Winner Announcement —> Congratulations to Sonia!!
The queen of deceiving, cheating, lying, angsty, turbulent, heartbreaking romance is amongst us!! Time for another perspective into what goes on in her character’s heads, how they spoke to her, and how she cried. Oh yes. She cried. I LOVE IT!!! We are not alone friends! Even Caleb and Olivia’s creator had her heart broken in the process!
Maryse: Where did the inspiration for this series come from? Where were you when these characters came to mind, and how did their story develop for you?
Tarryn: I was at Starbucks when the story came to me. I was struggling with losing someone and trying to understand how I had let it happen. I wanted to explore how far two people were willing to go to be together. The idea that souls recognize each other is fascinating to me. As for my characters, I develop their personalities and then allow those personalities to guide the story. I found out that Caleb faked his amnesia when Olivia went to get hist favorite CD in the record store. I wrote the scene and then thought; Oh crap, he’s faking!
Maryse: Cool! A twist right from the start, even for you!
I found that despite being appalled at some of your character’s actions, I could somehow… relate to them. You know that quote… “One of the hardest things in life is watching the person you love, love someone else.” <— That can make anyone crazy. After all, we’ve all experienced moments of insecurity, doubt, intense desire… jealousy at some point in our lives. Human basic instincts. And while these characters present a certain “face” to the public, the reader gets to experience their most basal thoughts. Do you find pieces of yourself in any of these characters? If so, who do you relate to, or connect to, most? Olivia or Leah?
Tarryn: In my early twenties, I connected with Olivia. I don’t relate to Leah very much, but I know women who are like her. Of all my characters, I am most like Caleb. When people attack him, it feels a bit personal. I’d fake amnesia to get the love of my life back. I’d lie and cheat and steal for love. I’d tell the truth, too. Whatever the person needed, I’d be that, because when you find someone who breaks you open and makes you feel things; you fight for them. You write for them.
Maryse: Oh wow!! You kind of broke my heart a bit there. Were you nervous exploring a more gluttonous side of romance? One where “fate” doesn’t fix all things (as in our more conventional romance books), but where the characters do what they must to “make it happen”?
Tarryn: I like to combine fantasy with reality in my writing. The amnesia was definitely a stretch on reality, the actions of my characters depicted the bad side of human nature. It’s not just good people who fall in love. Really flawed people fall in love too. Human nature is fraught with dark imperfections and we condemn our relationships with them. And, in real life things don’t just fall into place, they are messy and we have to work through the mess to get something halfway decent.
Maryse: True!! Wonderfully put. Personal issues and fears do tend to be self-destructive and destructive overall, but we still want to love and be loved.
I’ve enjoyed watching the characters “force things” via manipulation, and get what they want, and yet still… not. It would seem that pesky free will, truth and “fate”, continues to trip them up. It appears there is a lesson to be learned. Was that your intention? To show that love achieved through clever conniving (even if the motives are true), will still take a backseat to the power of true love? Of what is meant to be?
Tarryn: The lack of communication destroys relationships. People will fill in the blanks if words aren’t spoken. That was the start of the trouble for Olivia and Caleb. They did entangle themselves in lies but that was after they didn’t say what needed to be said.
Maryse: *nods* YES!!! I’ve been hearing word that you are not necessarily an HEA type of person. I have my own suspicions of where this is going, (*fingers crossed*) and that much of this manipulation will be punished by way of “wasted time”, but that in the end… what so many of your readers want will occur, because… it must. Am I anywhere near the ballpark, or are you still exploring other possibilities. Of course, no spoilers and all that, but… you know? Could *it* happen?
Maryse: *sigh* yesssssss it’s up to him. (sorry guys, I tried to get a hint). hehe!! Or wait… was that a hint!!?? 😉
Okay, and what about Noah? In the short time I’ve come to know him, I think I’ve developed a crush. Perhaps not as hard as I fell for Caleb, but he has a certain purity to him, and for some reason… I feel he’d do a certain broken character a LOT of good. Or would that be Sam? After all, everyone needs love. 😉 *hint hint*
Tarryn: You’re going to see a lot of Noah in book three. He’s a good guy. What people don’t realize about him; is that he’s older. He sees love differently than Olivia and Caleb do. I think he’s more mature than the other characters. He loves Olivia. Deeply. Enough to fight for her.
Maryse: Ohhhh it’s gonna get dirty again, I think!
It must have been nerve-wracking dedicating an entire book to a “villain’s” POV. I’m happy you did because it gave us an almost 3-D perspective into the series. I feel almost as if I know her more than Olivia, now, and I realize that… I don’t hate Leah. In fact, I feel empathy. And I… sort of… “see” her. The most insecure of them all, despite all of her blustering and attempts at public perfection. Despite all of her snobbish ways, it almost seems as if she just wants to be… like the very people she claims to hate. I’m afraid she’s about to hit rock-bottom in book #3 (and I swear I thought she had hit it, in the first 15% of book #2). Did you know who she was from the start, or did she surprise you? Will she surprise us?
Tarryn: I always knew who Leah was. I am the type of person who finds it incredibly hard to hate people. If someone bothers me, I try to get to know them so I can understand why they’re a complete idiot. Leah discovers the truth about herself in the last paragraph of the book. That is who she is, that is who she will always be.
Maryse: All’s fair in love and war. Is it, Tarryn? Is. It?
Maryse: Gah!! The next book will be rough, I’m sure!! (and I’m thrilled for it!) Will Noah get his own book? He’s so patient and understanding and well… anyone dubbed sexy Gandhi should have their own book.
Tarryn: You know, Noah doesn’t really interest me. Not enough for a whole book.
Maryse: *hrmph* okay. Any writing surprises along the way? Thoughts of where you expected the story to led you, only to realize there was “something else” all along?
Tarryn: In The Opportunist, I had absolutely no idea it would end that way. I was depressed and shocked and I wanted to re-write the ending, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. In Dirty Red, I was pretty surprised that Leah had a secret girl crush on Olivia. She’d never admit it, but she really likes her.
Maryse: Wow thank you for that inside look. Girl crush, huh? I kind of noticed that, too. At least you were as devastated as we were when we hit the end of #1. Any fun or funny reader reactions you’d like ot share? Are you surprised at how addicted so many of us have become to the plight of your characters?
Tarryn: Sometimes, when I’m sad, I sign onto Goodreads and look at the status updates for Dirty Red. The picture ones crack me up, The swearing cracks me up. I am amazed at the response to both books. I never could have imagined that people would love and hate these characters with as much passion as I do. I get messages all the time in which a reader wants to vent to me.
Maryse: I love the picture reviews, too. Hilarious! Do you have a dream cast of characters? Of course, your book covers have “cinched” what a couple of them look like for me, but what about the men?
Tarryn: I like Matt Lanter for Caleb. Natalie Dormer for Olivia. Patrick Dempsey for Noah. I have a board on Pintrest where I casted the characters. Olivia is not beautiful. She is striking and sexy. Natalie Dormer catches her facial expressions perfectly. Caleb is handsome. He has smiling eyes.
Maryse: Natalie is very smirky. Love it!!
I wanted to cry at the end of book #1. I was in shock, then in obvious denial (as I thought the outcome was something completely different from reality). Once I realized that you were not being symbolic or purposefully vague to string us along until book #2, that what I read was what “it” was, I cried. I felt utterly betrayed. And then… I listened to your playlist and I sobbed on and off for an entire day. At work. Did you? Did you hurt as badly as we did? Did you? I hope so. 😉 (silly grin and a little grrrrrrr!!!!, too!).
Tarryn: I hurt. I hurt so bad. I was playing Coldplay’s The Scientist and crying while writing it. I felt as if they both betrayed me; told me their story and then left me to burn.
Maryse: I cried and cried listening to Adele’s Someone Like You from your Opportunist playlist. In fact, I haven’t listed to that song since, because it’ll take me right back to that pain.
Do you have a playlist for Leah’s book?
Maryse: Any favorite reads that you’d like to recommend? Books that affected you so deeply as to fret over them for days/weeks/months, like we have over your books?
Tarryn: The Bronze Horseman was an epic love story. Alexander is my favorite leading man. Gone Girl was brilliant. No one writes like Gillian Flynn. I am really excited for everyone to read True Love Story by Willow Asher. It’s angst ridden.
Thank you so much, Tarryn!! I loved this inside scoop!
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