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ONLY BETWEEN US
by Mila Ferrera
Published September 3rd 2013
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A big THANK YOU to Mila for sitting down and taking the time to answer some questions to quell our curiosity!
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
By far, my favorite scene to write was the one that inspired the cover. Because of the chapter structure, the reader gets both Romy’s (at the beginning) and Caleb’s (as things get wild) perspectives, and because it’s their first KISS. It’s a very intense scene, and one in which both characters completely let themselves go. I love that kind of scene.
Who’s your favorite character to write and why?
Caleb. He’s got all this stuff going on inside of him, but he struggles to express himself with words, especially when things get emotional (he pours all of that into his paintings). And yet, sometimes he says really insightful stuff that leaves Romy, who’s training to be a therapist, kind of stunned. He’s just a very interesting character to me, who’s been through stuff that’s really made him question his worth and strength. Of course, Romy helps him figure it out.
Is there a character / characters in your books you particularly identify with?
Probably Romy and Jude in this particular book, since I know how scary it is when you first start seeing clients—you want so badly to do right by them, and are afraid of getting it wrong somehow and inadvertently harming the person. Romy really struggles with this—even with Caleb, who’s not her client.
What are you working on next?
EVERYTHING BETWEEN US, another standalone contemporary romance, comes out 11/5/13. It features Caleb’s best friend, Daniel, who is also an artist. It’s on Goodreads! Daniel’s a very different character from Caleb. In his own words: “Caleb bares his soul on his canvases. I bare everything but.”
Any series plans?
I will never write a romance series that features the same couple over and over again. I think I’d get bored of writing all that breaking up and making up, so I only write standalone novels with HEAs. That’s what makes me happiest!
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in California, but I think I belong in New England.
What are three things that make you happy?
My children, good food, and the ability to lose myself in a story.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Exuberantly bursting into a colleague’s office when he was in the middle of a therapy session with a client (in my defense, he didn’t have a “session in progress” sign on the door!) Imagine having a deep, wrenching conversation with your therapist interrupted by this random, bespectacled, awkward woman. I was that woman.
What turns you on creatively?
The extent to which people will sacrifice for the ones they love.
What are your pet peeves?
Passive-aggressive digs (I much prefer direct communication), rude drivers (who forget the other cars are operated by human beings), and self-satisfaction.
One piece of advice to someone who’d like to follow in your footsteps?
Focus on quality. Don’t put junk out there—invest in your work.
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