Picking up a hardcover book instantly raises the expectations. You feel the weight, the strength of the spine and pray it translates into an equally powerful story. But who releases hardcover books anymore? Let’s ask our guest today. Welcome Juliana Stone!
OMG for sure! A little secret? I cried when the cute UPS man dropped my box of author copies off. I mean, it’s always been a dream you know? To write a young adult but to have that pretty hardcover in my hands filled me with a lot of emotion.
So yes, I’ve got one on display in my office!
Lexi: Boys Like You is a new direction for you. We all know we love your shifters and League of Guardians, but now you are venturing into YA waters. What drew you to this story?
I’ve always had that goal in the back of my mind…to write a book that my daughter and her friends can read. She’s 15, so a little young for my adult books. I’ve recently migrated to contemporary adult romance so when I decided to take a stab at young adult, I wrote a contemporary book with real issues.
Lexi: Was it a challenge to write YA after Jaxon, Logan and Mac?
It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. The thing that really makes contemporary adult and young adult novels different from say, one of my League of Guardian books is that they’re really character driven. You can’t have magic take care of an issue, or call up a demon to help you out, LOL. That just doesn’t happen in the real world. I think my paranormal books really use my imagination well, the contemporary books helped me to become a better character driven author.
Lexi: We do love our men hot and...sometimes furry. But Boys Like You sounds heart wrenching and moving. Monroe and Nathan have both lost and need to move past guilt. A very difficult thing to do as it is in your mind. Were you challenged as a writer when you pushed Monroe and Nathan through difficult conversations and realizations?
I thrive on angst. I don’t know what it is but I always tend to write dark. So this book has some lighter moments for sure, some swoon worthy moments too….this is first love at its best, but the real issues are dark and angst ridden and these two kids have to deal with. Those kinds of things I love to write.
Lexi: Being young is difficult. The older and wiser of us can enjoy this book, sit back and be happy we don’t have to live through it again. Congrats on your release of Boys Like You! We wish you success!
Thanks so much! I’m so in love with these characters and I hope Monroe and Nathan find their way into your hearts!
The publisher is giving away one copy of BOYS LIKE YOU to one US/CA reader. To enter, just leave a question or comment for Juliana on this post and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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