by Erin Fletcher
Published by Entangled Teen Crush
Hi Erin! I’m so happy to have you stop by A Leisure Moment! I loved All Laced Up and might have slipped into fangirl mode when you tweeted that you were starting the next book in the series.
To begin, why don’t you tell us something unique about yourself?
Thank you so much for having me! Something unique about me is that I was on my university’s synchronized skating team. A lot of people don’t know that synchronized skating is a sport, but I did it and had a blast!
All Laced Up takes place on the ice. I have always been a fan of figure skating (watching never doing) and have a certain fascination with hockey, as well. What inspired you to have your characters on skates?
I started figure skating around the end of elementary school and continued through college, so it was natural for me to write about a figure skater! Since I was in rinks a lot, I was also around a ton of hockey players. Romance between figure skaters and hockey players is only natural!
The enemies to friends tropes is one of my favorites! It has an inevitability that sucks me in from the beginning. Why did you structure the romance this way?
Right? It’s one of my favorites, too! I’d written friends to lovers before, so I wanted to try something different for this book. Plus, it just seemed fun to make two enemies work together to save the rink they both love!
I must say, I was swooning over Pierce Miller not long after I met him—while half confused about who he really was. You had a golden boy’s fall thing going on (LOVE!). How did you create such an honest character?
So glad you swooned! Pierce has two personas – his public/web celeb persona, and the one he saves for his family and close friends. Making him honest meant hitting that private persona hard and making that who he really is!
Mental illness also plays a role in All Laced Up. How much research was involved in getting it just right and having Carson and Pierce’s relationship come across in such a way that did it justice?
I actually didn’t need to do a ton of research for that. Carson’s character was inspired by some of my former 5th grade students who had special needs and some of the kids I currently work with at my church who have Sensory Processing Disorder. As for the brotherly relationship, I just set out to make Pierce the best big brother possible. I wanted Carson to look up to him in a way that’s totally different from the way the rest of the world looks up to him for his fame and hockey skills.
The Lia Bailey, to quote her favorite rink owner, was spunky yet reserved. I loved how she didn’t shy away from her insecurities and was the girl that so many of us are in those awkward high school years. Who and what shaped the creation of her character?
Not many of my characters are autobiographical, but The Lia Bailey is pretty close! So a lot of what she went through is similar to what I’ve been through, and a lot of her thoughts, actions, and reactions are similar to mine.
Okay, okay, I know I’m talking about this book a lot, but I just loved it! I don’t want readers to think this is the only thing you have to offer. Can you tell me a little bit about Pieces of You and Me? I’ve had my eye on it for a while!
So glad you loved it! Pieces of You and Me is about two childhood best friends, Chase Walsh and Rylee Dunn, who were completely separated for five years. When they’re reunited, they’ve both changed a lot, but despite those differences, they’re attracted to each other in a completely different way.
When writing, what is something that you always have to have with you, on your desk, or in your bag if you chose to venture into a coffee shop or bookstore for a writing day?
I always have to have coffee or tea. Most of my writing is done very early in the morning (I’m a member of the #5amwritersclub on Twitter) so caffeine is a must!
Writers are readers, too, right? What’s your favorite genre to read?
Absolutely! I read mostly contemporary YA. Recent reads include The Bad Boy Bargain, Phantom Limbs (probably the best book I’ve read all year), and Places No One Knows.
After reading All Laced Up, I desperately wanted some cooler weather! If you were snowed in, what’s your go-to read?
Yes! It’s a great fall/winter book! Being snowed in doesn’t happen too often since I live in the south, but if it did happen, I’d probably choose a book that let me get lost in the story (and forget about the snow) like the Harry Potter series, David Levithan’s Every Day, or Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.
Thanks for stopping by, Erin! I excited to read the rest of this series and more of your work!
Thank you again for having me! I greatly appreciate it!
I’m starting to think I should’ve gotten my feet on the ice!
If you’re not convinced that you should totally get this book, check out these teasers that I made!
Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.
When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.
But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.
Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…
Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…
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