Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed.
He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her.
Now onto the Q&A with the author of KISS ME, KILL YOU, Larissa C. Hardesty!
What was your favorite aspect of writing this story?
I loved writing KISS ME KILL YOU for so many reasons. But if I had to pick just one, I’d say creating my own book boyfriend. I LOVE Paul. I loved writing him and writing from his POV. Getting into his head was so easy. I hope my readers enjoy him as much as I enjoyed writing him.
The most frustrating part of this process has to be finishing the book right when the paranormal YA market flooded. I had so many rejections that said, “Love this, but I can’t sell it right now.” headdesk But persistence paid off, and the book is so much better now, under my editor’s guidance.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
I’m going to go with the five books I reread regularly.
- Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. I love all the books in the Pern universe, but this one was my first, and the protagonist is a musician.
- The Magic’s Pawn trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. I’m cheating a bit here, but not really, because they have been compiled into a single volume. LOL. This book kept me up until all hours in high school. It’s got magic, and Companions (like psychic magical horses), and a love story that rips out your heart and stomps on it before putting it back in your chest. Which sounds horrible (and it is), but it is also amazing.
- One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. This is the HOTTEST couple in romance. Bones is so open with his feelings, and Cat just keeps pushing him away. I read this whole series every year. LOL.
- Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love all of Jennifer’s books, but this is the first time I’d read a love triangle where I really thought the protagonist could go either way. I finished reading this book not sure which way I wanted her to go, which was kind of fun!
- I have so many books I could put here, but I’ll put another I reread a lot for two reasons. First, I reread it a lot, so I know it holds up. But second, it is really long. Like, REALLY LONG. By the time I finish rereading this one, the others will seem fresh. LOL. It’s To Light a Candle by Mercedes Lackey. This is an epic high fantasy with elves and magic and snarky unicorns, but most importantly, a reluctant hero who is also accidentally a badass.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
The first one I can really recall was called Three Women by Anne McCaffrey. I am a HUGE fan of her books, but this was the only purely romance book of hers I ever found. It’s actually an omnibus of three romance novels.
What do you remember about it?
All three stories were mysteries of a sort. None were connected at all, but I loved them.
What did you like most about it?
They were very late eighties/early nineties-esque. Almost ridiculous, but swoony at the same time.
What did you like least about it?
Because of when they were written, they were a bit dated by the time I read them.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
I think I last reread this one like ten years ago? I don’t recall, to be honest. I think it would hold up, though.
Darcy or Wentworth?
(bonus: who’s your favorite Darcy or Wentworth on screen?)
Matthew Macfadyen! swoon
Christian or Gideon?
I actually haven’t read the Crossfire series, but I’m not a Christian fan (too emotionally adolescent for me), so I’ll pick Gideon by default.
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Spock or Kirk?
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunset. If I’m not sleeping at sunrise, there’s been an emergency of some kind.
Angst or humor?
Ugh. Why do I have to choose?!?! LOL. I think you need both.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. All day. Every day.
Wine or beer?
Cake or pie?
When I could eat such things (I’m gluten-intolerant), I preferred pie.
Jeans or a suit?
Car or motorcycle?
ABOUT LARISSA HARDESTY:
Larissa Hardesty is a Young Adult author of speculative fiction. Having lived a fairytale when she met her husband while on vacation at Disney World as a high school senior, all of her stories have at least a touch of romance. When she’s not writing, she can be found pursuing her passion for music as an elementary music teacher and handbell choir director. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and three children.
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