And welcome to the 3rd day in mine and Lisa's month long lovefest! I have yet another smokin' hot author to treat you with today, none other than Kim Harrington! Kim has been kind enough to share her thoughts on all things romance, from pick-up lines to relationship advice, and maybe a hint at what to expect from the romance in PERCEPTION, the sequel to her debut novel, CLARITY!
What's the best, worst or funniest pick-up line you've ever heard?
“Nice dress. But it would look better on my bedroom floor.”
For the record, that did not work.
What do you think is so special about Gabriel?
I try to make sure all the guys in the CLARITY series (Gabriel, Justin, Nate, Perry) have their strengths and weaknesses, just like real people. Gabriel’s strengths are his honesty and bravery. He wears his heart on his sleeve. But this can also sometimes be his weakness.
Which physical features and personality traits do you find most attractive in a guy?
Sense of humor is #1, but he also has to be smart. This explains my lifelong crush on Jon Stewart.
What’s the most romantic thing a guy has ever done for you?
My husband’s proposal was pretty romantic. But I’m keeping the details for myself :)
What was your thought process on how the romance would develop? How did you go about constructing both men as love interests for Clarity?
I wanted to write about a girl who had choices and none of them were “perfect.” Because isn’t that how it is in real life? You’re not just given one guy to either fall in love with or not. There are choices out there, and more than one guy has been interested in all of you, I promise. And putting your heart on the line is a risk. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s okay. Because you learn more about yourself through the process of love and heartbreak. So I really wanted to write about a girl’s journey through discovering what and who she really needs. In CLARITY, Clare didn’t know what she wanted and wasn’t ready to make a choice. In PERCEPTION, Clare does reach the point where she’s willing to risk her heart, and she makes a decision that feels right for her at that time in her life. But she’s funny. She’s not a huge romantic. She has a very logical, reasoned mind. The last page of PERCEPTION pretty much sums up her feelings on love.
Would you personally pick Gabriel or give Justin a second chance? Do you believe in second chances? Fate? Destiny?
I believe in second chances, but not fate or destiny. And I know what I would do in Clare’s position, but I’d rather not say because it would be a massive spoiler. :) And it’s not necessarily what she does at the end of PERCEPTION, either. Or the opposite of that. Now that I have everyone totally confused. lol.
Can you give us any information on what kind of relationship Justin and Clarity will have in Perception?
After the events of CLARITY, Clare has finally reached the point of forgiveness with Justin. But now she has to figure out where to go from here. Can she love him again or are they just meant to be friends?
Do you prefer the bad boy or good guy?
In fiction, I love reading both. But in real life, I prefer the good guy. And I’ll say this in all caps to every girl out there…bad boys are fun in fiction, but in real life CHOOSE THE GOOD GUY.
What is the best relationship advice you've ever gotten or would give to someone else?
Marry your best friend. I did.
Thanks for having me!
Thanks so much for sharing your Valentine's thoughts with us, Kim! Terrible as it is, the pick-up line made me laugh hehe. And YES, a sense of humour is a must in a swoony boy for me!
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