21 STOLEN KISSES by Lauren Blakely is LIVE! If you haven’t picked this incredibly beautiful forbidden romance up yet, you do not know what you are missing! It’s magic! It’s romantic! It’s superb! To celebrate we are going BEHIND THE LOVE LETTERS with the incredible Lauren Blakely! I picked out three of my favorite LOVE LETTERS from 21 Stolen Kisses and asked Ms. Blakely some more about these letters and the emotions behind them.
Let’s get started…
This is our first taste of the deep connection that these two people have. You feel that they can’t keep their hands off each other, and for one second, one tempting second, they don’t care where they are or who will see them. How do you put into words that gut feeling of such affection and also make the reader feel it at the same time?
Lauren: I love this question, because I don’t even know if I can properly express how to put love into words! I wish I could say “you do it this way” or “you do it that way.” But I think the way I try to approach these scenes is this – I draw a lot of inspiration from movies and musicals (like Kennedy and Noah). I adore romantic movies, the ones that give you a visceral, shivery, tingly response to what the characters are experiencing on-screen or on stage as they fall in love. So when I am working on a “falling in love” scene I often close my eyes and try to remember what it felt like to watch the first kiss in Shakespeare in Love, or the final scene in You’ve Got Mail, or the moments in Before Sunrise as they fell for each other, and then try to channel those visuals into words.
In this letter we get the feeling of no matter what happens in the future, their love will hold strong. No matter what obstacles they will always have those three words to guide them back to each other. Even though this is one of the shortest letters it seems like it was the hardest to write. Do you remember the first time you said those three words?
Lauren: Yes. I do 🙂 Gah. They’re hard to say, aren’t they? But also wonderful to say. I think that’s one of the things I love so much about writing romance novels — it’s the feeling of falling in love for the first time over and over again. And yes, this letter was both hard and easy for Kennedy, and for me. I picture her looking back on that moment, knowing it was happening, and wanting to capture it so authentically and true. I hope we both did.
This letter has a dream-like sort of quality to me. It’s the fantasy letter. It’s the hope. It’s the wish. This is the pure, perfect, escape that Kennedy and Noah long for. This is the desire to be free from the judgement of others, and able to make their own choices — to just be able to love each other as they want. With this letter, I wanted to convey both that hope, but that ache too. That this letter is a wish for what might be some day. So naturally it will be both hopeful and painful at the same time because they don’t yet have it.
In most of the letters, you can’t really tell who the writer is. Some could be from Kennedy, others could be from Noah. Was that intentional? Or did you just think that the reader would automatically know it was Kennedy?
Lauren: I love that you feel that way! Since Kennedy is writing the love letter, the letters are in her voice. But at the same time, I think what the two of them have that is so very special is their love for the other is boundless. There is never an uneven distribution of feelings between the two of them. They are both in it completely when they are in it. And as a result, the letters should feel as if they could come from either one because they are both so in love.
A big THANK YOU to the amazing Lauren Blakely for stopping by today! Let me tell you more about this amazing book and be sure to enter the FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at the end of the post!
When I first met him I resisted.
Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.
That was a lie. It never faded.
And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard.
There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us.
Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword.
Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love — the big, intense, never-been-like-this-before love — landed me in therapy.
Now I’m heading to college, and it’s time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he’s still in my life?
Because the one man I’ve always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can’t have…
And he wants me just as fiercely.
Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?
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