Whose idea was it to start writing novels? What peaked your interest?
Becca- I started writing when I was 12. I think we both read so many books that our own imaginations sparked, and we had stories in our heads that needed to get on paper. So I started jotting them down until a whole messy book was the end product. My first books weren’t very good, and I’d have to say the best things we’ve ever written have been things we’ve worked on together.
Krista – Becca started writing before me. My first books were more like “middle” of books. I never liked to write the beginnings or the ends. Like Becca, I began writing because I had stories in my head and it felt like they needed to be written down. Plus, it was so much more fun having someone like Becca to swap stories with.
Who are your favorite authors? Did they have an influence on the genre you chose? If not, how did you choose?
Becca- This is so hard for me. I love so many different authors for so many different reasons. Growing up, I was a huge Meg Cabot fan. She’s a middle grade / young adult author who weaves some beautiful and witty contemporary tales. As I got older, I was really enamored with the A-List series because—hello, it starts out with a girl joining the mile high club. I loved that the book took risks, even though it was meant for a younger audience. And it was like crack reading that series. I can’t say any certain author has had an influence in the genre. We just love romance and we just graduated from college, so we put together something we love with something we know. Poof, we have New Adult ;)
Krista – I love Stephanie Perkins. I think she knows how to write romance and comedy so well. I always aspired to be able to have that sort of witty dialogue that never crosses the line into cheesy. I was also a huge Meg Cabot growing up. Her books are just so feel-good that it’s hard not to fall for them.
Do you find writing a challenge? Do you ever agree to disagree?
Becca- It can definitely be a challenge when something isn’t working within the book. Krista and I can tell when the plot is off or something is missing. And it just takes some time to really find the solution to what’s wrong. We do occasionally disagree, but we always compromise in the end.
Krista- I’d love to admit that writing is super easy and we can crank out a perfect book in a couple weeks, but the truth is that every book is a challenge. We revise like crazy and we fight to get the best story out of our plot and characters. But the challenge is what makes it so much fun.
Do you see writing as a short or long term career? If short term, what will replace it?
Becca- Long term! This is our passion and what we love, so writing forever would be a dream.
Krista- Definitely long term. It’s kind of surreal being able to do this full-time right now. It’s always been a dream of ours.
Do you enjoy attending your book events? Does it ever become overwhelming?
Becca- Our first signing as authors is in August in our hometown of Atlanta, so we’re super excited about that. We’ve been to signings and book fests before, but never as authors, always as readers. It’ll probably really overwhelming initially, but we’re looking forward to it.
Krista- Like Becca said, the only book events we’ve attended were as readers. It’s going to be a whole different experience attending as authors. I still feel like we should be on the other side of the table, so again, it’s going to be a little surreal. I may have to pinch myself (or Becca) a few times.
Are any of your novels based on events in your life, or someone you know?
Becca- We incorporate small things from our life in ever book. For instance in Hothouse Flower, some of the main characters go to Paris. We’ve been to Paris—for about three days total—and we were able to add an event there within the book. I’m being super vague, but Hothouse hasn’t released yet.
Krista- Many of the situations are related to our personal experiences. We’ve been to Cancun and to a night club almost like the same one our characters go to in Addicted for Now. In Addicted to You, Lily gets caught watching porn in class. One of my greatest fears in college was to have some porn ad or pop-up appear on my computer during class. It’s little things like that that we try and weave into the books.
Who is your publishing company? Who creates your cover art?
Becca- The Addicted series is self-published, so we have total creative control, which is really nice. Krista designed the covers of Hothouse Flower, Kiss the Sky, and Ricochet. Addicted to You and Addicted for Now were designed by Icey Designs.
Krista- Love Icey Designs! She creates some of the prettiest blog designs too.
What are your current and upcoming projects?
Krista- We’re currently working on Thrive (Addicted #2.5) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), the last two books in Lily & Lo’s POV in the Addicted series. And we’re also finishing up a couple New Adult stand-alone novels that aren’t part of the series.
Becca- Upcoming, we have another New Adult series called the “Like Us” series. We’re going to talk more about it in April, but Krista and I are really excited about it.
From all your novels written, which is your favorite? Why?
Becca- This is really hard! It’s like picking your favorite pet or child. I love them all for completely different reasons. But I’m going to say Addicted to You is my favorite for the pure fact that it started this journey for us. Without that book, none of the others would exist :)
Krista- I’d probably choose Addicted to You for the same reasons. But Kiss the Sky has a special place in my heart too. It was the most challenging book we’ve ever written (with the most revisions and scraped drafts). We really pushed ourselves with Kiss the Sky, and I think it shows in the finished product.
Would you like to give a ‘shout out’ to your fan base?
Becca- We have some of the most amazing fans! Without which, there’s no way we’d be able to extend the series and keep it going. We can’t thank you all enough for reading and reaching out to us on social media. We LOVE talking to you!
Krista- I hope you all know how special you are to us! We wouldn’t be able to do what we love and continue doing it if it wasn’t for all of you. Your support and readership is amazing and more than we could have ever dreamed of. We’re so lucky to be at this point in our writing careers, and we wouldn’t have made it here without any of you. ((HUGS))
Where can your fans reach out to you?
Website - httritchie.com/p://kb
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KBRitchie
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KBRitchie
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Krista-Ritchie/e/B00DEHIAO4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/kbmritchie/
Tumblr – http://kbmritchie.tumblr.com/
I would like to thank Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie for stopping by my blog on their "Hothouse Flower" tour!