Today here on Rampant Readers, we are delighted to have Sophia Bleu on the blog today! So let’s all give Sophia a warm welcome!
SB: Hi Gabbie! Thanks for having me and for being one of the first bloggers to read Catching Liam!
RR: Hi! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
SB: I’m a Midwestern girl by birth, but I ran away to the Pacific Northwest with my high school sweetheart. We’re raising two little hell-raisers out here in a small coastal town (the town that inspired Olympic Falls). I studied English in college and grad school, which made me a hot commodity on the job market. Thankfully, my husband supported the crazy idea of me becoming a full-time writer.
RR:Can you tell us a little about your upcoming novel?
SB: Catching Liam is officially releasing on July 8th (TOMORROW!) and it’s the first in the Good Girls Don’t series about three best friends who are navigating coursework, career decisions, and college boys with some mishaps along the way. In the first book, Jillian, a self proclaimed boy catcher, can’t shake a one night stand. He’s not a stalker, just a Scottish boy with an old-fashioned streak who wants to make her breakfast, forcing Jillian to decide if she wants to go back for seconds.
RR: I just have to ask: Liam is Scottish. Have you ever been to Scotland? Do you adore their accent?
SB: I do adore their accents. What girl doesn’t? Sadly, I’ve never been but Lyla Payne and I think a prequel with Liam and Cole set in Scotland would be a fantastic idea. Can you say research trip?
RR: Do you outline when writing your books?
SB: It honestly depends on the book! I pantsed my first published novel but had to outline the sequel for my editor. With Liam I had a loose outline and jumped around a lot while writing it. At this stage of the game, every book gets an outline at some point but not always before the first draft.
RR: Describe your writing process.
SB: Check twitter. Check facebook. Avoid Scrivener until it’s too late at night to start writing. Write anyway. Stay up until 4 a.m. Be a zombie the next day. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
RR: What made you want to write in the New Adult genre?
SB: I actually started writing a book about a college girl about six years ago but there was no market for it so it sat collecting dust. Like a lot of authors I didn’t realize understand why there was this huge age gap between YA lit and most literary and genre fiction. I was psyched when NA started to really happen.
RR: How do you choose your character names?
SB: They tend to name themselves. I was unconvinced that I liked Jillian’s name, but she talked me into it. What can I say? They have minds of their own.
RR: What is your biggest pet peeve?
SB: Honk if you ___! bumper stickers, because no one actually wants you to honk. Total false advertising.
RR: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
SB: I wanted to be a ballerina, which is terribly cliche, but I saw a production of Swan Lake and that was it. The problem was that I lacked rhythm and flexibility and access to dance classes, but to this day, I can rock a tutu.
RR: What is one food that you will never eat?
SB: Snoballs. Those coconut covered cake things. They might not even be around anymore because weren’t they Hostess? Regardless, I will never eat them. I hate coconut with the fire of a thousand suns. I would rather walk across hot coals than eat coconut. If I accidentally eat coconut, I spit it out in a napkin and beg for water like a 5 year-old.
RR: Favorite drink?
SB: Long Island Iced Tea
RR: Favorite Color?
SB: Yellow. I’m obsessed with it. My car is even yellow.
RR: Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
SB: Chocolate, same as Liam’s
RR: Favorite Number?
RR: Coke or Pepsi?
RR: Day or Night?
RR: Snow or Rain?
RR: Iphone or Android?
RR: Car or Truck?
SB: Sports car
Let’s say a big thank you to Sophia for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Be sure to leave her some love!
My Review of Catching Liam goes live tomorrow here!