It’s election day, which means things are going to be tense for the next few hours. We’re unwinding with this awesome Q&A with the lovely Erin Fletcher, author of All Laced Up!
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
Love Actually, 17 Again, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Notebook, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
Love Actually – The signs / “to me you are perfect” scene gets me every time!
17 Again – The “You’re the best decision I ever made, I just forgot” scene is my favorite. Plus, it has Zac Efron AND Matthew Perry in the same scene!
10 Things I Hate About You – The poem! Always the poem.
The Notebook – The rowboat / kissing in the rain scene is my favorite for obvious reasons.
How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days – I love the “that’s how it’s done” scene when they both think they’re playing the other. So adorably naïve!
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
Not really…while I love watching these scenes, I try not to borrow too much from them! The movie closest to All Laced Up is probably The Cutting Edge, but I intentionally did not watch that while writing the book. (It is a great movie, though…toe pick!)
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
That’s such a tough question, and the answer changes fairly often! But here are today’s five…
- Every Day by David Levithan – I love the premise, and it makes me think differently about people and the world, in a good way.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I’d choose this one because it just makes me happy.
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Both the story and the writing style are fantastic. I could easily read this one over and over again.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – It’s a classic for good reason.
- The Bible – It’s a book that’s important to me.
Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
Since I read and write young adult novels, but am not a young adult myself, these would be my book boyfriends if I were still in high school: Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss), Four (Divergent), and Wes (The Truth About Forever).
I like them all for different reasons – Etienne because he’s sweet and gorgeous, Four because he’s smart and strong, and Wes because he’s swoony and mysterious. These guys are similar to Pierce from All Laced Up, because he’s gorgeous, strong, a little bit mysterious, and a lot swoony!
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
I think the first “romance” I read was A Walk to Remember.
What do you remember about it?
I read it when the movie came out back in college (yeah, I’m old), so I remember reading it on my bunk bed in my dorm room while my roommate studied organic chemistry. I remember wanting guys like Landon to exist in real life.
What did you like most about it?
The thing I like most about reading it was escaping from the college world and into Jamie and Landon’s world. I liked pulling for the two of them to end up together.
What did you like least about it?
It was sappy and predictable, but still made me cry like a baby.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
I don’t think I have reread it! It would definitely bring back a lot of memories from college.
Darcy or Wentworth?
Christian or Gideon?
I don’t know either of these!
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Spock or Kirk?
I’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek.
Sunrise or sunset?
Both! I’m a sucker for sunrises and sunsets. But if I had to choose one, I guess it would be sunrise, because I’m a morning person.
Angst or humor?
Depends on my mood, but probably humor most of the time.
Tea or coffee?
Both! But coffee more often than tea.
Wine or beer?
Neither. Liquor or water for me.
Cake or pie?
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
A little bit of scruff.
Blue-collar or white collar?
White Collar! (Probably only picking that one because I love the show…)
Jeans or a suit?
Car or motorcycle?