Welcome to today’s stop on the Amour Amour promo tour!! I am incredibly excited to be a part of it! We have Krista & Becca Ritchie on the blog here again for an interview!
And in case you missed it – Amour Amour is HEEEERE!!!!!
Author Interview: Krista & Becca Ritchie
5 words to describe Amour Amour?
Krista: Circus, Acrobats, Love, Sex, Dreams – I went with five different words, not a sentence. Now I challenge Becca to make a 5-word sentence *grins in excitement*
Becca: Nikolai allures Thora with his…. (I ran out of words, sooooo I’m leaving the rest to your imagination!)
Why did you decide on having the circus as the setting of the book?
Krista: We’ve always found the circus interesting, far before we ever started writing. After we went to Vegas, we knew that the Vegas circus had to be the setting. It was enchanting and different. Plus, we were already shipping acrobats and aerialists while we were watching the Cirque du Soleil show. We just had to make a romance around it.
Becca: Oh yeah, we came out of that Vegas show dreaming about an acrobatic romance and we both looked at each other and were pretty much like “yep, we have to write this!”
What kind of research did you need to look up for Amour Amour?
Krista: We did so much research. We didn’t have any prior knowledge about the technique or fundamentals that go into being an acrobat – aside from the documentaries we watched years ago. So we had to look up lots of terms. I love researching, so it was really fun to delve into the technical sides of things.
Becca: Exactly what Krista said! I think we both have this natural desire to get “behind-the-scenes” of places we can’t be. And so we love documentaries that explore these different worlds, and then we have the ability to create a story and characters encompassing it. Thankfully there were plenty of sources and outlets to delve deeper into this specific type of circus.
How did you come up with the names for Thora and Nikolai? (LOVE Nikolai’s name, btw 😉 )
Krista: There are a handful of girls names that we know we want to write with in the future. Thora was among them. And so it was an easy choice. She was in that pot of names initially because of the actress Thora Birch. We love her. And we’re obsessed with the movie Now and Then so that’s how it came about.
Becca: We LOVE Thora Birch! And we knew Nikolai’s name had to have Russian roots, and of a long list, we gravitated towards this one the most.
How different was it writing Amour Amour than writing the Addicted series?
Krista: The main difference was that we had to meet and create these characters for the first time. We hadn’t done that since Addicted to You, since the Addicted series is so long. It was a little bit of work, but really enjoyable. We also had to focus on closure for Amour Amour since it’s a standalone.
Becca: The research aspect is another difference. We’ve never had to research this much for one singular book, but it’s been so much fun. Our love and admiration of aerialists and circus performers has only grown.
I need to know… How sexy is Amour Amour? (Nikolai sounds like a very dreamy man…)
Krista: It’s pretty sexy. It’s not in Nikolai’s POV but from Thora’s point of view, there is still definitely some steam. He’s a 6’5’’ Russian-American athlete after all 😉
Becca: The steam is high! Nikolai is very confident in bed, and Thora has never been with someone quite as…masculine as him.
(Suuuper happy about this!)
What was your favorite scene in Amour Amour?
Krista: I won’t be able to say it now because it’s a spoiler, but it’s one of the more emotional scenes between Nikolai and Thora. I’ll definitely reveal it on our Tumblr whenever it’s safe to start spoiling.
Becca: My favorite is a scene at the end, which I can really talk about, but a close second is the opening first few chapters. It’s one of my favorite beginnings of a book that we’ve written.
And lastly, what was the best part about writing Amour Amour?
Krista: Definitely creating those themes and characters. It’s everything we wanted it to be and more. I also love how well it fits in with our other books. It just feels like it can exist in the same world and universe we’ve created – which I love.
Becca: This book has such a special place in our hearts. We admire Thora so much, and I think she’s taught us a lot about courage and about stepping outside our comfort zones, even if it’s like wearing a size-zero turtleneck in the summer. Amour Amour impacted us, and we’re truly happy that we didn’t give up on it. After so many rewrites and months, we thought the concept might’ve been infeasible. But we kept trying. And here we are now 🙂 It’s been a joy, and we really hope you all love it too!
Thank you so much for the interview, Krista and Becca!!
Thanks so much for having us on your blog, Lacey!!! ❤ ❤
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