Clarisse David

Sassy Young Adult Romantic Comedies

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I write YA romance and love romance novels, Netflix TV shows and BTS. Read more.

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Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2) Q&A

The other day, I found this super helpful article full of blog posts ideas for authors. I thought I'd give some of them a try, starting with a Q&A about my upcoming book, Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2).

1) What is Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2) about?

I'm very tempted to just post a link to the book's Goodreads page, since it contains the summary and other relevant information, but that won't do for the purpose of this blog post Haha.

So, let me think for a second.

*starts thinking*

*thinks some more*

Okay, I think I'm ready.

Making It Complicated is about how Cam and Hunter, two very different people, meet in Boracay one night, their adventures on the island, and everything that happens after they go back to "real life."

It explores how knowing the time you're spending with someone is limited affects your behavior and makes you more or less vulnerable. There's also a bunch of stuff about friendship, dealing with difficult family issues, and kissing. Definitely kissing.

And abs.

I'm not explaining this very well, am I? Haha.

2) Did you start with the story or with the characters?

Cam and Hunter were supporting characters in Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo #1), so Making It Complicated definitely started with the characters.

The idea of the two of them being together never occurred to me until I was almost finished writing the first draft of Keeping the Distance. By that time, I knew I wanted to write a series of books set in Iloilo City, my hometown, but I didn't know who the next book would be about. JacexCam and an entirely new couple were two of my options, but neither felt right.

Then, in one scene in Keeping the Distance, Cam sort of put Hunter in his place, and I thought, "Hey. These two could actually work."

3) What led you to write it?

Somehow, I just found the idea of Cam and Hunter together interesting. He's very boy-next-door-in-a-band, while she's the type of girl who eats guys like him for breakfast.

Then, I remembered the four tropes Ms. Mina V. Esguerra assigned to us when I joined #buqoYA, an online young adult romance writing class she taught back in 2015. For one of the tropes, the story had to take place in one day, and choosing the right setting was key in ensuring your story was interesting. I'd been assigned a different trope at the time (enemies-to-lovers which resulted in Prom Queen Perfect), but One Day Together struck a chord with me.

I wanted to give it a try.

For the setting, I initially considered Cebu, because I went canyoneering there in March last year, but I ended up wanting to write about a place closer to home (Boracay).

4) What authors or stories inspire you as a writer? (i.e., who are the authors or stories that, if I like their stories, I will probably also like your stories?)

My fellow #romanceclass writers definitely inspire me. I'm in awe of how amazing their books are (both in presentation and content) and how they find new ways to keep pushing the envelope in the romance genre.

So, that's it for today's Q&A. If you have any questions you'd like me to answer in a future blog post, feel free to let me know on Twitter. I'm honestly a little stumped about what kind of posts to write for this blog, so I welcome all suggestions.

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