As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.
As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.
When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is her debut novel. She did have her own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn't televised.
INTERVIEW with the lovely Rachel Harris!
Me: Rachel! I’m so excited to interview my super CP for her blog tour *dances all over the place* that I have to ask…*puts Rachel under the spotlight, stares her down* Are you ever going to write a scene where me and Lor FINALLY get to run away together??? Hmmm? ;p
Rach: Totally! Maybe that should be what book three is about! ~jots down notes, giggles~
Me: Okay, moving on past my own selfish desires *sigh*Honestly, how does it feel to see the countdown ticking closer and closer to D-day? Come on, you can be honest =)
Rach: Dude, I really do go back and forth between excited chair dancing (I’m usually sitting in my desk chair when I see it, hence the chair dancing) and terrified hand wringing, completely with squeezing of the head. Add in a healthy dose of “Surely, I’m dreaming, this isn’t real” and you get what the inside of my head looks like in any given second….
Me: Now, time for a serious question: How did you come up with the very fun and creative title My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century?
Rach: I bounce all things story related off my husband, so of course this was no exception. I remember this vividly—he was walking on the treadmill, I was hopping around the room, tossing out era ideas to send Cat to, and quickly decided on the Renaissance. He turned his head and asked if that was around the 16th century, and I said yes, and he said, “How about ‘My Super Sweet Sixteen Hundreds’?” We had just seen a commercial I think for MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen. I thought about it and said, “More like ‘My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century’.” He still prefers his version.
I also remember emailing you shortly after for your approval, and once I got that, the name stuck.
Me: Back to more nonsense: Really, when do I get my Lor scene?
Rach: Hmmm … if you’re really nice and give me a scene with Jace or Reese from Destiny’s Fire (and perhaps the villain in her WIP—yes I said villain but he’s a hot villain, people), then I’ll get it for you by Christmas <3 i="i">3>
Me: If you could choose any actor in the whole wide world to play the role of Lorenzo in a MSSSC movie, who would it be and why?
Rach: Well the dude on my gigantic inspiration poster as Lorenzo is Alex Pettyfer. He’s been Lorenzo from day one, and if you read his description in the book, you’ll see hints of that. I loved being able to picture that boy throughout the drafting process. Sigh….
But seriously, let’s be real. If there would be a movie version of MSSSC, I’d be happy with just about anyone lol!
Me: And my girl Cat?
Rach: This has always been Lily Collins. I’m not as sold on her as I am Alex, so really anyone who can pull off her humor would rock.
Me: I know you’re super busy *cries because it takes time away from me* so I’ll ask one final, super, must-be-known question: Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? (You know how important this is!)
Rach: Yes, this is an essential question….one that is asked at every YA Bound Live Author chat….and now I’m being asked. WOOT!!! If those are my two choices, vanilla…but with chocolate syrup. However, if I could have any, it would be chocolate chip cookie dough. Oh Oh, or Almond Pistachio. Or wait, does ice cream bars count? Cuz Snickers Ice Cream bars rock the party.
(Can you tell I’m on a diet and have been without ice cream for entirely too long???)