Things I Can't Forget Tour Stop: Interview

Today on the blog I've interviewed Miranda Kenneally, author of the recently released Things I Can't Forget, as part of the Xpresso Book Tours! Below you will find information about Kenneally's Things I Can't Forget, and then you can read my interview with her after the jump, and you can enter a giveaway as well!

Things I Can't Forget
Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks, #3
Release Date: March 1st, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Number of Pages: 304

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Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Interview with Miranda Kenneally
1) Of all the relationships/romances in the Hundred Oaks series, which one would you say is your favorite and why? 

What a hard question! My favorite romance is between Will Whitfield and Parker, because they both work hard to get to each other, but my favorite friendship is between Sam Henry and Jordan. I like that Sam and Jordan are such good friends, they don’t even notice they’re doing certain things, e.g. brushing their teeth together or hugging each other when they’re all sweaty from playing too much foosball.

2) What type of writer are you: a plotter or a pantser? 

I am most definitely a pantser. I’ve written entire books before figuring out who the love interest is or what the main conflict is. I wish I knew how to outline – it would make writing a whole lot easier!

3) Are there any other projects you're currently working on, or plan on starting soon, that you can tell us about? 

I’m about to start writing a book about a girl who is running a marathon in honor of her boyfriend who died. It was his dream to run a marathon. I’m currently calling it Marathon Girl Ouija Board Book. I’m planning for a Ouija board to play a major role in the love story. But considering I’m a pantser, god only knows if it will actually end up in the final version of the book.

4) Do you ever see yourself branching out from contemporary romances and into other genres? 

Not sure. I might be able to write chick lit. I would love to write a regency historical romance, but I have a hard time writing in 3rd person. Also, those books are long! They are like, 100,000 words. My books are normally around 65,000 words. But I do love regency novels so much, I sometimes find myself talking like a Duke in 1810. At a party this past summer, I accidentally told somebody, “If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a turn about the room.”

5) What are you currently reading?

I just finished reading Jennifer Rush’s ALTERED. Wow, Jenn can write some hot boys. *fans self* I also just read WILD AWAKE, which had great prose. Next I am going to read STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood.

6) What are three things readers may not know about you? 

1. I have a younger brother and sister. My brother likes writing middle grade stories about evil softball players. My sister works at a theater, and she’s the truly creative one in the family – you should see her paintings, and she has crazy ideas for movies.

2. I like making bracelets and necklaces out of hemp.

3. I love playing Nintendo, especially Mario Kart! I’ll take anybody on.

I also have many of my most embarrassing moments listed on my website.

7) What was your favorite moment to write in Things I Can't Forget?

Definitely the scene where Matt takes Kate out on their first date to Chili’s. Kate is completely out of her element when Matt’s frat brothers keep interrupting their date. I liked being the evil author and putting her into difficult situations.

I also like writing the kissing scenes, but I figure that’s obvious. ☺

8) From the beginning of the novel to the end, Kate is met with a good deal of character development in Things I Can't Forget. Is developing characters difficult for you, or does it come easily? 

Developing a damaged/close-minded/mean/strange character into a better person is somewhat easy for me. However, SHOWING why that person is the way they are to begin with is very difficult. All readers think in different ways, so I have to work hard to find some sort of balance to make sure people won’t be *too* pissed at my characters at the beginning of a book.

I’ve learned a lot from reading Sarah Dessen. She’s the master of developing characters, especially in her books THIS LULLABY, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER, and ALONG FOR THE RIDE.



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