Monday, 10 October 2016

ALL LACED UP by Erin Fletcher - Book Birthday Interview!

Today is a happy, happy day! It always is when a new book comes out from one of my very favourite authors, Erin Fletcher. ALL LACED UP is released today from Entangled, so you should definitely grab yourself a copy.

In the meantime, I had a few burning questions for Erin about her fab new romance, and she was kind enough to answer - check out the interview below.

Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.

When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.

But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.

Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…

Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…

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Book Birthday Interview

Kat: I'm a huge fan of your writing and cannot wait to get stuck into this one! For those who are new to your books, can you finish this sentence? "ALL LACED UP will appeal to readers who love...."

Erin: ...The Cutting Edge! That movie seems to come up anytime a romance between a figure skater and a hockey player is involved, but for good reason. It's a classic!

Kat: As a person who is balance-challenged even on dry land, I love reading about those who have mastered the ice. What inspired you to write an ice skater romance?

Erin: I was inspired by my own experiences as a figure skater. Though I never reached the elite level that Lia reaches, I did skate from about middle school through college. I was even on my university's synchronized skating team! (Yes, it's a thing. Yes, it's like synchronized swimming, except the water is frozen.) It was so much fun reliving those experiences while writing Lia's story!

Kat: Who could you picture playing Lia and Pierce in the movie version of ALL LACED UP?

Erin: That's a tough question because the actor and actress need skating skills! Actually, I picture figure skaters and hockey players playing the parts instead. Maybe a young version of Sara Hughes for Lia and a young Sidney Crosby for Pierce.

Kat: As an author who I know is super keen on music, do you make playlists for your books? Care to share a couple of songs that you feel connect to ALL LACED UP?

Erin: Even though I love music, I don't typically make playlists for my books. I do have a few songs that connect to Lia and Pierce, though!

One of Lia's programs is set to this song. Her favorite part is the contrast at the end when her final spin speeds up as the piano notes slow to a close.

Since ALL LACED UP is set in the metro-Detroit area, this feels like a song Pierce and his teammates would play to get pumped up before a game.

In order to pass the time on long bus rides, Pierce and his teammates make ridiculous videos of themselves singing along to pop songs. I can picture the team singing along to this in awesomely terrible falsetto.

Kat: I couldn't help noticing that ALL LACED UP is listed as 'Breakaway #1' on Goodreads.... Does this mean there will be more ice rink romance skating our way?? (See what I did there?) What can you tell us about it?

Erin: Ha! Love it. And good eye...that is exactly what it means! Keep an eye out for Pierce's teammate Luke Jackson. Jackson is getting his own book and romance! Of course, there will be plenty of appearances from Pierce and Lia in Breakaway #2!

Kat: Thanks Erin! Can't wait for Jackson's story :-)

Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.

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