This blog post is part of the ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN tour hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours. Thank you so much to HarperCollins and Avon Publishing for sending me an ARC of the book. And a huge THANK YOU to Talia Hibbert for answering my questions!
If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should btw!), then you know that Talia Hibbert is one of my favorite romance authors. I’m still making my way through her backlist, but every time I read one of her novels, I feel refreshed and full of energy. Hibbert consistently writes well-rounded hilarity that pulls at your heartstrings. I am so eternally grateful for the opportunity to have Hibbert answer some of my questions about The Brown Sisters series and her latest novel ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN! Check our her answers below!
Q: What inspiration did you draw from when creating the town of Skybriar?
A: When I was finishing off Take a Hint, Dani Brown, I was actually on holiday in the Lake District. It rained a lot and there were tons of angry ducks, but also lots of ice cream. I find that kind of contrast perfect for a distinct story backdrop. Also, the geographic arrangement of Skybriar is a combination of two villages near my home, because I find it easier to see a place in my head when I can base it on something I really know.
Q: Which Brown sister story was your favorite to create and why?
A: Act Your Age, Eve Brown was hands down my favourite. It brought me tons of joy at a time when real life was very small and grim. Also, Eve is such a larger-than-life personality, it makes for a romcom that’s very heavy on the comedy.
Q: Which one of the Brown Sisters’ love interests were your favorite to create?
A: Jacob! He’s bonkers and I love him. Honestly, I wish I had his nerve.
Q: Which one of the Brown Sisters do you think you most identify with?
A: Chloe. She’s the hermit who likes snacks and cats, and I strongly relate to that.
Q: If anything, what do you wish you had added, omitted, or changed in Act Your Age, Eve Brown ?
A: Nothing! Mainly because if I let myself think about that, I’d probably rewrite every book I’ve ever written 10,000 times.
Q: What was your favorite scene / moment to write in Act Your Age, Eve Brown ?
A: I loved the scene when Jacob comes home from the hospital kind of concussed and a little bit high. An uptight character babbling and accidentally revealing their true feelings is one of my favourite tropes.
Q: Which Brown sister story gave you the most difficulty? What was your process in overcoming this difficulty?
A: Writing Take a Hint, Dani Brown was really hard. I rewrote that book like four times. Because Dani’s feelings were so complex, and I personally have very little in common with her, I felt extra pressure to make sure I understood her fully and was getting her story across in the right way. At the same time, it was hard for me to judge whether or not I was succeeding. In the end, I really just had to trust in myself and put that inner critic to rest. (It’s funny, I think of myself as so different to Dani, but that sounds like a problem she would have as well.)
Q: What’s your process for writing? What are some writing rituals you have that help the process?
A: I tend to write in the morning because that’s when my battery is full. I give my first, freshest burst of energy to the book, and then I spend the rest of the day procrastinating on all my other jobs. Also, it really helps me to have a space that’s specifically for writing. It doesn’t have to be tidy, but it has to be quiet and alone.
Q: What was your biggest challenge in writing Eve and Jacob’s relationship?
A: I find anything enemies-to-lovers really difficult because they need a decent reason to be enemies, but they also need to be… not unforgivably mean to each other? This is especially hard for me when I’m writing M/F, because if a man is mean to a woman I automatically hate him. It’s like a gut response. So I had to accept that my enemies weren’t going to be that hardcore.
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Once again, thank you so much to Talia Hibbert for taking the time to answer my questions!
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