Thursday, July 25, 2019

Charity Rose, Author of Never The Same Love Twice

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Today we are interviewing Charity Rose about her young adult / new adult romance novel, titled “Never The Same Love Twice.”

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Charity Rose and I am originally from Norfolk, England but have lived in sunny San Diego for nearly 10 years. I live my high school sweetheart turned husband and our two cats (Mal and Jayne). When I’m not writing I’m attending lectures at UCSD.  

Describe the plot of your new book, “Never The Same Love Twice,” in a few sentences.
“Never The Same Love Twice” follows the developing romance between two high schoolers, Vidya and Keith, whom both have haunted pasts that they haven’t quite worked out yet. As they relive these incidences with each other they are forced to face their pasts in order to even begin to think of a future together.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
I think the people who would most appreciate this book are those who, like me, had a rocky past relationship that ended up turning out for the better. It’s a reminder that with understanding and acceptance of ones past you can heal yourself and learn to move onto better things. 

What inspired you to write a novel about a second-chance romance?
My own life experience of course! When I met my husband, I had just come out of a bad relationship and I let things that happened in the past cloud my opinions of our new relationship. Sometimes if he said a word, or did an action that reminded me of my ex I just couldn’t take it. I’d get irrational. It took us a long while to realize the stem of my issues was PTSD from the abuse I had endured. The process of rebuilding my security was long but we both came out of in the end. 

Tell us about the protagonist Vidya Fletcher.
Vidya is newly 17 at the beginning of our story and around 21 at the end. Most of the story revolves around her last year in high school.

Vidya is conflicted about her thoughts on Bradley and Keith. What attracts her to each one? What are her hesitations about them? 
Initially Vidya is attracted to Bradley because he is very kind, very polite, and he enjoys most of the same things she does however, Vidya soon realizes that his antics are a bit too juvenile for her tastes and, as most relationships go when your young, she grew distant from him. Her attraction to Keith is more animalistic at first. He’s good looking, he has a bad boy air about him, and has a hidden past. But despite his looks he is also actually very caring but cautious. This aspect of the mystery is what attracts her to him the most, I think. 

A turning point in the book is when a game of Truth or Dare reveals a life-changing secret. Without giving too much away, what is Vidya’s reaction to the revelation? 
She’s horrified at first, and questions everything she knew about him while also beginning to examine some of his previous words and actions. It all begins to click together but there is still a lot more she doesn’t know at this point.

What attracted you to the upper-level young adult / new adult genre?
Life is a roller-coaster during these years of age, I wanted to reflect that in this story. Teens and new adults are still very much living in the “now” they are still experiencing big emotions that are expressed in big ways. This reliance on the emotion of the here and now is what I love about this age group, the heart pounding feeling of first everything.  

Are there any authors who have influenced your writing style?
Yes, I greatly enjoy Megan Tennant, she is also an Indie author. Her writing style is in the first person and her writes in a way that is very fast paced, you get right to the meat of the action and the emotions come on hard and fast. 

Who was your favorite character to write?
I’ll be honest, Keith. I loved to write Keith because for the longest time he was a mystery to me as well. I didn’t have his entire back story planned out – it came as I wrote it. Maybe this will bite me later but I like to think that his character is the most authentic one for it. 
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Author Charity Rose.

How do you think you've evolved as a writer since when you first started?
I’m still evolving! This is my first full length novel but I hope to write many more. I used to write short stories so expanding past the quick one-shot action of a short story was a humbling experience – it’s hard! 

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
I have plans for another YA/NA book in the works, and also a collaboration with my editor. In the next ten years I plan to continue to publish as an Indie and I hope that everyone enjoys my stories! 

How have your readers responded to the book so far?
My ARC readers gave me positive reviews, a few felt that a few characters needed a bit more justice but that might be something I’ll have to take on in the future, *hint*. 

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?
Writing. I laugh when I say that because it’s true! I think every writer hates the actual writing part. I can think of a million idea, jot down notes on a hundred characters and worlds and then I can even get down a decent outline in less than an hour. But the actual writing, man that sucks but it is very much worth it once it is done. 

Have you ever had writer's block? If yes, how'd you deal with it? If you have not had writer's block, why do you think you haven't?
I don’t believe that writers block is a real thing. I can always think of something to write, the real issue is whether I actually take the time I have to write. Often times I find that I’m on Facebook or Twitter or browsing the net when I could be writing. Its amazing how much free time you have if you cut social media in half for a few days. 

What do you have in mind for your next project?
My next project will also be another high school romance however, I’m wanting to add a little of the paranormal in. I’m thinking something with ghosts! 

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
Yes, I would like to leave potential readers with a trigger warning. Some of the events in this book might not be suitable to those who have suffered various types of abuse in the past. I would like you to read with caution knowing this. 

An excerpt from “Never The Same Love Twice”:
I sat on the closed toilet lid, my knees pulled up to my chest, reading the notes and numbers left on the plastic walls of the stall. People calling each other out and gossiping about the teachers along with crude images, of course. But mostly I see people looking for love. Desperate to be accepted. To be held and cared for they leave their email addresses and Instagram tags in thick, black, ink in the hopes that some other lonely soul will find them. Reach out to them. And make them feel whole.
“Vee, where are you?” I don’t know if I should answer him. How did he know I was in here anyway? I see his shadow pass by the stall before I step down and answer,
“In here,” I say and open the booth. He steps inside with me, closing the door behind him. Looking down at me, he asks,
“What happened, are you hurt?” he scans my face, trying to read my emotions, but he wasn’t as good at doing that as I was. “Did somebody hurt you?” he says with a growl, slapping his hand on the wall. It echoes loudly, and I flinch.
I shake my head. I am hurt, but not physically. Kassie and her lies stabbed me deeper than I expected them to. But, are they lies or is it true? No, he would never spread rumours about me. Then again, do I really know Keith at all?

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