Teagan Hunter is the author of the New Adult ‘Here’s to‘ series, the standalone novella We Are The Stars and the standalone romantic comedies Let’s Get Textual and I Wanna Text You Up.
In honor of the release of I Wanna Text You Up on February 1st, Teagan Hunter was kind enough to answer a few questions for 5171 Miles Book Blog. Enjoy!
Teagan, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview for 5171 Miles Book Blog. Tell us something about yourself.
This one won’t be a shocker to a lot of people, but I’m sorta obsessed with pizza. Like, I could eat it every single day kind of obsessed. Pizza pants, pizza socks, pizza panties, pizza shirts, pizza hats…the list is endless. I just love it.
Oh, and I write books. I currently live in North Carolina with my Marine husband and our doggo.
Your latest novel I Wanna Text You Up released on February 1st. Give us a brief synopsis of what the book is about.
It’s a roommates-to-lovers/best friend’s ex book. Zoe and Caleb have known each other for some time and have both resisted that attraction they feel because Caleb used to date Delia, Zoe’s best friend. Though their split was amicable because they realized their relationship didn’t have that zing, both Zoe and Caleb want to be respectful of the fact that the relationship happened. They try to navigate living together and falling for each other while still dealing with things in their own lives.
What inspired you to write this story?
I fell in love with Zoe and Caleb in Let’s Get Textual and I knew their story just had to be told. There was a certain scene in that book that made me go, “Holy crap. They end up together.” And I knew I had to tell everyone why/how that came to be.
Is Zoe, the heroine of I Wanna Text You Up, based on yourself or on a person you know?
Not entirely. None of characters ever really are. I do take certain characteristics of people and put them into my books. Zoe and I happen to share a lack of cooking skills.
What is your favorite character in I Wanna Text You Up and why?
Hmm… Probably Caleb. There’s so much more than meets the eye there. He’s had a tough life and he doesn’t want to dwell on it. He just wants to make it better and move on, which is something I tried hard to portray and not focus too much on his backstory. I think that would have eaten up half the book and not made Caleb so mysterious.
Looking back on all the novels and novellas you’ve published so far, which one of them did you enjoy writing the most and why?
Here’s to Tomorrow, my first book. There was NO pressure at all and I could just write.
If a production company wanted to make a movie out of one of your books, which one of them would make it to the big screen?
Part of me wants to say Let’s Get Textual because it’s so fun, but I think We Are the Stars would make a great Nicholas Sparks type movie.
How long does it usually take for you to write a book?
Probably 6-8 weeks at this point. I’m trying to slow down and learn to take my time and appreciate the writing process more.
Please describe your typical writing day as an author.
Coffee, check social media, turn my music up loud, and write…if I’m on deadline. If I’m not, then it’s a whole different ballgame that includes Netflix and reading and writing when the inspiration strikes.
Was it always a dream of yours to become an author?
I’ve always wanted to do something in the publishing world. In fact, I really wanted to be an editor for a music magazine when I was younger. I used to write a lot of fanfiction about the bands I loved and that sorta blossomed as my love for romance grew.
How do you come up with the ideas for your novels?
Life! I do my very best to make my characters, their interactions, their background stories, and their journey as real as possible. Sometimes that’s something simple and easy, sometimes it’s more complicated. But that’s life—always keeps ya guessing. I want someone to be able to pick up my books and be able to relate the characters as they would their friends or family.
I like real.
Would you consider co-writing a book with another author? If yes, what author would be at the top of your list?
I’ve answered this question differently in the past, but as I’ve grown in my writing I’ve discovered that I work best alone. I don’t think I’d be able to co-write with anyone. I’m so invested and inside my characters heads that I don’t think I could give any piece of them to someone else.
What are you currently working on?
I just finished up edits on a standalone m/m novella called If You Say So that’s releasing shortly. Next week I’m diving into a little project that ties into a book I already have out. After that…who knows? I haven’t decided just yet. Maybe another romcom though.
What can a newbie to Teagan Hunter books expect from your novels?
You can expect my characters to sound like real people. To talk and move and make mistakes just like anyone else.
Oh, and sarcasm and pizza.
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