Hello ladies and welcome to Under the Covers. The Erin Watt books have had massive success. Congratulations on your newest release, WHEN IT’S REAL.
Thanks so much for having us! We’re super pumped about this release!
What is your favorite thing about writing Young Adult genre?
The youthfulness. There’s something that’s both refreshing and fun when you’re writing younger characters – a sort of playfulness and melodrama you start to lose as you get older and responsibilities start to settle in.
I’m curious about your writing process. You’ve both done this before with other authors. How do YOU TWO work together as opposed to your other experiences and what are the biggest conflicts/benefits of working with another author?
We have a lot of fun working together. We start out with an idea and start writing, exchanging chapters back and forth. We text, email and call frequently to make sure we’re staying on track with our story ideas.
The biggest benefit is that you are never alone. You always have a sounding board and if you’re stuck on a scene, you can ask for help. We have very few conflicts. When you’re collaborating, you have to be open to both critique and change. Take advantage of having a partner and recognize that two heads can often be better than one.
Rock stars have been all the rage for years! How is Oakley different from other rock stars out there?
You’ll have to read the book to find out! Oakley is completely charming even when he’s full of himself, and those types of lovably arrogant heroes are a blast to write. Despite his Hollywood background and his enormous success, Oakley is not yet sure of who he is. He’s maturing from boy to man, and under the harsh lights of fame, that can be a real challenge.
For fans of your Royals series, what will be the similarities and differences they can expect in this story?
Differences: less drama, less cattiness, less blatant flaunting of social status. Similarities: Lots of feels with a dash of glamour.
For readers of your individual work, how are the Erin Watt books different than what you write solo?
Our solo work is definitely aimed towards a more mature audience. The fun thing about the books we write together is they’re meant for younger readers, but you can enjoy the stories no matter your age.
Of any character you’ve written so far, which one do you identify with the most?
Jen: All of my books have character traits that I identify with. Sometimes the characters are more timid than me and sometimes they are braver. If anything, I suppose they are more social. I’m a private, quiet person in real life.
Elle: I identify with any of my character who are super sarcastic or just plain silly. My sense of humor is usually seen in the sense of humors of my characters.
If you had to pick a song to represent WHEN IT’S REAL, what would it be?
Jen: I don’t know that one song represents the entire book, but I like Charlie Puth’s One Call Away for how Oakley and Vaughn end up feeling about each other at the end.
What’s the last book you each read and recommend?
Jen: The third book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. A Court of Wings and Ruin is just as exciting as the first three. It was my most anticipated book of 2017 and didn’t disappoint.
Elle: I just finished We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver. It was a chilling, brutal, emotional read and I could NOT put it down.
What’s coming up next from you (individually and together!)?
Together we’re currently working on our next Harlequin title and Fallen Heir, the first book of 2 for Easton Royal, which is coming out in August.
Jen is currently working on Kaga’s book, due out mid-to-late summer as well as Played (Gridiron #4) coming in September, and Elle has Stay releasing in June and The Chase (Briar Hockey #1) coming later this year.
Available May 30, 2017!
by Erin Watt
Released: May 30th 2017
Published by Harlequin Teen
From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.
Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.
Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?