Smash Into You by Shelly Crane
Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.
Never stop running…
Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.
Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.
We’re delighted to welcome Shelly Crane to the blog to answer a few questions for us today!
RR: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
SC: I’m a mom and wife first and foremost. And then I’m a YA author of lots of books that concentrate on the love people look for and find. We live in Florida, otherwise known as Hot-as-Hades, and I have two boys that keep me plenty busy when I’m not writing.
RR: Can you tell us a little about your upcoming novel(s)?
SC: I’m all about the love. I write YA romances that don’t focus on the situations around a couple and how they battle falling in love. My stories focus on the couple falling in love while situations happen around them. My stories are meaningful and light, and very lovey. SMASH INTO YOU is by far my most intense, but you’ll still find the sweet love there. Later in the year, I have the next two WIDE AWAKE novels with the new characters which I’m so excited about. Main goal? I want you feeling like you’ve gone on a journey where you watched someone learn something about themselves and you’re somehow happier and giddy when you finish one of my novels.
RR: If you could have any of your characters as a best friend, which one would you pick and why?
SC: Definitely Maggie. She’s by far my strongest and most put together character. Her life is full of magic and adventure. It would be awesome to get to hang with her, Caleb, and the Jacobson’s.
RR: What was the most difficult part to write in Smash Into You?
SC: Well, I don’t like to read jerks. But for a very small part of the book, you see a glimpse of the way Jude used to be, and…he was a jerk. lol But like I said, I like to make my characters learn something about themselves. He has completely justifiable reasons for the way he is, but it’s amazing how one girl can take a man and turn him inside out. That’s what this book is about.
RR: What do you love most about writing?
SC: That anywhere I ever wanted to go, but couldn’t. Anything I ever dreamed about as a kid, could happen. All the romantic settings and situations that you remember or wished for, can be true. My life is not boring in the slightest, but writing is just like reading. We, the authors, go on the same journey as the readers does and I fall in love with the characters. It’s amazing to write a story, all from your thoughts, and people read it and ‘get’ it. That’s amazing and makes it all worth any doubt, struggle, or negativity this process sometimes brings.
RR: Do you have any strange writing rituals?
SC: I like to write with background noise. So I either have to listen to music in my earphones or have home improvement shows playing in the background. LOL No idea why, but both are very productive.
RR: What do you do when you are not writing?
SC: I was a reader before I was a writer and that’s still true today. I love to read when I have time, but when I’m not doing that, I’m being a mom and wife. I love to go to the beach with my boys, or swim in our pool, or even throw the football around. Throw a pedicure in there somewhere every now and then and I’m good.
RR: If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
SC: Definitely would love to sit down with the original queen of romance, Jane Austin. She said she wanted, in the end, to give her characters all that they desired, and I completely agree with that. They took a journey, but in the end, I want them to always find the love they wanted.
RR: If you could choose to live in a different time period, past or future, what would it be and why?
SC: Oh, definitely back in the day. About the ’30’s. Dresses all the time, handkerchiefs, pantaloons!! How could you not be excited about the word pantaloons. We could live a ways out from town, have a barn with horses, and ma’ and pa’ would come visit twice a year. LOL I’m a quiet person, a homebody. I think I could have thrived back then.
RR: If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
SC: Shape shifting. Hands down.
RR: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
SC: A private island with internet so I could still write and publish. I would move there right this second.
RR: Favorite song?
SC: Open Your Eyes – Snow Patrol
RR: Favorite book?
SC: Callum & Harper – Fisher Amelie
RR: Favorite drink?
SC: Sweet tea
RR: Favorite food?
RR: Favorite quote?
SC: Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
RR: Chocolate or Vanilla?
SC: Vanilla. I actually don’t love chocolate all that much. I know I’m probably the only female to ever utter those words.
(Interviewer’s note: I actually don’t like chocolate at all, so you’re not alone!)
RR: Day or Night?
RR: Winter or summer?
SC: Winter, though in Florida, it’s only cold for about two weeks. We’re jipped of the privilege of wearing cute cardigans and jackets.
Again, let’s thank Shelly for her time today! And be sure to leave her some bookish love!