What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
I adore Sweet Home Alabama. I’m a sucker for southern allure and this movie is full of it. The accents. The sweet tea.The sprawling plantation houses. I love the main character—her spunk and how she grows into herself. She ends up accepting where her heart is meant to be, but not without digging her heals in and fighting it first. Aren’t we all a little like that sometimes?
Blue Crush is all about the waves and sun and beach, but also the unbreakable friendship of three women, and the unyielding determination to pick oneself up after falling. Sure one of the characters finds a man, but I really respect that her real love is surfing, the passion that fuels her.
Pride and Prejudice is an all time favorite of mine. The romance is swoon-worthy, and I can’t help but fall for a man with a rough exterior, but who’s really soft inside, and a woman with a fiery spirit.
I love that Twilight is all about firsts. First time at a new school. First time making lasting friends. First romance.
The Proposal is so incredibly funny. The characters, the unusual situation they get themselves into—needing to fake a marriage so that she can stay in the states—makes for a great real love story.
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
Sweet Home Alabama: “Well for starters, you can get your stubborn selfdown here and give me a divorce.” This part cracks me up. It shows her spunk and determination to head straight into her past with a will of lead.
Blue Crush: There’s a scene where she’s in the ocean, lying on a surfboard, facing a giant wave. Time seems to slow down. She knows this is it—the acumination of her fears and dreams. She has a choice. She can turn around…or face it. She jumps on her board and goes for it, not knowing what the outcome will be. Scared and hopeful. She risks it. To me, this is what it means to truly live. To head right into it bravely.
Pride and Prejudice: “You have bewitched me in body and soul and I love…I love…I love you.” This part shows that he’s in. All in. There’s something incredibly romantic about a man who loves this way.
Twilight: In one scene, a biology classroom, the two main characters finally meet. There’s undeniable chemistry. She notices the little details about him: the change in his eye color, that he was gone for a few days, that he has a tendency to not talk with others, yet he wants to get to know her. It’s the start of an epic love story.
The Proposal: There’s a moment when the main character realizes that she’s not faking anymore. She begins to remember what it feels like to have a family since his is so welcoming to her, which causes her to freak out. She hijacks a boat and falls in the water. Can’t swim. He has to rescue her. Hilarity ensues.
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
I didn’t have any particular scene in mind, but Sweet Home Alabama has a little of the same southern cadence as WICKED CHARM. Since I’m incredibly drawn to southern stories (I grew up in the south…it’s home to me), I would say that if you love the accents and cuisine and scenery, with a dash of thriller, mystery, and romance, WICKED CHARM is the book for you.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
This is so hard! But I suppose it’d be:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. It reminds me that good will prevail, and it has an essence of childhood whimsy.
Fearless by Francine Pascal, because it saved my life as a kid and demands that the reader be brave.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is a classic tale of courage, and is the book that taught me to love reading.
Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson explores what it means to survive hardship, and to connect with the people our soul is meant to love. Plus, the author writes with a southern charm so rich I can taste it.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass has one of the most lushly detailed fantasy worlds I’ve ever read, coupled with characters that burrow under your skin…and the romance is captivatingly seductive and stunning.
Who are your book boyfriends? What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
Rhysand from the Court of Thorns and Roses series is guarded, fearless, and loyal, much like Beau from Wicked Charm. There are no lengths he wouldn’t go to for her, breaking down all his internal walls and protections.
Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices series is charming, brooding, and hard to read, which mirrors Beau. He doesn’t always say the truth at first, as infuriating as that can sometimes be for the heroine. But for as razor-edged as he seems on the outside, there’s something smoother underneath.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read? Pride and Prejudice
What do you remember about it? The feisty heroine being devoted to her family and falling for a hero who seems, at first, to be wrong for her.
What did you like most about it? The trials of the time period.The social classes.The way the hero had blatant faults, like each of us. How the hero and heroine got a happily ever after.
What did you like least about it? That the characters are misunderstood for so long—practically until the final pages—though I suppose that makes the ending much sweeter.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now? Yes, several times. I adore it more each reread, when I get to rediscover scenes I forgot about, or pick up on small moments I overlooked before.
Darcy or Wentworth? Darcy
Rochester or Heathcliff? Rochester
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise
Angst or humor? Both please!
Tea or coffee? Tea
Wine or beer? Neither
Cake or pie? Pie
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven? Scruff
Blue-collar or white collar? Blue collar
Jeans or a suit? Jeans
Car or motorcycle? Car
Thank you for the interview! It was a pleasure, and I hope readers love Wicked Charm!
About Amber Hart:
Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before and After series for teens, and the Untamed series for adults.
About Wicked Charm:
Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.
Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.
Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.
Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.
But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.
When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.