Thursday, June 27, 2013

Addicted To New Adult: Interview with Colina Brennan

As we continue to celebrate the New Adult genre (hosted by New Leaf Literary), today I have an interview with Colina Brennan, author of the recently released Addicted To You. So before we dive into the interview, here is a bit about her new book.

"When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter's latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn't a sex addict; she just doesn't do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can't kick."

Interview:
Tell us what your book is about in 140 characters or less.
Addicted to You is about Leah, who has no interest in love because she's convinced everyone eventually lets you down. Then she meets Will. Dun dun dun! :P

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Leah’s situation with her brother is one that echoes my cousin’s. She basically raised her little sister after she challenged her mom that she could do a better job.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Sometimes, I just like a good trashy erotic novel.

*hmmm don't we all*

What were you like in school? Were you good in English?
I was that bookish kid who no one really noticed. I was quite okay with this because I’ve always been uncomfortable with attention. I was also that kid who did obnoxiously well in all her classes, whether that be English or Math. Except for gym. Because... obviously.

*hey that sounds familiar...*

What was the first book that you wrote (if not this one)?
I wrote a lot of short horror stories as a child. Then I graduated to romance novels. From ghosts and murders to flowing raven locks. I’m not sure how that happened either.

Where do you write, and what makes it the perfect place to write? What surrounds you?
I write at my kitchen table. It definitely is NOT the perfect place to write. There’s noise from the TV in the living room and people coming and going and so many distractions. I can rarely get anything done until after hours when everyone is asleep. I really need my own dedicated space!

What first drew you to New Adult?
I didn’t get to experience a lot of what the typical college-aged person goes through because I got married my freshman year and then had a child the beginning of my sophomore year. So I love reading about this time in people’s lives and being able to enjoy those experiences safely through the pages instead.

Why did you want to write a New Adult book?
Little did I know I’ve been writing New Adult for years, well before New Adult was a thing. So I’m glad it has finally gotten the recognition it most definitely deserves.

What does “New Adult” mean to you?
New Adult encompasses that time in your life when you’re trying to find your way in a world where you’re no longer a child but you’re not quite an adult yet either. Discovering how to be completely independent can be daunting—some people fail and others flourish. Either way, it’s bound to be filled with accomplishments and missteps and plenty of quiet adventures.

*I ADORE this answer*

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
J.R.R. Tolkein. How awesome would it be to be able to pick his brain?

*a fabulous choice... as I am sure all other Tolkien fangirls would agree*

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing. Don’t let all the other stuff like social networking or building a platform distract you. The most important thing is how good your book and your writing is. Focus on that first.


2 comments:

  1. J.R.R. TOLKIEN! It would be so awesome to met him!! YES! Loved this post! Great interview, Teresa! I'm going to have to look into this book!

    *flails about*

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    1. Hahaha I actually thought of you when I saw that answer. It would be so awesome to meet him!

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