Today as a tour host, I had an opportunity to interview Kate Evangelista, an author of No Love Allowed.
I really liked this book (you can read my review on No Love Allowed’s releasing day, April 19th) and was pretty excited to ask Kate some questions.
- No Love Allowed is a story about love, culture and difference between being rich and poor, but it also deals with mental illness. What kind of research did you have to do to in order to make this story?
My research swayed heavily toward Bipolar Disorder. I wanted to understand as much as I could about Didi’s mental illness so that I could write the story that was authentic to her character. I didn’t want to let Didi down. And I hope I was successful.
- What I really liked in this book is Didi’s passion for Van Gogh and his work. Tell me, is there an artist you feel passionate about?
Gustav Klimt is probably one of my favorite artists of all time. The passion as seen in The Kiss is swoonworthy. Just staring at the lovers caught in such an intimate moment gives me goose bumps.
- Do you have your favorite scene and if yes, what is it (just to let you know, mine is 4th July scene, as I’m sure is of many who read your book)?
My favorite scene would have to be when Didi takes Caleb to McDonalds for the first time. In the book it’s pretty obvious that Didi is a fish out of water in Caleb’s world. But it’s also pretty clear that Caleb is a fish out of water in Didi’s. Seeing him watch her eat a Big Mac is hilarious.
- At one scene, a song by Maroon 5 plays in the background. What songs did you listen to while creating this story?
For this book, I listened to the entire Overexposed album of Maroon 5. There was something about the emotions in that album that really spoke to me and brought out the characters.
- In you Acknowlagments you said you’d like to see Chris Pine playing someone in the movie adaptation. Who else would you like to see being part of No Love Allowed movie?
Well, for Caleb, I would love to see Dominic Sherwood in the role. Ever since one of my editors put him in my head as a peg, I couldn’t see anyone else. As for Didi, I think Hailee Steinfeld would kill it. I don’t even want to start imagining who would play Nathan and Preston because my head would explode. Do you have any suggestions?
- Is hanging out with Caleb, Didi, Nathan, Natasha and Preston over or is there a chance we’ll read more about them?
As a matter of fact, Nathan and Preston’s story, No Holding Back, will come out October 19, 2016. So after reading No Love Allowed, add No Holding Back to your TBR right away and be ready for a wild ride that takes our boys to Europe.
- How long it took from creating this story in your head until you decided to write it down?
The story came to me a year before I started writing it. I was focused on so many other stories that at the time I just couldn’t give Didi and Caleb the attention they needed. But when I was finally ready, their story came out in a flood of words in the span of two weeks.
- What inspires you as an author?
Everything and anything. It can be a scene in a movie. A line from a song. Even shiny, sparkly things. All I know is I have to be ready when inspiration strikes because I never know when it will hit me.
- Do you have a certain time in the day that reserved only for writing or do you write whenever an inspiration hits you?
Depends. There are times when mornings call to me. Then there are times when afternoons are the sweet spot. Recently it’s always been at night. So really, the story dictates the time I write.
- Have you read a good book lately that you’d like to recommend?
Oh! I love this! I recommend Written in Red by Anne Bishop and the rest of the books in the series. Urban Fantasy at its best. I forever ship Meg and Simon. If any of you have read it or are reading it, gush with me on twitter. I need to fangirl.
Giveaway (US Only)
Giveaway information: Contest ends May 5th
- Two winners will win each a paperback copy of No Love Allowed
About the book:
It’s all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.
Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!
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