To help ease the torturous wait until ABOVE is released, read on as Lisa and I have picked Leah's brain on all things romance. I love her answer so much, she really digs deep into the heart of every question, which speaks volumes for her writing talent. And if possible, has me more excited for her novel!
Author Interview - Leah Bobet
What is your favourite movie romance?Joel and Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, hands down. They're both these complicated, broken, prickly, real people, and they love each other so much that even after the ways they've inevitably hurt each other, the ways they have tried to forget each other, they will look each other in the face, clear-eyed, and throw themselves into all that possible hurt and risk and trouble again. Because they can't not try, not if there's a chance. It breaks my heart, and it's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, all at once.
Do you have a celebrity crush?I…do and I don't? It's hard for me to crush on famous people, because I used to do theatre, and so I'm really, really aware that what you see of an actor or a musician or whatnot in public isn't them: it's their characters, and it's their public persona, which is a character all by itself. I learned this the hard way one fall after wondering why that cute guy who sat next to me in our Twelve Angry Men production was such a breathtaking jerk everywhere except rehearsal. Sigh. That said, there are a couple guys in some of the local indie bands here who I'd dress my best for. And if Joseph Gordon-Levitt showed up on my doorstep with a three-piece suit and a guitar, I would cancel all my plans for a week.
If you could switch places with any YA girl, who would it be and why?After a lot of thought, I think I wouldn't. I have a pretty happy life! And most YA heroines have terrible lives, which is what makes them fun to read about. Seems like a bad deal all around, really.
If you could go on a romantic getaway, what would be your dream location?One of the really crunchy historic cities: Paris, Osaka, London, Athens, Beirut. Exploring by yourself is great. Exploring with someone you care about is better.
Which physical features and personality traits and do you find most attractive in a guy?I'm ridiculously picky about guys (and girls, for that matter, on the rare occasions I have had crushes on girls), but the most important thing in both is always honesty. The people I date more than once tend to tell it like it is, or at least tell it like they see it. And they tend to have the kind of understated, dry, ridiculous sense of humour that makes me spit my drink.
As for the physical stuff? I'm very rarely attracted to a person on looks alone. It's always their smile, or the way they move, or who they are; something about how they inhabit their body, and if they're comfortable in their own skin.
What’s the most romantic thing a guy has ever done for you?Flew 1,500 miles to take me out to dinner when we'd never met face to face. The relationship didn't survive the distance in the end, but as grand gestures go, it was pretty seriously grand.
How would you describe Ariel and Matthew's relationship in one word?Hah: complicated.
Just like Joel and Clementine up there, they're both very messy and occasionally gun-shy. And when you put that together – especially when what one person wants isn't exactly what the other one needs – things get, well. Complicated.
What’s special about your couple and why do they have a great romance?Because despite all that, and all the things stacked against them? They're both really, really sincere and good people. And they are trying so very hard for each other. They can't help but try.
Do you believe in soul mates?Not in the sense of a One True Person You Are Supposed To Be With Forever™. We all grow, and we all change, and a person who fills all the missing spaces in your heart at 18 may not have anything in common with you at 25, or 30, or 40 – and there's nothing wrong with that, because you don't want, at 30, to be the exact same person you were at 18. Most relationships end. That's kind of okay. That said? I do believe in having people out there who you will have instant connections with, and instant intimacy and trust, and in having people who, even though they cause you a hell of a lot of complication and trouble, make your life brighter and better and sharper for being there. And I guess, to me, that's soulmates: the people who walk into your life and bring up the lights.
Tell me my heart wasn't the only one that fluttered when reading her soul mate answer? Perfectly answered! Who else has fallen in love with this gorgeous lady? And are clambering for the 'preorder' button on Book Depository?!
Now that you're riding the love-train, go check out the swoontastic interview Lisa has posted between Lila and Alex from Hunting Lila!!
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