Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review and Interview with Romily Bernard:

Review: Romily Bernard is one of my all-time favorite authors, for many reasons!  Shout out to you Rom!  Glad I get to be a part of your team!  
Romily has serious talent in the writing world.  Her ability to bring a story to life is incredible and she never disappoints with her stories.  Find Me was good, I loved it, but it wasn’t perfect and I will be the first to admit that.  Romily is back with her upcoming sequel to Find Me.  Remember Me.  Her writing only got better.  Remember Me, abbreviated: RM, brings back our beloved Wicket and her dreamy partner Griff.  Carson is also back and his attitude hasn’t improved.  Hah!  Bren and Lily are still as sweet as can be, although we do see Bren’s demeanor crumbling on Wick.  We are also introduced to a new character, which in my opinion tops ‘em all right now, Milo.  As you can see this book is filled with some old and some new, but I have to say that RM just did it for me.  It really was amazing.
PLOT:  I will try not to give anything away about the plot, so let me be brief about how much I loved the plot.  Wicket’s world is getting smaller and she’s finding herself trapped in a corner.  She is still being blackmailed into helping Carson and Griff isn’t pleased.  Griff also doesn’t appreciate the newfound friendship between Wick and charismatic Milo.  Wick is receiving information about her mom that she could never have imagined to be true until now.  This subplot keeps us from never having a dull moment in the book.  And of course the main plot begins with someone being brutally murdered and continues along with Wick having to figure out who done it (as us Texans say).  If you like suspense then this is the book for you!
CHARACTERS:  Wicket’s character hasn’t changed.  Her motives, attitude, moral, and situations are pretty much the same.  Although I will say she has grown some.  She has learned to take better care of herself.  But her low expectation of people remains the same and I rightly so.  Griff’s character got a bit whiny and dramatic, but again you can’t really blame him.  But I think he should also have been more supportive of Wick.  We are all flawed….I suppose.  Carson and Milo are my favorite characters.  I love the beauty and complexity of their characters.  They don’t just act upon emotion.  They act more upon instinct and importance of the matter at hand.  Milo and Carson are so vital to the story and you don’t even realize it because they aren’t necessarily “good guys.”  It’s so easy to just miss the importance and integrity they bring to the story.  
I’m so glad I got to read RM and I encourage all to read it when it comes out!  Rom is an amazing new author who deserves the spotlight.  

Hi Romily!  I’m so glad you are able to fit this into your busy schedule!  I always love doing interviews!  I learn so much from authors and I know my readers do too.  So let’s begin!  
1. What was the hardest scene for you to write in RM?
“Haha! ALL of it.”
2.  What was your favorite scene to write in RM?
“The epilogue—you know the part where she meets You Know Who and he tells her what’s about to happen. Yeah, that one. Soooo much fun. I was grinning as I wrote it.”
3.  What were some of the bigger differences (or struggles) between writing RM and FM?
“Mostly, we focused on the fallout from the first book and what that would look like in the second—how would Wick be feeling, what would Bren be going through, how is Lily dealing with it. Very different stuff than the action driven plot of FM. I had to learn to balance the thriller elements with the emotional core.”
4.  Do you have a favorite character?  Why that character?
“Wick’s always fun to write, but Milo pretty much stole every scene he walked into. There’s just something about a cocky hot guy who gets knocked on his rear by a headstrong heroine that always makes me laugh”.
5.  How did you come up with the plot for RM?
“Lots of pacing, pulling my hair out, and sobbing on the phone with Natalie Richards. I’m kidding. I’m kidding. I didn’t actually pull my hair out. It fell out on its own.”
6.  What is your favorite book (that you didn’t write)?
“Oh, wow. There are so many. I think one of my latest favs is BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker. It releases in October and it’s beyond wonderful”.
7.  Who is your favorite author?  Why?
“Oh, man, I don’t know that I could pick just one. I think Lauren Oliver, Ilsa Bick, and John Green are fabulous. I also read a fair amount of Jane Smiley and Margaret Atwood. If it’s a good book, I’ll read it. Sometimes I’ll read it even if it isn’t a good book.”
8.  Who is your favorite book character (that isn’t yours)?  Why?
“I love Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich ONE FOR THE MONEY series. She’s hilarious”
9.  Do you find it easier writing at night or during the day?
“Sometimes, night writing works better for my brain, but it’s worse for my body. I still have to get up in the morning and I definitely need slee.”
10.  What is your favorite animal?  
“Dogs and horses”
11.  What is your favorite song?
“At the moment, it’s Coldplay’s Til Kingdom Come”
12.  What is your favorite childhood memory?
“Probably riding our pony. As a kid, everyone tells you what to do, but there’s a wonderful freedom and autonomy to riding.”
13.  If you found a dead body in the woods while being chased by a man (like Wick in RM) what would you do?
“Probably pass out from shock. Then wake up and study the body for ages while going “Euuuwwwww!” I was fascinated and disgusted when doing research for that scene. Let’s just say, the pics on Google were…intens.”.
14.  What is your favorite TV show?
“Hmmm, I really loved Dexter, but I haven’t seen the final season.”
Last but not least # 15. What is your favorite book quote?
“I looooovvvveee quotes. Probably not surprising, right? One of my current favs is”
“If they hadn't told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn't tried to break me down, I wouldn't know that I'm unbreakable. ” — Gabourney Sidibe

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