Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted #2.5
Pub Date: July 18th, 2014
Two years will change them forever. When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?
Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.
And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.
A full-length New Adult Romance that bridges the gap between the second and third books. Thrive must be read before Addicted After All if you have not read the Calloway Sisters spin-off.
Today on Rampant Readers we are excited to have Krista and Becca Ritchie answering some questions for us! So let’s get to it, shall we?
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Krista: We’re both twenty-three, and we’re identical twins. I have a degree in biology with a pre-med influence, since I thought I was going to be a doctor. Fate took a left turn and now I have the best job in the whole entire world.
Becca: A year ago, I graduated with degrees in English and Mass Media Arts (journalism). We’ve been writing well before college (mostly science fiction with lots of romance), but in my last semester, Krista had a brilliant idea, and we wrote a contemporary novel about a sex addict and an alcoholic, pretending to be in a relationship to hide their addictions from their family.
Can you tell us a little about your upcoming novel(s)?
Krista: Our next book, Thrive, is #2.5 in the Addicted series and it released on July 18th. It centers on Lily and Lo, a sex addict and alcoholic trying to find their HEA amidst lots of outside forces. Then we have the final book in their storyline, Addicted After All coming out Fall 2014.
Becca: She said it perfectly. Thrive is a full-length novel and vital to the Addicted series. If you don’t plan on reading the Calloway Sisters spin-off series (Kiss the Sky & Hothouse Flower), then you should most definitely read this after Addicted for Now (#2). But if you do want to read the spin-off series, you should read them first and then read Thrive
If you could have any of your characters as a best friend, which one would you pick and why?
Krista: Probably Lily or Rose. Lily because she’d be so fun to have around, and I love pop culture just as much as her (if not more) so we’d have a lot to talk about. But Rose would also be an awesome friend because she’d be super loyal and she’d make all the sassy comments that’d be in my head but would never say aloud.
Becca: I think Daisy would be an awesome best friend. She likes to share the spotlight (or step out of it), and she’d always make the night fun and wild and memorable. Daisy is really about making sure everyone is happy, and she’s just super sweet
Which character is most like your personality and how?
Krista: This question is always more fun to pick the characters for the other person. So for Becca, I think she’s a mixture of Daisy and Lily. She has both of their goofy spirits, Lily’s love for comic books, and Daisy’s need to make sure everyone is having a good time.
Becca: Krista has Rose’s fierce determination, drive and passion. Plus she’s so smart and can verbally spar with any guy. And she’s been around the honors circuit like Rose and Connor.
What are your top three favorite books?
Krista: This always changes, but for right now, my top three favorite books would be. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, and Split by Swati Avasthi.
Becca: This changes for me too, all the time. I love Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, Insignia by S.J. Kincaid and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
How do you choose your character names?
Krista: All the girls’ names were chosen because we wanted the parents to name them after flowers. A girl in our high school had all sisters and they were named after flowers, so that’s how the idea originated
Becca: The guys we just chose individually. Krista came up with “Connor Cobalt” because his name was supposed to sound catchy (his name is why Lily, in the book, chooses him as her tutor). For Ryke and Loren, we focused on names that shaped the kind of characters they were. Something “hard” for Ryke since his last name was softer (Meadows). And then for Loren, we liked the idea that he was teased for having a girl’s name (even though we love guys with girl’s names), and so we chose Loren because it’s also something we could see his wealthy, socialite father choosing for him.
Which character frustrated you most while writing Thrive?
Krista: None of the characters ever frustrate me when I’m writing. Maybe because I know them too well that I can empathize with their decisions (even if they make bad ones). But Scott Van Wright is still a douchebag, so maybe him, lol.
Becca: I agree with Krista. We understand all of their motives, which makes it hard to pick sides in fights because even if a person is wrong, we understand completely where they’re coming from and why they feel they’re right in that moment. Ahh, Scott Van Wright, he’s pretty aggravating, like a gnat.
If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
Krista: Teleportation. It would make traveling so much more fun and accessible. I sometimes will be in the airport and blinking really hard, trying to kickstart the superpower. Needless to say, it never works and I probably look like I have something stuck in my eye.
Becca: I’m going to copy Krista, but just so everyone knows, we’ve talked in length about superpowers. So we came to the decision together that teleportation is badass and most definitely, hands down, the best. Therefore, I’m only half-copying.
If you had to live off of one food, what would it be?
Krista: Oh gosh! I love this question. It’s so hard because I love so many different kinds of food, but the key is to pick something that I would never get sick of. So…maybe sushi. Even though the Italian inside of me is screaming to choose pasta.
Becca: I want to say chocolate, but I wouldn’t be able to eat it all the time. Pasta is an everyday kind of meal, and probably what I crave the most.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Krista: My embarrassing stories don’t compare to Becca’s, so I’m going to let her take this
Becca: It’s probably a tie between two, but I’ll choose one when I was about 12. I went snowboarding for the first time. Our older brother begged us to try it with him. I said yes, forgetting that he’s good at everything and I’m not. So, of course, he stands right up on his snowboard and takes off for the hardest slope like he’s been doing this all his life. Here I am, inching my way over to the bunny slope. There’s no chairlift. It’s just this rope you grab onto and it pulls you up the “hill”. Well, I grab onto the rope, swing out too far the left, and the whole lift lets out a violent groan.
I literally broke the ski lift.
Everyone stared at me like WTF. They were pretty irritated too. And my escape plan went south. The moment I tried to make a quick exit, I fell on my butt and struggled to stand up. Where is my brother to come help me? Oh, he’s whizzing down the mountainside like a pro. I have not been snowboarding since… but I live in Georgia, so the opportunity is slim.
Who are your top three book boyfriends?
Krista: Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil, Daemon Black from Obsidian, and Evan Walker from The 5th Wave.
Becca: It changes all the time, but for now… Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer trilogy, Gabriel Merrick from the Elemental series, and Logan Scott from The Summer I Became a Nerd.
If you could go on a double date with a book couple, who would you pick and why?
Krista: I don’t know if I’d want to go on a double date with a book couple. I think I would be way too starstruck or something J
Becca: I’d probably fangirl and die if I went on a double date with Shane and Claire from the Morganville Vampire series. She is really bookish, so we’d have lots to talk about, and Shane is a little rough around the edges. It’d be fun to pick his brain about his anti-vampire stance.
Krista: It’s kind of a long one. It’s from Dead Poets Society (my favorite movie) and it’s always inspired me.
“The human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
Becca: Mine is from the series finale of One Tree Hill:
“It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re seventeen and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life.”
Krista: Red. Or pink. Anything in the red family
Krista: Reese’s Cups
Becca: Almost any brand of chocolate bar.
Coke or Pepsi?
Krista: Diet Coke. Hands down. I will know if a waiter has served me anything else. Pepsi is just not the same.
Becca: Coke. We’re born and raised from Georgia, so we actually call every “soda” or “pop” just Coke.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Iphone or Android?
RFacebook or Twitter?
Krista: Twitter. For some strange reason, Facebook is so difficult for me. I’m getting better about it (I think) but I’ve never been a big Facebook user in my life…ever.
Becca: Twitter! Krista is a little Facebook-phobic. I got an account my first year of college, but I never really started using it until we published our first book. We realized how many readers love the platform, so it’s been so much fun connecting with all of them and figuring out how best to use it, but we’ve been Twitter users for years and have a much better handle on it.
Let’s thank Krista and Becca for taking the time to answer some questions for us today. Be sure to leave them some love!