I'm so excited to have Christina Lauren on my blog today for an interview! For those who may not be aware, Christina Lauren is a pen name for the two lovely ladies behind Beautiful Bastard. The novel just released yesterday and I would encourage all those romance lovers to hurry to the book store for their own copy!
A little information and a photo of the ladies before we begin:
Christina & Lauren have been writing all kinds of stories together since 2009. This is not the first erotic romance they’ve ever written . . . but it is the first one under this name. Separated by the pesky state of Nevada, these co-author besties talk several times a day, agree that Ruby Pumps is the best nail polish color ever, and would, if given the choice, spend all day staring at the ocean from the San Clemente pier. (Bio from Goodreads.com)Here we go!
I need to know, what was it like for the both of you to receive the news that Gallery books wanted to make your former fanfiction into a book?
INSANITY. Initially Gallery put in an offer, and we seriously freaked out. A few days later they preempted. We must have called each other a hundred times with IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING? And, to be honest, we can’t imagine having worked with any other editor. Our editor, Adam, is amazing, and hilarious, and when we meet him we’ll probably be wearing Team Adam shirts.
Do you two feel preparing The Office for publication as Beautiful Bastard was just like every other draft to finished book process, or were there extra hurdles you didn't expect?
For both of us, our first instinct is to say that it was more fun. The process was very different because we were starting with a completed work that already had a following, and trying to make it into something new, and better. But, it was writing for the simple joy of writing and coming up with ways to top the ridiculousness that was already in the original version.
How did going through the whole publishing process change your writing relationship?
If anything it’s made us closer. We can’t imagine going through this crazy experience without the other to hold our hand and/or slap us when we flail.
What were the scenes or characters either of you enjoyed writing most either in the fan fiction stage or in revisions?
Christina: My first instinct is to say La Perla because it was probably the clearest in my head, but there’s a moment toward the end Lo wrote that ugh, I swoon just thinking about it.
Lauren: I love the San Diego chapters.
What was the decision process behind allowing The Office/Beautiful Bastard to become published?
Christina had been approached several times since 2009 about publishing The Office, but had never been interested. It came down to seeing it posted with different names on other sites, and hearing that copycat versions were being written . . . if it was going to be done, we wanted it done our way.
Is there any advice you’d like to give to writers currently trying to make it to publication?
To keep writing, and once you’ve finished one project, start another. You never know what will strike a chord with an audience. Tell the story you want to tell and don’t give up.
Thanks so much!!
Thank you Christina and Lauren for being so wonderful and answering all of my questions! (P.S. I love the La Perla and San Diego scenes too!) I'm excited to get my hands on a real life copy of Beautiful Bastard. That cover has some serious sexy vibes going. Is there anything better than a man in a suit? *sa-woon!*