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Over the summer when I met Abbi Glines, she recommended that I read the Brenna Blixen series. She just couldn't say enough nice things about Liz's books so of course I had to read them. I read all three in less than one week and it was at this point that I realized that my YA books didn't always have to have a paranormal element for me to enjoy them. I realized I adore YA contemporary romances, especially steamy ones. Liz Reinhardt knows how to write a steamy scene! And her male characters are swoonworthy!
Please welcome Liz Reinhardt to A Dash of YA!
Liz, I read all three books in the Brenna Blixen series in less than 3
days. I must ask, are you Team Jake or Team Saxon?
Oh no! As a cop-out answer, I will say that I have plans for both
guys to find long, lasting love, because they both deserve it. As far
as who Brenna will end up with? That's not quite as easy...and, to
tell you the truth, I have no real idea. I can remember writing *Junk
Miles* and I'd get up from the laptop so frustrated, so angry at all
of them. My husband would say, "Well, just change it. Just make
it the way you'd like it to be." But it doesn't work like that,
at least not for me. I write with no real plans. I just let the
characters take me where they want me to go, and I follow, sometimes
kicking and screaming! I love Jake's good heart, his resiliency and
determination to make his life better. I love Saxon's hilarious wit,
his growth from a cold bad-boy to a vulnerable lover, and his
But I just can't choose ;)! I know...lame!! Hahaha!
When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Was there a defining
moment when you knew this was what you were meant to do?
I was young, I did really well in English classes, but I thought I'd
be an anthropologist. In high school, I was pretty sure poetry could
take me far, because I was very caught up in the poetry movement in
my artsy little high school. Through college, I was a double major in
women's studies and art history, and I'm glad that I pursued English
as a minor, because exploring other interests helped me grow. And it
kept reading and writing as a love for me. It was never a chore. When
I was a senior, I was supposed to be writing a bio paper, but I
started writing this crazy historical romance. I did eventually
finish my bio project, but that book...I grabbed on and finished. I
went on to write and submit several adult romances before I finally
found my true passion with Brenna's books. Those I knew were the real
deal because I was absolutely in the zone, writing when I should have
been sleeping and eating and hanging out. I was addicted, and it
never slowed down or stopped.
you set out to start writing a book, do you outline or just go with
am a total, absolute go-with-the-flow kind of writer! I fall in love
with my characters and really burrow deep into their heads. And once
I'm way, way, way into the characters' lives, I just let them take
the reins and tell me what will happen next. I trust them, even when,
in the back of my head, I'm like 'What?! This will never work!' When
I'm working on a book, I'm very focused until it's finished, and I
absolutely live their story as it unfolds. It's a gorgeous surprise
to me what will happen to them.
do you write such incredibly sexy scenes? Every time I try I usually
end up blushing!
That is an awesome compliment! Thank you ;)! Well, I think one big
piece is that I'm still really super giddy in love with my husband.
We've been together for eleven years, married for eight, and I still
run out to meet him when he comes home from work everyday. I was also
raised by parents who were very open and accepting of the body and
sex and never made me feel like I had anything to be embarrassed
about. They were super strict about contraceptives and safe sex and
we always talked very openly. My husband jokes that I can't blush ;)!
I think feeling open about sex and respecting what a beautiful and
important thing it is in a loving relationship makes it easy for me
to write about. And I very much appreciate that readers have given me
such positive feedback. I love reading sexy scenes, so I love that my
sexy scenes have been enjoyed.
co-wrote LENGTHS with Steph Campbell, what was your favorite part of
loved every single part of writing with Steph, but the best part, by
far, was that our friendship really grew. I always admired her as an
incredibly talented writer and an awesome person, but writing is a
very intimate process. We were showing each other all of our deepest
secret thoughts in their roughest forms, and you need so much trust
to do that. Writing together was a completely respectful,
unbelievably fun, incredibly energizing exercise. I would wake up so
excited to see what Steph had written and wanted to challenge myself
to write something that would match her awesomeness. The strangest
thing was that we didn't wind up meeting face to face until the
Chicago author event this September! It was absolutely amazing and
I'm so grateful to have Steph in my life. I love her as a co-worker
and a close friend!
know FALL GUY was recently released and has received fabulous reviews!
Congrats! Do you have anything you are currently working on?
you so much! I've been blown away by the sweet response people have
had to Winch and Evan's story! I am deep in Benelli's book right now.
I love it, because she's pretty much the polar opposite of her
brother on every count, and her love story is so unexpected. She
really drags her feet over not just love, but life. So, even though
she's so different from Winch, she's also got those same Youngblood
hangups. And, of course, finding love is going to help her open up to
so many possibilities.
Thank you very much, Liz!
you so much for interviewing me, Erica! I absolutely loved these
questions and so enjoyed sharing!!