Thursday 8 January 2015

Author Interview with Rachel K. Burke, author of Love Bites

Title: Love Bites
Author: Rachel K. Burke
Published: 29th December 2014
Publisher: Harper Impulse

Interview with Rachel K. Burke

1.       Could you tell us the inspiration behind Love Bites?

I’ve always loved stories with love triangles – it started with the old episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 with the Brenda, Dylan and Kelly triangle, and most recently, I loved the book Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. There’s just something so suspenseful about love triangles, and I find myself dying to know the outcome.

2.       What did you enjoy the most about writing Love Bites?

 I loved writing the scenes where Justine and David are instantly drawn to each other, and watching their relationship unfold to a place where it was impossible for them to stay away from each other. It's challenging but incredibly fun to create a situation that's morally wrong, and then make it realistic to readers.

3.       How long did it take you to write?

 About a year.

4.       What do you think makes a good story?

 The page turning element – a story that creates that burning desire to know the outcome. That was why I loved Something Borrowed. It was the only book I ever finished in a day because I was dying to know what happened in the end.

5.       Who was your favourite character in Love Bites?

 Probably David, from a writer perspective. It was fun creating a character who is so charming that he causes the main character to do things she couldn’t imagine herself doing. He’s also such a strong character that, based on the book reviews, stirs up powerful emotions in readers.

6.       What types of books do you like to read?

I more or less read the type of books that I write – new adult, chick lit, contemporary romance. I not only enjoy them, but they’re good inspiration for me for future storylines.

7.       What was the hardest bit about writing Love Bites?

 I was about halfway done writing Love Bites when I received a phone call from HarperCollins offering me a 3-book publishing contract, because they loved my first novel, Sound Bites (the prequel to Love Bites.) So I had to take a break from Love Bites to rewrite Sound Bites, and then revisit Love Bites 6 months later. I had to read the entire manuscript to get back into the story.

8.       Please sum up Love Bites in three words

Suspenseful, controversial, inspirational

A big thank you to Rachel for stopping by my blog. 

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