Rest of JK Rock Interview

Where do you find your inspiration to write?
Story-telling is something I love to do- whether it’s a true story or a made up one. Sometimes, growing up, my mother couldn’t tell which was which when I talked to her J I’ve written stories, poems and or just vented in journals since I was ten and felt encouraged when the people who read my stuff (mostly my teachers since I was too scared to show anyone else) thought I had talent. In my high school yearbook, it says that my plans were to get a degree in English then move to NYC to write for a Soap Opera. That might still be a plan for me one day- lol.

Where did the inspiration come from to write a book about a summer camp?
We both had great memories going to summer camp and when we decided to write a series together we couldn’t resist going back to that place. There is something magical about camp. You get to be with special friends that you only see each summer, you have more independence since your parents aren’t around, and the limited time frame makes it important to work out relationships before summer camp ends. It’s just a great place to fall in love.

Did you have any difficulties with Camp Boyfriend?
Our biggest challenge with Camp Boyfriend was making sure all the characters remained sympathetic in a love triangle. Some readers grow frustrated with love triangles and we were very aware of this as we wrote. We wanted to be sure Lauren remained believable and that we could feel the tension of her wanting to make the right choice.

We would like to know you a bit better, so besides writing and reading, what do you like doing?
K: I love my pets- especially my dogs Lizzie and Little Bit. They are super cute Cavalier King Cocker spaniels, but because they are older now, they have health issues that means I have to give them shots, medicine and special care. But I don’t mind at all. I love them more now than I did when they were puppies! I’m also addicted to reality TV which is definitely not something to brag about, but you asked- lol. I pretty much watch it all and my favorite is The Voice. Usher and Adam Levine in one show- that’s a lot of eye candy!

J: I have three sports-minded teenage sons, so I watch a lot of football, basketball and every other conceivable sport. My personal favorite is ice hockey and we try to see a few live pro games every year. I also love to travel and explore new places, a passion my whole family shares. Lately, I’ve started bike riding more, which is something I loved as a teen and forgot about until recently. Now, I’m on my bike every day. I’m thinking about buying some cool streamers for my handlebars so I can really trick out my ride.

What are your favorite books of all time?
J: Wuthering Heights, The Woman in White, Pride and Prejudice, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Turn of the Screw… if you read it in your English class, chances are it’s one of my favorites. I must have fallen in love with stories in high school. Those books all sit on my keeper shelf and I re-read them.

K: My favorite books of all time are the Lord of the Rings Series. There is something special about hobbits, as Gandalf says. I love that there is so much richness to that world, that they are on a quest with super high-stakes with lots of action, and there is a beautiful romance between a forgotten king and a fairy princess. It really is magic.

If you could have written any book by any other author, what book would it be and why?
J: I wish I’d written anything by Sarah Addison Allen, but especially Garden Spells. Magical realism is a beautiful genre and she writes it like no one else!

K: I wish I had written The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because it’s one of the most beautiful, powerful teen love stories I’ve ever read. It was so real and authentic. I felt like I was a part of the story, falling in love and grieving right along with them. It is pure genius. Then again, everything John Green writes is genius.

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