Author Spotlight + Interview + Giveaway: Christina & Lauren

We are stoked to have Christina and Lauren on the Blog today in our continuing Blogversory celebration .  You all know how much we love them and how much we fangirl over their books. LOL Christina and Lauren are the sweetest girls ever and we were lucky enough to have met them last year at Book Bash and we are even more excited about seeing them again this year at BEA and Book Bash!  

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates and brain-twins, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, NYT/USA Today/#1 International bestselling authors of several Young Adult and Adult Fiction titles. Some of their books have kissing. Some of their books have A LOT of kissing.
Q1. You are very descriptive about certain places in your books.  For example, you give lots of details about certain clubs, buildings, and restaurants. Are these real places or pure imagination? If they are real, how did you research for them? 

We love that people notice that! We put a lot of time into making the places in our books feel real, especially for something like Sweet Filthy Boy, in which a large portion takes place in Paris. We want our books to offer escape; maybe giving readers a glimpse of places they may not have seen yet, or even a trip down memory lane if they have. Also, a lot of our locations are places that mean something to us, personally. Other times they exist only in our imagination, like Red Moon, the club Max and Sara visit in Stranger.

Q2. Where do you get your inspiration for your male characters? Do you two have a secret island full of these hot specimens that we don't know about? Because I have to tell you, that all of them are out of this world.

Thank you!! Some of their qualities come from the men in our lives—husbands, friends, family. Maybe we take a bit from men we’ve seen in movies who make us laugh or swoon. But overall we try to balance their good with their bad; no one is perfect and we like our characters to have some flaws, too.

Q3. What inspired you to write your first book?

We had been writing together online, posting fanfiction. And it was so fun, and so easy together that we decided to write a young adult novel. This is what got us signed to our agent in late 2011, and both genres (YA and adult) sold soon after. We both love writing and reading romance in almost any form.

Q4. What was the hardest part about writing the Beautiful Bastard series?

 It was more fun than hard, to be honest. The trick last year was the publication schedule. We had a book out Feb, Apr/May, July, Sept, Oct, and November of last year, with only two of those written when 2013 started. It was a lot of work, but it was way more fun. It’s actually difficult to think of anything we would say was “hard” about it. We’re so lucky we have an awesome team and enthusiastic readers. 

Q5. Was it difficult making the transition from Adult to Young Adult?

We were writing M-rated fiction, and reading a lot of YA, and then we were writing YA books and reading a lot of M-rated fiction, so no. Ha! It wasn’t hard. Like we said above, we love writing and reading romance, and when we say this we mean teen romance, adult romance—whatever it is, we love it. So the switch for us isn’t hard. In fact, we love that we get to play in both worlds. Sometimes we need a little break from the adult books in order to read and refill our YA well, if you will. And when we finish a YA book, we are often ready to get back to writing more steamy scenes. Being able to do both, we think, makes us better.

Q7. What can you tell us about Sweet Filthy Boy? 

 Sweet Filthy Boy was an idea that we conceived and outlined when we were in Paris last year when we were visiting for the launch of BASTARD in France. It was such a magical trip, and totally whirlwind. Even though we were only there about a week, we both fell in love with the city. When we were getting each other Happy Paris Trip! gifts at the Michael Kors there, we met a woman who was from California and who had recently moved to Paris with her French husband. She leaned closer to Christina and said, “There’s a story there.” The idea kind of budded and grew and we stayed up late outlining. The idea of a Vegas wedding and the What Next has been done a hundred, maybe a thousand times already. But we like those tropes, and we like making them new again in our voice. So Ansel & Mia’s story was created. We love this book so much; although we love all of them (we do!), this one has a special place for us because it’s the first book of this new series and we really do think it’s one of the best things we’ve ever written.

Q8. Have you had any awkward moments with any family members or friends due to the type of genre that you write?   

 Oh, sure. But we just own it. It’s easy for us to forget that not everyone is as matter-of-fact about erotica as we are. This is a huge part of our job, and therefore a huge part of our day-to-day lives. Not everyone reads it, and not everyone wants to. But we are lucky in that everyone who loves us has been nothing but excited for this, and most of them think it’s just a trip. 

Quick-Fire questions

Beach or Mountains?
Lo: Mountains
 C: Beach

Coffee or tea?

Chocolate or Candy?
 Lo: Chocolate, C: Sour patch kids

E-reader or book?

Leather or lace?

Morning or night?

Dirty or flirty?
Both, of course.
U.S. Only


We are celebrating our 1 year Blogoversary this month and we have some great giveaways going on all month long.  Make sure to check them out!

Giveaway #1 - Owl necklace
Giveaway #2 - Signed Copy of Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Giveaway #3 - A copy of The Fault In Our Stars (Movie tie-in)
Giveaway #4 - A copy of How to Love by Katie Cotugno (Giveaway Hop)


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