May 22, 2017

Author Interview with Lizzy Charles

It Had to Be You
Author: Lizzy Charles
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crush


James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boarding school, Edel is now on a mission to learn it all. James says he’ll help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date. 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains red-hot romance, all the feels, and a soul-mate bad boy.
1. What inspired you to write It Had to Be You?

My inspiration for IT HAD TO BE YOU came from a college campus visit to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. The campus was so enchanting that instantly I knew I wanted to write a novel set in a boarding school.

2. Why did you choose to write YA contemporary?

I never originally intended to be a YA Contemp author. My first few stories were fantasy based but it felt like I was pushing a thousand boulders up hill as I wrote. It took a little time for me to realize that just because I liked to read fantasy books did not mean I was meant to be a fantasy author. When you read my work, you’ll see that my books are driven with character and conversation. Once I accepted that, stories flew easily from my fingertips and I was able to connect with my character in a way I couldn’t. IT HAD TO BE YOU is my fourth published novel and I can’t imagine writing outside of contemporary fiction.

3. Favorite book or author?

Deborah Harkness’s All Soul’s Trilogy. (Side Note: I LOVE these too!!)

4. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?

Just sit down and write. You don’t know if love it until you try.

5. What's next for you?

That’s a great question. I have a lot of ideas brewing at the moment and some sticks in the fire I can’t quite talk about yet. But there will be more to come! 

Thank you so much for having me on the blog. It was a lovely interview!

Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us Lizzy! 
Lizzy Charles writes young adult contemporary romance. Her works include IT HAD TO BE YOU, EFFORTLESS WITH YOU, PERFECTLY MESSY, and BRING THE RAIN. She’s a tea fanatic, guacamole expert, and sushi lover. When she’s fixing lunches, dressing kids, or wiping pizza sauce off sticky hands, she escapes to La La Land and imagines all sorts of little love stories. Lizzy loves her daily dose of fitness and is also a RN so she can triage any symptom you send her way. Her best friend from high school is also her husband. Oh and she has a little pup named Professor Lupin who is pretty much the glue to the whole writing operation. 

Be sure to check out my stop on the blog tour for It Had to Be You and enter to win a copy! You can find it HERE.



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