When Lia Riley, super awesome author of the super awesome book Upside Down, book one of her Off the Map series, announced she was having a blog tour, I shoved my way forward because, girlfriend, yes. Let’s do this. Lia is lovely and charming and clutch-your-sides hilarious and I’ve been ridiculously excited for her book since, well. Ever? Probably ever. And now I get the chance to
interrogate interview her! So excite.
1. Tell us about your new book.
A California girl with a secret (okay, fine, she has obsessive-compulsive disorder and made terrible life choices) decides to escape her problems by doing a study abroad trip to Australia. Guess what? She runs into a surly surfer guy who has issues of his own. Hijinks (and banter, sexy times, self-discovery) ensue.
2. What can you tell us about your couple, that we won’t find in the book?
Bran hates to play Monopoly and Talia is terrified of drinking fountains.
3. Why set your books in Australia?
I studied abroad (and met my husband) in Australia. Upside Down is NOT my story, but I felt comfortable and excited about using settings I loved. The locations are all places I’ve been to and spent fun/significant time in (with the exception of a surf break from Book #1. In real life it’s called Winkie Pop and many people were like “dude, that doesn’t sound very bad ass”). I changed that one to a fictional place called “The Rock” but every other place is real.
4. Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
Did Nora Roberts say “you can’t edit a blank page?” It’s my mantra on craptastic writing days.
5. What’s ahead for you and the Off the Map series?
***steeples fingers*** Ideally, I’d love to write about secondary characters from the Off the Map universe (I love so many of them), but we shall see (scurries off to consult a magic eight ball).
Lia, you’re an angel and I love you. Wait. That was creepy. Anyway. THANKS FOR STOPPING BY, SWEET SPIRIT.
If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found
Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to Australia. Everything is going to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes.
Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . of if they were meant to live a world apart.
After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, LIA RILEY scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.