Author Chat with Christine Riccio (Better Together), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Christine Riccio author of
Read on for more about Christine, her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Christine Riccio!
Christine Riccio is the New York Times bestselling author of Again, But Better. She’s been on a quest to encourage more humans to read since the third grade. Her YouTube channel PolandbananasBOOKS has over 400,000 book-loving subscribers. She makes comedic book reviews, vlogs, and writing videos chronicling the creation of her novels. She’s also one of the three YouTubers behind BOOKSPLOSION—YouTube’s longest-running book club. She graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in Film and TV and now lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Meet Better Together!
Freaky Friday meets The Parent Trap in New York Times bestselling author Christine Riccio's Better Together, a sparkling and heartfelt story about sisters, second chances, finding romance, and finding yourself.
Jamie’s an aspiring standup comic in Los Angeles with a growing case of stage anxiety.
Siri’s a stunning ballerina from New Jersey nursing a career-changing injury.
They’ve both signed up for the same session at an off the grid Re-Discover Yourself Retreat in Colorado. When they run into each other, their worlds turn upside down.
Jamie and Siri are sisters, torn apart at a young age by their parent's volatile divorce. They’ve grown up living completely separate lives: Jamie with their Dad and Siri with their Mom. Now, reunited after over a decade apart, they hatch a plot to switch places. It’s time they get to know and confront each of their estranged parents.
With an accidental assist from some fortuitous magic, Jamie arrives in New Jersey, looking to all the world like Siri, and Siri steps off her flight sporting a Jamie glamour.
The sisters unexpectedly find themselves stuck living in each other's shoes. Soon Siri's crushing on Jamie's best friend Dawn. Jamie's falling for the handsome New Yorker she keeps running into, Zarar. Alongside a parade of hijinks and budding romance, both girls work to navigate their broken family life and the stresses of impending adulthood.
~ Author Chat ~
1) What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
My parent’s divorce has been this monster perpetually lurking in the background of my life for the last fifteen years. I’m 30 — so it’s been a reoccurring source of family drama throughout the majority of my young adult life, has had such a profound impact on myself and my two siblings. I really wanted to explore those unintentional messy divorce side effects with the two leads of this book. The idea to write a parent trap-esk story, came from that seed. I like to write light hearted, comedic stories, so the puzzle was: how do I make the depressing, gut wrenching topic of divorce… fun? I was brainstorming ideas when it hit me that — the girls in the parent trap have divorced parents! Somehow I never thought of them that way when I was younger. I dug in from there— what would a parent trap situation look like if the sisters were young adults? What if their parents’ divorce was necessary rather than incidental?
2) Who is your favorite character in the book?
This is so hard! I love so many of the character sin this book, but I think Zarar might be my favorite. He’s extremely honest and supportive — plus he’s a romantic (swoon).
3) Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel. I was caught up about a title for months and months! I brainstormed at least fifty different options (some of them were absolutely ridiculous), and I ended up going with the literal first one I thought of.
4) Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Yes! An iced matcha latte and butter croissant from Starbucks hits the spot. Or, if I want to mix things up I’ll go out and grab an acai bowl. I like having to leave the house for writing snacks so my brain gets a second to reset before jumping back into the story.
5) Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
The most important thing I’ve learned is to stick to your guns and write what you want to read. It’s impossible to please everyone, so you can’t make that your focus. Write for you. If you’re passionate about your story, it will it will find an audience.
6)What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I’m obsessed with all the amazing little character details that Ana Hard incorporated into the covers! There are so many tiny things that readers probably won’t even notice until after they’ve finished the book. I love that Better Together has a dual cover: there’s one sister on the front of the book and one on the back. My favorite bit of both covers is the light shining in through the window that slices through the illustration. It’s so BEAUTIFUL!
7) What’s on your TBR pile?
Oh my goodness: so many books! My TBR pile is in constant flux. Right now I’m very excited to read People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry, One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and The Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir.
8) What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch, it was so adorable and heart warming!
9) What’s up next for you?
A third novel is next for me! I’ve started working on it this past month, and I’m so excited to get deeper into the drafting process. I can’t share many details yet, but the premise is so fun, I can’t talk about it without getting giddy.
10) What would you say is your superpower?
It’s knowing what time it is / how much time has passed without checking my phone or the microwave. I just KNOW. Moving forward you may call me THE HUMAN CLOCK *swishes cape and gives you the time*.
By: Christine Riccio
Release Date: June 1st, 2021
Publisher: Macmillian Publishers
Two winners will each receive a copy of Better Together (Christine Riccio) ~ (US Only)
*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*
The cover is so colorful and attractive. The synopsis is interesting and i would like to read it. Thanks for sharing.