Author Chat with Cameron Lund (Heartbreakers and Fakers), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Cameron Lund author of
Heartbreakers and Fakers.
Read on for more about Cameron, her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Cameron Lund!
Cameron Lund is a young adult author, singer/songwriter, and pizza enthusiast. Originally from the middle of the New Hampshire woods, she moved to the beach to study film at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has stayed out west ever since. Her love of travel has taken her to more than twenty-five countries--there's nothing she loves more than writing while on an adventure somewhere, preferably with a view of a waterfall. Cameron is also the author of The Best Laid Plans. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @camloond.
Meet Heartbreakers and Fakers!
From the author of The Best Laid Plans comes another fresh voiced, hilarious rom-com perfect for fans of Tweet Cute and The Rest of the Story.
Penny Harris just ruined her life.
As one of the most popular girls in school, she's used to being invited to every party, is dating the Jordan Parker, and can't wait to rule senior year with her best friend, Olivia. But when Penny wakes up on Jordan's lawn the morning after his first-day-of-summer bash, she knows something went terribly wrong the night before.
She kissed Kai Tanaka.
Kai, her long-time nemesis. Kai, Olivia's boyfriend. Penny can't figure out what could have inspired her to do it--she loves Jordan and she would never hurt Olivia--but one thing's for sure: freshly dumped, and out a best friend, the idyllic summer she pictured is over.
And despite the fact that Jordan seems to be seeking comfort (and a whole lot more) in Olivia, all Penny can think about is winning him back. Kai wants to save his relationship too, so they come up with a plan: convince their friends that they really do have feelings for each other. After all, no one can resist a good love story, and maybe seeing Penny and Kai together will make Jordan and Olivia change their minds.
But as summer heats up, so does Penny and Kai's "relationship," and Penny starts to question whether she's truly faking it with Kai, if he's really as terrible as she always thought he was, and if the life she's fighting so hard to get back is the one she really wants.
~ Author Chat ~
- What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I love tropes and I wanted to see if I could play around with a lot of them and combine them in a new way. Heartbreakers and Fakers is a combination of a lot of my favorite things to write and read about: messy teen girls, complicated friendships, enemies-to-lovers romance, fake dating, and characters who have a lot of learning and growing to do. When I first started writing this book all I knew about the story was that it was going to start with a girl waking up on the lawn the morning after a party not being able to remember the night before but knowing that she did something bad. The rest of the book flowed from there. I'm very inspired by modern teen adaptations of Shakespeare comedies where everyone starts the story in the wrong place or with the wrong romantic partner and throughout the play they need to put everything back into order; how in figuring out themselves and who they want to be first they can then figure out who they're meant to be with.
- Which came first, the title or the novel?
I love coming up with titles, but I didn’t create this one until after the book was finished! But I think it fits so well. The “fakers” in the title can mean so much, the most obvious being Penny and Kai’s fake feelings for each other. But it also references the fake friendships between the girls in the story, and how Penny is always “faking it” and trying to fit in. The characters need to learn how to own up to their mistakes and be more real with each other and with themselves.
- What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
All of the scenes between Penny and Kai were so fun to write; the little moments as they slowly start to learn about the real people under the tough exteriors. There are a few super tropey scenes between them at the cabin on the lake that I think are a lot of fun. I also really liked writing Penny and Olivia's dynamic. While this is technically a love story, it's also a friendship breakup story and a story about a girl learning to love herself first and foremost. Penny and Olivia's relationship is the crux of this book and the scenes where they start being real with each other mean a lot to me.
- What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love how bright and colorful it is! And the little details like the ice cream, the friendship necklace and the bathing suit top are so cute (and they match the cover of my first book The Best Laid Plans!) I’ve always loved illustrated covers and Carolina Melis has done such a great job with both of mine. They make me so happy!
- What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2021?
I can’t wait for the Rehearsals, by Annette Christie, and Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl! Fresh, by Margot Wood, The Charm Offensive, by Alison Cochrun, and The Night When No One Had Sex, by Kalena Miler. There are so many!
- What was your favorite book in 2020?
That’s a tough question! There were so many amazing books in my debut class. I also loved Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon.
- What’s up next for you?
Currently taking a much needed break but then I have another YA romcom in the works that I’m excited to dive into!
- Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I had to be very purposeful and find a delicate balance when writing Penny because I knew I wanted to start the story off with her being an unlikeable character who is a little mean and makes some bad and selfish choices. The book starts with Penny cheating on her boyfriend with her best friend's boyfriend which is a pretty unforgivable act. But I wanted her to be nuanced enough that you realize she's not a terrible person--she's just letting her insecurities and her anxieties win. In the first draft of the story Penny was even worse but I think that made her hard to root for, so I had to pull it back and make her a little more likeable so readers wouldn't fully hate her--just hate her a little bit.
- Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Whichever part I'm not currently under deadline to do! No, but seriously it depends. If I'm really excited about an idea and the words are flowing I love drafting. There's nothing like getting into that flow state where the characters lead the action and the book seems to write itself. But if I'm feeling creatively stuck, then revising is much easier because it's just solving little word puzzles over and over!
- What would you say is your superpower?
I was trying to think of something personality based here but I think it’s hard to dig deep and figure out what I’m best at, sooo I’ll go with something technical and say music! I started playing violin when I was five so it’s become such a part of me that I can now pick up any instrument or tune pretty easily. Now I play violin, guitar, piano, and dabble in mandolin, ukulele, and trumpet. And I love to sing!
Heartbreakers and Fakers
By: Cameron Lund
Release Date: June 8th, 2021
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers / Razorbill
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