SPOTLIGHT ON……CHRISTINA LAUREN

Most of us ladies on the blog are big fans of Christina Lauren.  Their Beautiful series is amazing and there is talk that it Beautiful Bastard may be made into a movie.  We are thrilled that they decided to answer some of our questions and we hope you are too.

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 Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Lo had a career in science, but has written her entire life. Christina only started writing in her 30’s.

Are you a full time writer? If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”
Yes. Lo has a PhD in Neuroscience where she studied pain management and macular degeneration. Christina worked in a Jr. High school

 If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Wear sunscreen. Also: Do exactly what you’re doing; everything will be okay.

Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
We try to only draft one book at a time, but are often drafting one book, doing revisions on another, and Pass Pages (proofs) on something else

Let’s play favorites! Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
Bennett’s voice comes very naturally to Lo, so she always enjoys writing him. Her favorite would probably be Will, Finn or Harlow. Christina’s favorite is Ansel but Luke is quickly stealing her heart.

 Have you experienced any of your stories personally?
Certain small details/characteristics come from real life, but none of our books are about us/any one person

What are your biggest distractions?
Christina: the Internet and Harry Styles’ dimples.
Lo: Someone needs to take away my access to Boden online.

 What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
Competition between writers. Books aren’t like cars, people don’t buy just one. The success of one brings more people to books and helps us all.

 Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
No, it sometimes comes more easily

What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
Spending time with our families, reading. Lo loves seeing her trainer and Christina has fallen in love with her pole fitness class. Lo loves to cook and Christina loves to garden. This could be a long list.

 Do you have a favorite author or book?
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.

Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
No. There are as many ways to tell a certain trope as there are writers. Every voice is different.

 Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?
We think everyone struggles at some point. Sometimes you just have to step away. Writing is a creative process and our brains aren’t machines. There are moments when you need to just buckle down and get words on the page/screen to get over a mental hump, but there are also moments you need to refill the well and read/watch something/listen to music etc.

 Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?
We both jot things down in our phones when they come to us

 What does your writing workspace look like?
We each have an office in our houses, but we’d both agree they’re beginning to feel a bit cramped.

 Sharing your work with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
You don’t, at all. This is where we feel like we’ve won the author lottery: we have each other. Generally we make a point of not looking at reviews, but a few inadvertently make their way in front of your eyes. If we’re really upset by something we read, we talk to each other. We never, ever confront the person or talk about it publically. Rule #1: Don’t be a dick Rule #2: Don’t feed the trolls.

Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?
We rarely find a celebrity and say this is So and So. But we do need a general idea of what they look like because despite what we might like to think, we don’t actually share a brain. In that case we might find a model or photo online and say, “Like this?”

 Can you tell us what you are working on next?
Right now we’re writing a standalone romance novel.

What is in your purse right now?
Christina: I’m a giant whiner and will complain if my bag is too heavy. Because we’re not traveling it’s a small bag and contains only a tiny wallet, keys and lip gloss. If we were out of town there would be a medicine bag and a bag of cosmetics.
Lo: My phone, wallet, lipstick and a bag of random things that I’m sure my kids will need as soon as we leave the house (aka Kleenex, Tide stick, Wet Wipes).

 Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?
Christina: To this day my two favorite scenes are probably the Metro scene in Sweet Filthy Boy and the surfing scene is Wicked Sexy Liar.
Lo: I love the Party and ceramic Jesus scenes in Player, the first sex scene in the hotel in San Diego in Sweet Filthy Boy, and the battle scene at the end of The House

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Books by Christina Lauren

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MORE ABOUT CHRISTINA LAUREN

NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHORS
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced eleven New York Times bestselling novels including Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Player, Sweet Filthy Boy and Dirty Rowdy Thing. Their books have been translated into 25+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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