Hello to our lovely readers! Today we bring you a post that is very special to us for a couple of reasons – first of all, two authors we respect greatly have books being published (and that is always something to celebrate), but also these two stories are the kind that we adore here at the International House of FanFic. Glorious tales immersed with love, drama, heartbreak and bad boy actors. Be still our beating hearts (or what is left of them after reading…lol). Enjoy!
We are so excited to see Olivia Evans aka our gorgeous Livie79, one of our very favourite authors here at The International House of FanFic, publish her first book…we couldn’t wait to tackle her and have a chat…
We can’t tell you how thrilled we are to see you publish your first book, Liv, how does it feel?
Surreal. Overwhelming. Humbling. I have been so scared of the fandom’s reaction to me publishing Hollywood & Vine. Everyone knows publishing fanfiction is a hot button. A ridiculous hot button, but a hot button nonetheless. The last thing I ever want to do is alienate the fandom that gave me the confidence to write in the first place. But God, everyone has been so supportive and amazing. It’s made this confusing, terrifying venture so much better because of the support I’ve received.
After spending time with Anders ourselves, we think that Josie is one part lucky and three parts brave as hell. We have to ask, if you were in Josie’s shoes what would have you done with him? ‘Cause for all our readers out there who don’t know, he’s a bit of a handful…a gorgeous handful, though!
I would have kicked his ass to be perfectly honest. Here’s the thing though, Josie is feisty. There’s a reason she’s never been in love. Whether she wants to admit it or not, she doesn’t want uncomplicated. She doesn’t want a normal easy going guy. She wants someone to challenge her, and no one is more of a challenge than that asshole. LOL
If Hollywood & Vine were made into a movie, who would you like to see play Anders?
Okay, I am super annoyingly anal about this kind of thing. I hate putting the image I see in someone else’s head, because I want them to picture their own image of Anders. But since you asked, I was trolling tumblr one day and came across a picture of Arthur Keller and I was like OH MY GOD IT’S ANDERS. I don’t feel that way about all of his pictures…but this one…this one is hard to deny. (He’s a super model btw)
So…can we ask? What do you have in store for us next??
Funny you should ask that because it honesty depends on the response I get from Hollywood & Vine. I have an idea for a new book that will crossover into the world of Anders and Josie, which means that anyone wanting more of them, a glimpse into their future, this new book would give it to them. I also have a fantasy/fairytale story almost halfway completed and of course to no one’s surprise I have a completely angst fest book outlined. I also have another twific in the works, because I love writing fan fiction. The bottom line is, I have a lot of words and a lot of worlds I want to share, I hope people will come along for the ride.
We can’t thank Olivia enough for sparing some time to chat with us – Thanks Liv!
Maaaaaan, do we love bad boys?! Self-assured or arrogant, charming or cocky, handsome or bed-worthy…there’s something irresistible about them, however we choose to describe them.
Olivia Evans‘s Josie is one of us and can’t quite resist one arrogant, bed-worthy guy in particular. She may loathe the bad boy, Anders, but loathes herself more for wanting a taste of him…she knows his deal.
Olivia (can we still call you Liv?) has made Josie so relatable, so real that we get her. She’s a strong, intelligent woman, who manages to hang on to her sense of humour even on the most challenging of days. Yeah. Challenging days. By which you should read; gut-wrenching, heart-ripping, snot-sobbing days.
So, is Josie a fool for wanting Anders? Well, we’re not going to spoil it, but…we’d be lying if we said we’d do anything differently to her! Liv’s bad boy has a story – and trust us when we say you’ll want to figure it out, figure him out…and probably want him too!
Olivia is truly a great storyteller; she knows how to engage her readers and make them care about her characters. Hollywood & Vine is such a roller-coaster ride. There will be teeth-grinding, pure, unadulterated anger, and you’ll feel the urge to punch things. Oh, and you’ll laugh then sob, but you’ll also swoon and hope. Vague much? Yeah, but trust us, once you’ve read it you’ll understand!
There is something we can be very clear about, though: through it all, you’ll be gripped. Choose a day when your family is busy, when there are leftovers for them to eat, and you can put your phone on silent…and indulge!
Some FicSisters were a tad too shy to fangirl over our next guest in person…luckily we have a brave, intrepid reporter-type amongst our crew who was up to the task; we were so pleased that she was able to catch up with Leisa Rayven to chat about her book, Bad Romeo. *waving* Hi Leisa, we love youuuu!
Tell us about the moment you found out that Bad Romeo was going to be published?
Wow. This is a freaky story. I was in my hometown last January, and as I was walking through the book section of Target, I this truly bizarre feeling came over me. I stopped in my tracks, and turned to my two sons who were with me, and said, “You know what, sweeties? This time next year, Mummy’s going to have a book on these shelves.” They both gave me a “yeah, yeah, sure mum” eye-roll, but later that day, I got an email from my agent telling me she’d sent my manuscript to a major publisher, and even though they were only halfway through it, they were keen to make an offer. Pretty sure I scared a whole bunch of people that day with my hysterical scream.
And now, when I go back to that same Target this coming January, they will indeed be selling my book! Weird, no?
For our readers out there who haven’t had the pleasure of reading about Ethan and Cassie, can you describe each of them in three words? (Yes, we love giving you a challenge .. LOL)
You guys are tough! Okay, here goes …
Ethan: damaged, intense, talented
Cassie: passionate, loving, patient
We are big fans of stories that have actors as main characters, so keeping in the vein, if Bad Romeo were made into a movie (or a Broadway play!) who would you like to see play the main characters?
Ooh, great question!
There’s an Aussie actress called Phoebe Tonkin who’s doing well in the states. (She’s currently in The Originals.) She looks EXACTLY as I picture Cassie, and also seems just as feisty.
As for Ethan, it’s a really hard role to cast. He needs to be dark, gorgeous, intense, and have a real sense of vulnerability. (No pressure!) I think Douglas Booth could pull it off. Of course, the original inspiration for Ethan was Rob Pattinson, but I doubt it’s the sort of role he’d take on these days.
We would imagine that you don’t have a lot of time for reading at the moment, but when you do, what do you love to read?
I have really varied tastes in books. Growing up, I was a HUGE horror nut, and devoured everything by Stephen King and Dean Koontz. But I’m also a huge fan of historical dramas, especially Jane Austen, and I’m also a sucker for paranormal and fantasy books. (I LOVED Laini Taylor‘s Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy. )
Of course, I also read a lot of romance.
What drew you into the FanFiction world?
I love fanfiction! I’ve read some truly amazing stories in the fanfic world and I think it’s a great way for people to explore their creativity. I actually started reading fanfic when Buffy and Angel were popular. I was so frustrated by them not getting together all the time, I searched out stories which gave them their happy ever after. That’s the wonderful thing about fanfic. If you crave a different pairing, or more sex, or a different ending, odds are, someone’s written it for you. Brilliant!
Thank you again for taking the time to have a little fun with us today. It’s been a pleasure to talk about Bad Romeo and we can’t wait for Broken Juliet!
Thank you guys so much for having me. It’s been an absolute pleasure!
Thanks again to Leisa for sharing herself with us, we had a fabulous time chatting and she was a joy!
I’m an angst lover. There, I’ve said it. The more a writer puts their characters through the wringer, the more compelling I find the story, and I love nothing more than having a good cry while turning some pages. I’m pleased to say that Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven fulfilled all my desires, making this reader an anxious mess by the time I finished the book.
Bad Romeo tells the story of Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt, two ‘star crossed lovers’ who meet when they are competing for places at a prestigious drama school in upstate New York. From their first encounter, the chemistry between the two is hot and electric, making the story buzz with their desire. But both of them have issues; Ethan’s exist from the start, and Cassie’s grow as her relationship with Ethan becomes increasingly dysfunctional, hardening her over years.
The story is told in two parallel timelines—the first is six years previously when the two meet, while the second is set in present time when the two of them are cast as leads in a Broadway play. From the start Leisa Rayven lets us know that between the two timelines, somehow Ethan manages to break Cassie’s heart—and her spirit—though we don’t know exactly how.
The writing is exquisite, and the characters compelling and heart-rendingly painful as they react to their circumstances. The beat of the story kept my finger firmly stuck on the ‘next page’ button of my kindle, desperate as I was to find out why these two couldn’t be together. There was also bathos and humor sprinkled in among the angst, which provided some welcome comic relief.
The first of a 2-part series (the second, Broken Juliet, will be released later in 2015), Bad Romeo does have a cliff hanger at the end of the book. In my opinion this in no way diminished the story, and I have to admit I’m already counting down the days until I can get the next book into my grubby little paws.
If you’re looking for a novel with heart, soul and a whole lot of pain in between, I definitely recommend this book.
We would like to thank both Leisa Rayven and Olivia Evans for being so generous with us today. We hope that your books are under a LOT of trees this Christmas, ladies. They will certainly be under ours! As always, thank you so much to our lovely Carrie Elks, who wrote the review for Bad Romeo for us. Mwah, Carrie!!
See you later in the week,