Click To Subscribe By L. M. Augustine
YA Contemporary Romance
L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won’t be his last.
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Hi Liam! Before we turn on our posh and serious faces, tell us about your book and yourself however you like.
*waves* In one sentence, I’m a mostly-insane YA author who believes that chocolate is the solution to the world’s problems. Click To Subscribe is my debut YA romance, and the book blurb describes it best:
“135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them.
As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I
To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.”
Now I agree, chocolate for the win!
*Puts on serious face, clears throat*
Do you recall when and how your interest in writing originated? (Were there any inspirations?)
I’ve been writing on and off since I was six. I have no idea how it started, really, but it was probably because of my growing fondness for books. Back then, I wrote pretty epic adventure stories in which talking fruits and vegetables are arch-nemeses and fight to the death every year. Intense, I know. Eventually I moved to YA, where I wrote a few horrible (that’s putting it nicely) YA romances that will never see the light of day, until I finally came up with Click and just knew I had to share it.
Dude I need to read those fruit and vegetable wars! I’m a so freakin glad you decided to share Click to the world >.<
What was the hardest and easiest thing about writing Click To Subscribe?
The easiest part was definitely the dialogue. Everything Cat and West said flowed onto the page while I was writing, and it really felt like they were speaking through me. I didn’t even have to think; their words just came.
As for the hardest part, it was definitely capturing West’s relationship with his dad. I had such a clear image of how I wanted him to act around his dad other all along, but that image was hard to express in words, so it took lots of revision to get it right.
Well I thought it was spot on!
What would you do if Click To Subscribe was to become a movie in the future? Are there any preferences in cast for West and Cat?
Well first, if Click To Subscribe became a movie I would do the world’s most epic disco on my roof and not even care that it terrifies the neighbors (because it will terrify them.) Then I would celebrate by happy-dance-screaming around the house for a few days before I finally lose all my energy and collapse back into my staring contest with the blinking cursor.
Honestly, though, I don’t really have a cast preference for either of them. I picture Cat as looking like Ariana Grande… and have really no idea for West… (This is why I would NEVER be in charge of casting anything. I would probably end up making a squirrel play West’s dad because really.)
I am so with you when you disco on the roof! We’ll scare ’em all! And a squirrel playing West’s dad? #Melapproves
Why did you decided to write YA romance/best friend romance? Was there something that caught your attention?
I chose YA romance because it’s the genre I read (and write) the most. I am John Green and Colleen Hoover OBSESSED.
As for the best friend part: Cat and West weren’t originally best friends, but as I started writing their conversations I saw how well they meshed together. It was a far stronger connection than just new acquaintances, I realized, so I went back and changed the plot so they could be best friends. I am so glad I did.
Ooh! I’m a John Green fan too! Romance is one of the best genres ever.
Linking from the previous question, what made you decide to write a best friend romance? Were you aware of the risks involved?
And this is the awkward moment where I ask: there were risks? *shrinks nervously into corner* Haha, but really, I had no idea! I wouldn’t have changed anything even if I’d known, though. This book was pretty much writing itself, and a best friend romance felt exactly right for the characters and their relationship. Cat and West hold a connection so strong that it’s not a choice between romance OR best friends; it’s both.
Well it can get ridculously cheesy, but you did awesome at avoiding that completely!
This is a question I need an answer so bad for; Are there any other writing projects going ahead that you are willing to share?
Yes, I’m working on another YA romance as we speak! It’s still too new and developing that I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing much about it, but my teaser is this: creepy Ferris wheel.
Creepy Ferris Wheel? Done. Sold. I’m in.
For such a wonderful author like yourself, can you share one writing tip or a piece of advice to aspiring writers?
Oh gosh, can my advice be never to take advice from me? 🙂 But really, I’d say the best thing you can do is be true to your book and your characters. Writing a novel isn’t easy but you shouldn’t necessarily rush to publish your first one; developing your craft takes time, and readers can tell when elements of the story are forced in just so it’s publishable.
And, of course, good luck!
Thank you so much for letting me interview you Liam! This was really fun to do ^.^
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