Author Interview & Giveaway: Addicted to You

Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.

Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

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SRNA: Thank you for doing this interview!

ATY: Thanks for having us on your blog!!

SRNA: Addicted to You sounds like a really great book dealing with addiction. One addiction you don't read about everyday and one a little more common. What inspired you to write this book?

ATY: Becca: Krista throws out concepts all the time, and if it’s good, we’ll collaborate and write the book together. Usually they’re crazy, off-the-wall concepts, but one day she mentioned sex addiction, something that is really taboo, especially for women. I jumped onboard, and we tried to come up with an original plot and a female character that would be likable even though she can be dangerous and selfish, as is any person with an addiction. Hopefully we succeeded.
Krista: Becca basically summed this one up nicely. I wanted to write about female sex addiction, so after we figured out a compelling plot the book kind of just took off on its own.

SRNA: How long did it take you to write Addicted to You?

ATY: Becca: Usually it takes us a solid month to write a book. That’s without editing and revisions. Addicted to You took a bit longer than that because we scraped three versions of the book. We took a little bit from each version but kept changing the plot.
Krista: Yep! Not all concepts that I come up with pan out. Some get dumped within the first 20,000 words because they just don't work. At first I really thought Addicted to You wasn't even going to happen. But we finally landed on a plot that felt right and turned out better than I could have ever imagined.

SRNA: What made you decide to collaborate on this book?

ATY: Becca: We've collaborated on books before, and we’ll probably do so in the future—unless Krista runs out of time with medical school. Then, I’ll be solo again, but until then we’ll keep collaborating because it’s easier, more fun and enjoyable. So it was just natural when she pitched this concept that we decided we’d work on it together.
Krista: I usually prefer to collaborate with Becca. I just graduated with a science degree, and so Becca has the degree in English and she's been writing much longer than me. It would be a slow arduous process if I was doing this solo, so it's nice to have someone to write with. But I love writing so much that I'll probably still try to make time to do it in medical school—if I can.

SRNA: Have you worked on previous projects together?

ATY: Becca: We never used to write together. I wrote strictly YA sci-fi/fantasy and urban fantasy, and Krista hovered around in New Adult territory before it actually had a title. Addicted to You isn't the first project we've worked on together, but it’s the first one we’re publishing. The other one is something we’re both really proud of, and we’re constantly debating whether we should push it up to NA territory or keep it as YA. It was originally NA until I got my hands on it… what do you think Krista?
Krista: Haha! Yes, Becca loves to take all my NA books and convert them to YA because (before NA became a genre) they wouldn't really be marketable anywhere. I, of course, would love to keep all my books New Adult, but I know we'll publish something YA in the future.

SRNA: Do you have any other projects in the works?

ATY: Becca: Besides our first novel that we worked on together, we’re continuing the Addicted series with a novella called Ricochet and the sequel Addicted for Now. They both will be published by the end of 2013.
Krista: Addicted to You is planned as a trilogy, so that's what we're concentrating on right now.

SRNA: Are you a panster or a plotter?

ATY: Becca: On gut reaction, I’d say panster. We don’t really write down outlines and plot all of the details. We have a few scenes in mind, a generally concept and go. If something doesn’t work, we’ll go back and fix it while the other one continues to write new scenes. But at the same time, we usually do know the ending of the book or at least the middle. We have “mile” markers of sorts and once we get there, we brainstorm a little before continuing. So maybe we are a little bit of plotters. What do you think Krista?
Krista: I think Becca is definitely more of a panster than me. I freak out if I don't know the general arc of the story, so I'm more of a plotter. I guess if you combine us together we'd be a pantter? Haha! I don't know. That's a tough one.

SRNA: Any special rituals to get yourself in the mood to write?

ATY: Becca: Channeling my spirit animal! No, really, I’m almost always in the mood to write. It’s my addiction. Sometimes the story plagues me so much that I can’t think about anything else and I’m just a worthless shell until I start typing. Sometimes we jam to music though. Hearing a good song or score can really make me want to write.
Krista: I also channel my spirit animal :) Like Becca, I don't have to put myself in any mood. I'm usually already there. Writing is something I genuinely love to do. Though, I do agree with Becca that songs can put you in a good writing zone.

No one would suspect shy, Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they've pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They've mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.

Now the only person who can truly help her, can barely help himself.

**This is a New Adult book recommended for readers 18 and up**

Giveaway: Open internationally!

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