“You have a great ass,” she whispered.
“It’s all yours,” I challenged her. “You only gotta ask.”
“Maybe I won’t ask; maybe I’ll just grab a hold,” she laughed.
“Fine by me.”
As the trees thinned out, I could see people already laying out beach towels, and a couple of guys throwing a football. Some of them I knew, but there were several I didn’t. I thought maybe they went to Viera or Rockledge schools.
Yansi laid out two towels for us while Megan took charge of the food and Esther was eye-fucking one of the guys playing football.
I tugged off my t-shirt and plopped down next to Yansi. She was wearing some real short cut-off jeans that showed her butt cheeks, and a tank top that was cropped above her belly button. She looked incredible.
“How come you were allowed to leave the house like that?” I teased.
She smirked at me and pointed to her sweater.
“I tied this around my waist. Papi couldn’t tell the difference.”
“And your mom?”
Yansi laughed. “She just shook her head and said to tell you hi.”
Beauty in the Beastly Books: First let me congratulate you, once again, for going all Brazilian! I can’t wait to show Seb and Caro to all my Brazilian friends!!
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thank you! It’s so exciting! And the Brazilian readers have been so encouraging and friendly. I can’t wait to see what the Brazilian covers look like. But you’ll have to tell me what the translation is like – I’m sure Novo Século will do an amazing job.
I sure can’t wait to see how the translation will be!!!
Beauty in the Beastly Books: I know you wrote FSOG fanfiction (I LOVE them!)
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Yep! The stories are still on fanfiction.net under the name ‘sunandsuf’. They’ve been translated into Spanish, but not Portuguese – yet LOL!
(I might just try to translate them, so, I will never look at Taylor the same way after reading your fics!)
Beauty in the Beastly Books: So, who is (or are) your inspiration when it comes to writing? What authors inspired you to start writing?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: I’ve always wanted to write. I used to think I wanted to be a journalist, but I prefer making things up. Perhaps I should have been a tabloid journalist!
Lots of things inspire me, not just other books or authors. People, the world around me, these things influence the books I write.
For me, Jane Austen wrote the perfect book – ‘Persuasion’. I know she didn’t even get to polish it before she died, so I’m sure she’d have made changes. But it’s about love second time around, when you’re older and wiser. It’s about the limited options for women, and about how the world changes you. It’s about the expectations of your friends and family, and the way the world judges you. It’s about making your own decisions and accepting the consequences of those decisions. It’s about love.
OMG! Persuasion is my favorite ever Jane Austen book!! The story is so actual, it could be about characters in our modern world! I absolutely love it! Not to mention it’s a second-chance romance!!!
Beauty in the Beastly Books: First of all, how is your writing process? Do you write down everything and anything that comes to your mind or do you wait for the ideas to sit in?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Some stories start with a single idea; some start with a scene; some start with a character; some start with a title.
I wrote a play about a man who’d been in the arBemy and been damaged by the things he saw. I had this idea of someone looking in a mirror and spitting at his reflection because he hated the person that he saw. The idea didn’t make it into the play, but I did use it in the book ‘At Your Beck & Call’ about a male escort.
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Do you always have a clear idea of the whole story, how it will unfold or does it, and the characters, ever surprise you along the way?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Characters are usually pretty clear from the beginning. Occasionally they change, but I usually have a clear idea of how they’ll behave and the direction of the story. Sometimes the things they say surprise me, and then I wonder, where on earth did that come from?
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Is there one of your characters that is a favorite? I gotta tell you, for me it’s pretty hard to choose between Seb, Daniel and Jordan!
Jane Harvey-Berrick: No! You can’t ask me that! It would be like asking me to pick my favourite child! Nope, sorry! Can’t do it.
Sorry! Sorry! As a reader I can’t choose between my favorites (Seb, Daniel and Jordan), imagine you as their book mom!!! 😉
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Which of your stories do you like best? And why?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Same answer. I fall in love with my characters when I write them. Finishing a book is a mini bereavement and I go into a slight depression until I start writing the next one.
I can only imagine! I hate to see the stories ending and knowing I will have to let go of them, even though they remain with me for so long!!!
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Even though I really like your male POVs (and I usually don’t like those), will you ever write a book based on woman POV alone again like TEOS and TEOC?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thank you. One of the best compliments I had was from a male reader. He said something like most books written by women that had male POV didn’t sound right to him. But in my books, they did. I loved that!
Oh, definitely! I’ve got a two book series that I’ve planned for next year that will be female POV. I didn’t set out to deliberately write several male POV books one after the other, it’s just the way it turned out – or rather the stories that came to me.
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Which of your books would you most like to see as a movie?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: I think ‘Dangerous to Know & Love’ would make a great film. Definitely. I’ve even written a filmscript for that one, but so far Steven Spielberg isn’t returning my calls LOL.
I was hoping you would say that!!! Even though I think TEOS and TEOC could be an epic, Oscar-worthy, movie, Dangerous to Know and Love is such a great story! It’s beautiful and deep and I would love to see my Daniel on the screens!!!
Beauty in the Beastly Books: How did you meet her hubby? Is he blond and surf type?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Ha, no! Not at all. We were both working for a children’s charity. He was walking down the stairs and I was walking up. He looked really fed up so I said something like, “It can’t be that bad! There must be something to smile about!” And then he smiled at me. That was it.
OK, I LOVE that! You NEED to use this in a story!!!!!
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Is he anything like the new book book? Does he ride a motorcycle or went to jail?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: He used to have a motorbike, but not now. He loves old sports cars.
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Where does the inspiration for your male characters come from?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Everywhere. Nowhere. The world around me. My imagination.
Beauty in the Beastly Books:I gotta tell you, I love how easy to relate your characters are. That is one of my favorite things about your books!
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thank you. I don’t want people to have to suspend disbelief when they read my stories. I don’t want them to think, ‘People never behave like that!’ I try to root everything in the real world.
I couldn’t agree more!!! I’ve been seeing so many “unreal” stories lately. Yes, it is fiction, but for me, even fiction needs to be relateable…
You can create your own world in books, but it has to be consistent. I mean, I love paranormal. ‘Buffy’ is one of my all-time favourite programmes, but the way people behaved was ‘real’ within that world: human nature was still real.
Beauty in the Beastly Books: That and the way you turn words into living poetry, it’s simply amazing and I’m always highlightning quotes from your books!
Jane Harvey-Berrick: That’s really good to hear. I love playing with words, the way they sound. It’s important to me that the writing pleases me if I read it aloud.
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Do you have a favorite quote?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Yes. Sebastian’s letter to Caro.
“I love you, I have always loved you, and wherever I go after this world, I will always love you. Sempre e per sempre.”
I LOVE that quote! I translated it to Portuguese and, even though Iusually like the originals better than the translations, it sounded amazingly beautiful in my own language too!! Plus, in Portuguese the word “forever” (sempre in Italian) is actually “para sempre”.
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Now, I’d like to do a quickfire Q&A with you!
Favorite book? Persuasion, Jane Austin
Coke or pepsi? Neither. Tea or water!
Cats or dogs? Dogs
Favorite movie? Point Break, the Keanu Reeves film. Changed my life!
Favorite color? Turquoise.
If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go? I’m going to Berlin tomorrow! I’d love to go to Japan.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Right here where I live now. I can hear the ocean at night.
Black or White? Black.
Light or Dark? Light.
And now…Baby Seb or Chief Hunter? Oooh! Young Seb in the morning, and Chief Hunter the rest of the day 😉
I know my friend (and book twin) Audrey will love that one!!
Again, Jane, THANK YOU so much for this interview Jane! It means a lot to me and i just love interacting with authors such as you!
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thank you! Great questions – really made me thing.
Congratulations on the New release of Summer of Seventeen and I can’t wait for more of your books!!!
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thanks, Carol. You’re a honey! Yep, more e-books coming to a screen near you soon!
I started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I can!My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.
My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.
Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet.