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Take Two with Karysa Faire

Karysa Faire

Give us the one to two sentence tagline for your book.

Fantasy or reality? Only love will tell.

What surprised you the most while writing this book?

There were a few things that surprised me – how difficult it was for me to give it to others to read (after all, I’m writing to BE read), and how long it took to write it (ten looooong years!). However, I think what surprised me most is how much of myself is in the story. I swear I didn’t mean to do this – I really tried to make a protagonist who was not me – but it didn’t quite work out that way. Even though I’ve never experienced what Rachel experiences in TAKE TWO, it was challenging for me to envision her reacting any other way than she did. Which, coincidentally, would be exactly how I would react. I’ve heard other authors say there first few books are like this… now I know EXACTLY what they mean!

Why did you pick the setting you used for your book?

TAKE TWO’s setting is the San Francisco Bay Area (where I live, so I know it), Costa Rica, and the Napa Valley. As far as SF goes, I set it there because I wouldn’t have to do tons of research. As far as Costa Rica and the Napa Valley? I’m not really sure how my characters ended up there. I wanted them in beautiful, romantic places.

What is the sexiest trait of your hero?

His green eyes and dark, wavy hair. Sigh. His smile. His voice. He’s an a-list actor so my heroine first falls for all of those external traits.

What is your favorite scene/moment in your book?

Probably the overnight rafting trip in Costa Rica. Not only is it a gorgeous setting, but there’s humor, action, a range of emotions, and some, um, intimacy.

What scene did you have to cut but wish could have been included?

When the ex-husband gets what he deserves. Grrrrr. However, the way I’d set it up made it feel like two books in one. Two very different books. So I had to cut it. But still… I wanted something bad to happen to him.

Tropes get a bad name, but they’re often the biggest draw for readers. What tropes do you love to write and read?

I love reading friends-to-lovers or second-chance romance. Honestly, I haven’t written enough to say what I love to write. I’m still exploring!

What are your favorite genres/sub-genres to write in? Are there any you love to read but cannot write in?

Favorite genres to read – honestly, I don’t have one because I enjoy almost everything. As far as writing goes, I’ve written contemporary, paranormal (ghosts and spirits), erotic horror, and historical.

Which do you love to write best: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?

I really like writing dialogue as it’s the easiest way (for me) to keep the plot moving.Then, in edits, I LOVE to go back in and flesh out the dialogue with descriptions.

Which do you hate to write: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?

Even though I love to read them, I loathe writing love scenes. I mean, how does one take the most intimate of moments and make it sound sexy? Because let’s be honest, sex can be funny as hell. Plus, it’s ultimately an action scene that you don’t want to read as an action scene.

Is love real, or only fiction? Thrust into the spotlight when her first novel is optioned as a movie, Rachel must navigate the rocky waters of fame. But when the man of her dreams is cast as the hero, she finds it’s not always easy to discern true emotions from fantasy. Roger knows he can’t trust a pretty face. After his marriage went up in flames, the brooding movie star refuses to be used again. But what happens when his instant connection to a certain fiery author breaks past his tough exterior? Can they learn that reality really can be sweeter than fiction? Or will their fears keep them apart?

Excerpt from Take Two

“What are you doing here, Roger?”

“That’s what I’m wonderin’,” he answered.

Rachel searched his face. His gaze was steady as he looked her in the eyes. She swallowed. “Fun day, wasn’t it?” she asked.

Roger reached out his hand and lightly touched her injured shoulder. “How’s it holdin’ up?”

She sighed. She could play this game of talking but not really talking. “Not too bad, thanks. The story will last a lot longer than the discomfort.”

“The story of how I rescued you?” Roger asked, smiling tentatively.

“Maybe. That and the look on your face when you fell afterward,” Rachel said, smiling back.

“My vote is for leaving that part out,” he said. “Wouldn’t want it gettin’ round that I fell head over heels for you.”

Karysa Faire is a fiction writer and high school science teacher. Her best days are when something unexpected and new happens – whether that be in the classroom or during vacations when she goes on extended road trips to haunted ghost towns. Karysa writes a variety of romance genres including contemporary, historical, erotica, horror, and paranormal. She’s also been known to write a mean lab report. Karysa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area along with millions of other people, including her wonderful family.

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