Welcome to today’s stop on the Fuel the Fire promo tour!! I am soooo excited to be a part of it and to share the fantastic author interview I had with Krista & Becca Ritchie!
Fuel the Fire releases on April 3rd, which is only ONE WEEK away!! I can’t freaking WAIT for more Connor and Rose – they are one of my FAVORITE fictional couples ever.
ONE. MORE. WEEK!!!!
Author Interview: Krista & Becca Ritchie
5 words to describe Fuel the Fire?
Krista: I never know if I’m supposed to answer this with five unrelated words or make a sentence, so I’m challenging Becca to make a sentence. Here are my 5 words: Romantic, Emotional, Intelligent, Surprising, Sexy
Becca: 5 words: how do you measure love
How was it like being back in Rose and Connor’s POVs? Was it as difficult as it was the first time?
Krista: It was almost harder than the first time. I think we both can attest that Fuel the Fire is the most difficult book we’ve ever written. The challenge was returning to Rose and Connor after being in three different couples’ heads (Lilo, Raisy, and then Nikolai and Thora from Amour Amour) for the past year. On top of that, we had forgotten how challenging writing with Connor really is. He’s a character that diffuses conflict, which makes it that much harder.
Becca: I think it took us a little bit of time to adjust, but once we did, their POVs were a nice welcome back 🙂 Of all the characters too, I feel as though Rose & Connor challenge us to be better writers. We have to elevate our style to match who they are, and I love them for that. At the end of writing Kiss the Sky and now Fuel the Fire, I had this overwhelming feeling, knowing we did our absolute personal best—and it’s so rewarding to experience that.
What was the best part about writing Fuel the Fire and being in Rose and Connor’s POVs again?
Krista: The banter, definitely. They just have their own way of conversing that’s so unique to them. It’s actually going to be sad to walk away from it. They’re also just such a romantic couple and adding that with their love-hate relationship, it creates this wonderful paradox that’s so much fun to write.
Becca: We can also elevate the lingo and use words that we’d crave to use in other POVs but the other characters don’t say often. Like “indignant” or “fervent” are two that I can name right now. Like Krista, I also loveeee writing their banter, and for Fuel the Fire, we were able to go back in time and write their first time meeting each other (which is the prologue). I could probably write a whole “Rose and Connor: the Younger Years” book because their wit is so much fun for us.
Will there be any OMFG moments (like the EPIC lap dance! *giggles*) in Fuel the Fire?
Krista: Yes! We always have a variety of OMFG moments in our books but we never know which one readers will pick out as the OMFG moment (*ahem* the lap dance). We know there are tons of shocking moments in this one, so I’m really excited to see which one readers will deem worthy of being the OMFG moment.
Becca: I agree with Krista on this one. After we wrote Kiss the Sky, we had no idea that everyone would love the lap dance to that extent. We always try to add unexpected moments into the books that we consider OMFG worthy, but we’re waiting to see which ones you think will be THE moment when you all read it 😉
Do you know the word/page count for Fuel the Fire? (PLEASE tell me it’s going to be a chubby book!)
Krista: We’re actually compulsive editors, so we don’t know if we’re going to delete something a couple days before the release. What we can say is that Fuel the Fire is longer than Addicted After All, which is our biggest book.
Becca: It’s chubby for sure 🙂
Since you two aren’t parents, did you have to do a lot of research for everything baby-related?
Krista: We did have to do research. And luckily one of our cousins is a young mom, so we were able to ask her for some tips.
Becca: Our mom also provided insight and stories and answered any questions we had, so we always knew we could turn to her.
How do you two feel about Fuel the Fire being the final book in Rose and Connor’s POVs?
Krista: It’s so bittersweet. On one hand, I hate saying goodbye. On the other hand, I know this is the right story for them and that they have enough closure where there can’t really be another book. And Fuel the Fire almost wasn’t going to happen. It was really by the power of the fans of this series that we decided to go forward with it last year, so I look at it as more of a blessing than anything.
Becca: Yep, when we wrote Kiss the Sky, we never planned to write in Rose & Connor’s POV again. I had more bittersweet feelings back then, I think. The feeling of this one is more like yes. Thank God we did this. Thank God we had fans who wanted us to write this. Thank God we grew the courage to finish it. I can’t even imagine this book not existing. It gives so much depth to Rose & Connor and their beings, and so I’ve ended this journey with them just completely happy and satisfied. It’s one of the best feelings.
Lastly, can you give us a non-spoilery teaser about my #1 book boyfriend AKA Connor Cobalt? *bats eyelashes*
Krista: Oh gosh! A non-spoilery teaser is going to be hard. Hmmm. You’re going to see lots of different sides to Connor Cobalt in this book. It goes a lot deeper than Kiss the Sky ever did.
Becca: We’ve been very hush, hush on the spoiler front, but I suppose I can give a tiny, tiny one and say that Sadie (Connor’s cat) will be talked about in FTF 🙂 Rawr!
Reading Order: Addicted/Calloway Sisters series
#1 ~ Addicted to You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Ricochet: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Addicted for Now: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Calloway Sisters #1 ~ Kiss the Sky: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Calloway Sisters #2 ~ Hothouse Flower: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Thrive: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Addicted After All: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Calloway Sisters #3 ~ Fuel the Fire: Goodreads (April 3, 2015)
Calloway Sisters #4 ~ Long Way Down: Goodreads (2015)
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