Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann @KannClaire @XpressoTours

Let’s Talk About Love
Claire Kann
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 23rd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

Interview with Claire Kann

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Let’s Talk About Love?

Alice is a soon-to-be college sophomore with a bubbly personality, witty spirit and tends to live on the overdramatic side of life. Her best friend, Feenie, is sort of her total opposite—razor-sharp and snarky with a penchant for fist fighting. Takumi, Alice’s new coworker, likes to laugh but isn’t funny himself, loves extreme sports, photography, and kids—he’s gearing up to start his first year of teaching at an elementary school.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

My next book with my publisher, Swoon Reads, is in the works but there really isn’t much to say about it yet. To keep myself busy, I also post free stories on Wattpad (@ClaireKann). There you’ll find everything from an adorkable vampire and the magical love of his life to rookie clairvoyants to college kids with god complexes.

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

It definitely depends on the book. For me, writing is rewriting. A first draft can take anywhere from one week to several months. Then, I take that draft and rewrite the entire thing, expanding and editing as I go. That process usually takes a month to over a year.

What is your favorite childhood book?

I adored Goosebumps and the Fear Street series as a kid.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from Let’s Talk About Love who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

I would spend the day with Alice because she’s awesome and go to Disneyland. There, we would eat a bunch of junk food, pick out lots of souvenirs for her friends, take a ton of pictures to show Takumi, and ride very slow, non-scary rides.

What was the hardest scene from Let’s Talk About Love to write?

The hardest scene is a bit of a spoiler, so I can’t talk about it, but it involves Alice and her dad towards the end of the book. I cried and cried and cried as I wrote it.

What made you want to become a writer?

I took a creating writing class as an elective in college. Our first assignment was to write a short story to be critiqued by our classmates during workshop. My story, Daddy’s Little Monster, was about a girl who gets a second chance at existing when she’s hired to make bargains with the parents of dying children—ten more years of life in exchange for the kid’s soul—and my classmates loved it. I changed my major to English the next day.

Just for fun

a)   Favorite song: Music is one of the most important things in my life, so it’s impossible to pick a favorite. But right now I’m listening to “Off the Wall” by Michael Jackson. We’ll go with that.

b)   Favorite book: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

c)   Favorite movie: Howl’s Moving Castle

d)   Favorite TV show: A three-way tie between Living Single, Fringe, and The Good Place

e)   Favorite Food: Pizza!

f)    Favorite drink: Ice water!

g)   Favorite website: Judging by my browser history, it’s Tumblr or Wattpad

Thanks so much for visiting with us today! 

Author Bio:

Claire Kann hails from the glorious Bay Area where the weather is regrettably not nearly as temperate as it used to be. She has a BA in English/Creative Writing from Sonoma State University, works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE is her debut novel.



Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)