Far and away, my favorite New Adult book(s) on addiction so far have been the ADDICTED series by Krista and Becca Ritchie. Last month during their blog tour you may have witnessed me fangirling out over ADDICTED FOR NOW (which, if you like NA, sexy books, or books dealing with addiction should absolutely be on your TBR list!). Today I am totally thrilled to pick their brains a little more as I prepare to devour the next novella in this series. Here's a little bit about these incredible women and their book babies!
About the Authors
Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter @Becca_Ritchie / @Nawanda_Files and their website: kbritchie.com
Tell us a little about your writer's journey so far:
Becca: I’ve been writing for about ten years. The first couple of years I started writing my stories on legal pads, so I’d say it wasn’t very productive and there’s no way it was very good. But I never stopped writing, and once I entered college, I teamed up with my sister to work on a couple novels. Addicted to You was the one we thought was ready to be shared, and here we are now! The response has been crazy, and we’re just so grateful for all the support and readers.
Krista: I haven’t been writing as long as Becca, but I wrote throughout college and some of high school. I really loved it, and I was so excited when Becca told me she wanted to work with me. We didn’t know what to expect when we published Addicted to You, but I agree with Becca, the response and support has been so amazing.
Okay, let's hear your Twitter Pitch! (140 characters or less.)
Becca: I’ll tackle this one ;) – A female sex addict and her alcoholic best friend pretend to be in a relationship to hide their addictions from their families. #craziness
Krista: Couldn’t have said it any better ;)
What inspired you to write this book? How is it a book only you could write?
Becca: We really wanted to write a story about female sex addiction, and we felt the only way for people to understand the reality behind that addiction would be to juxtapose it with a known addiction—one that’s not as taboo. Like alcohol addiction.
Krista: Answering the second question…Becca and I are twenty-two. We were in our senior year at college when we wrote Addicted to You. Our characters are around our age and they face some of the same insecurities and challenges about becoming adults that we face. We put—however corny this may seem—our souls into this book. It has our humor, our love for dark, emotional dramas, and our beliefs about being twenty-something in our generation.
What's your favorite thing about writing?
Becca: I love creating new people, as weird as that may seem. They become so real to us over the course of writing, and what’s fun is being able to just think about simple things like: how would Rose handle a gym class? Or what would Lily do while shopping for groceries? And being able to construct a scene based on that everyday scenario is actually more fun than it seems.
Krista: Same! I love creating our characters. And being able to talk about them with Becca is an added bonus.
What's your least favorite thing?
Becca: Knowing something is really wrong with the book and not being able to figure out what it is. We’ve had those moments with Addicted for Now and Kiss the Sky where we’re about halfway through and we step back and go, “Dammit, something’s wrong.” And we have absolutely no clue what it is. It’s just this weird insane feeling. We always figure it out, but it eats up our time.
Krista: Agreed. When something is off with plot, pacing, or characters and you just can’t figure out which, it’s a mood killer and a time suck.
Now it's time to brag a little--What do you love most about your book?
Becca: Oh, I love our characters, without a doubt. They’re all so different and unique. They’re constructed based on every little thing. Like environment, psychology, who raised them, their wealth, everything. I love our characters so deeply. They’re flawed, most are assholes, but they’re so lovable in the end…to us anyway.
Krista: Our characters are complete assholes. But I agree, I love them all! They all bring something new and fresh to our books since they’re all incredibly different.
Okay, now a little about you. (And yes, I stole these questions from In the Actor's Studio with James Lipton.)
What is your favorite word?
Becca: Captivate (I rarely use it though)
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on?
Becca: Good sense of humor
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
Becca: Wind chimes
What sound or noise do you hate?
Becca: Crying baby
Krista: Fuzzy television
What profession, other than your own, would you most like to attempt?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear G-d say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Becca: Remember when you fought with your twelfth grade Government teacher, *leans in to whisper* you were right. (Thanks God!)
Krista: Just kidding. Turn around. You’re immortal. J
Finally, what's the one question you've always wanted to answer in an interview? (And of course, you have to answer it!)
If you had to choose to live in the world of one book, what would it be and why?
Krista: The obvious answer here is Harry Potter. Who doesn’t want to be a wizard? But we also have to consider the fact that you could be a muggle. And since I’m not British, I probably wouldn’t be the one wielding the wand. Then again, I think it would be more fun to be a muggle in Harry Potter than it would be to be human anywhere else. So I’m sticking with the obvious answer – Harry Potter.
About KISS THE SKY
Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass … Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared.
Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy.
After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way.
Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer, who’s never been denied a thing, will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity.
This New Adult Standalone Romance can be described as Friends meets The Real World. Expect fist fights, drugs, sex of varying degrees, crude humor and competitive alpha males. Definitely for mature