ€™s Gold?
Next up, Kenny and Bailey will fall in love in YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS.
Readers are in love with Kenny already, started asking for his story right away.
He was introduced in WHEN WE
MET, and readers could immediately sense that there are hidden depths
beneath his happy-go-lucky faĂ§ade. Kenny is one of Jackâ€™s partners at Score PR.
What he wants more than anything is a family, but he was burned badly by an ex.
The one thing he wonâ€™t do, no matter what, is fall in love with a single mom.
And then he meets Baileyâ€¦
YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS was
originally slated to be an ebook exclusive novella. However, Harlequin has
decided to release it simultaneously in print on October 28. It will be printed
at the back of the mass market paperback reissue of CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET.
Both YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS
(ebook) and CHRISTMAS ON 4TH
STREET combined with YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS (print
and ebook) are available for pre-order now.
8. Any fun summer plans?
Iâ€™m going to soak in as much of this rare and precious Seattle sunshine as I can
before the rainclouds descend again! Seattle in the summertime has to be one of
the most beautiful places on the planet. I swear, there are a million shades of
green, and every single one of them is on display as we walk the dog around the
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