Braine: Hi Lacey! Welcome to Talk Supe and thank you for accepting our feature invitation. For those who are not familiar with CRUSH, can you tell us something about it that we won't find in the book blurbs?
Lacey Weatherford: There’s an underlying storyline that deals with stalking and obsession. It’s crucial to the plot, though it’s only touched on lightly. I really liked how it helped to develop things along.
Braine: Which authors or books influenced you and your writing the most?
Lacey Weatherford: I really like some of the old classic stuff. Tom Sawyer, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables. I would say author L.M. Montgomery influenced me the most. I love the way her word imagery drips from the page. It’s like you can smell the air in her stories, she paints the picture so well. And her characters are so vivid you can almost imagine they are people you already know. I love that style.
Braine: Do you have a favorite line from CRUSH?
Lacey Weatherford: I really don’t know. I like all of this book! The first isolated line that pops into my head is one from Hunter’s best friend, Russ, who can be quite the jokester. “I think even inanimate objects were getting turned on by the intensity rolling off you two. There are cars in the parking lot that are probably pregnant now.”
Braine: What was your New Adult phase like?
Lacey Weatherford: Swoony.
Braine: Was it similar to that of your characters?
Lacey Weatherford: No, I actually got married when I was eighteen. My hubby was nineteen and we were crazy about each other. We’d set a date to get married about two years down the road and then decided, “Why wait?” We knew it was right for us, so we just did it. We are coming up on our 23rd wedding anniversary, so I guess it worked. Being married so young does show why I believe that young love can last. Several of the love stories in my family started out as high school/early college romances. We are all happily married years later. Young love can be real love too.
Braine: No wonder you called your own New Adult phase SWOONY. Sorry to break it to you but your life was very New Adult. Maybe not like your characters but it definitely is LOL. Congratulations! 23 years! Wow! Going back to the book, what is it about CRUSH that readers will find compelling?
Lacey Weatherford: They love Hunter and think he’s swoon worthy. I had one reviewer call him the hottest male they’d ever read outside of paranormal. They loved that he had some of those mysterious traits of a paranormal alpha male, but that he was contemporary. I’m pretty sure he’s the hands down favorite of the book. He also has a secret that people are desperate to find out. Some people guess it right away—others never see it coming. It’s kind of fun to watch the reader’s reactions to that.
Braine: The name alone is very Alpha. Can you share a little trivia with us about your characters?
Lacey Weatherford: As far as Hunter’s character, there’s not a lot I can share about him since he was dreamed up from a certain experience I witnessed in my life and it’s a spoiler for some of the book. Ironically, I’ve never pictured the dream cast for this book either.
Cami’s personality was inspired by my oldest daughter, who is a music major, and a big fan of Phantom of the Opera as well. She wasn’t considered nerdy in anyway, but her sweet disposition and tastes are very similar to what I portrayed with Cami. Cami is different in her looks as well, as my daughter is a lovely brunette.
Braine: I hope your daughter liked Cami since it was based on her. So what are you writing next?
Lacey Weatherford: I’m actually working on the sequel to CRUSH, Smitten, right now.
Braine: Great news to all your fans! What book did you recently purchase?
Lacey Weatherford: A more appropriate question might be what book haven’t I purchased recently! Haha I’m buying books all the time and I never have time to read them! I think the last physical book I bought was a signed copy of Amanda Hocking’s, Lullaby.
Braine: Aside from your books, what other New Adult novel or series do you recommend?
Lacey Weatherford: I don’t know if I’ve really read any other New Adult. I did read Abbi Glines, Vincent Boys series, which I believe are YA, but have a NA version of them out now. I really liked the YA versions I got to read. I hope to read some more in the future, if I ever get any time!
Braine: Thanks again for chatting with us, Lace!
Lacey Weatherford: Thanks for having me!
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Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.
It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first "big" book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.
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