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Laura Bradley Rede


Interview with Laura Bradley RedeKissing Midnight

Deveraux Renard is the perfect boyfriend: perfectly handsome, perfectly charming… perfectly deadly. He has to be. Dev is immortal, but with a catch: Every year he has to make a new girl fall in love with him and kiss her at midnight on New Year’s Eve. That kiss renews his life for another year – and ends hers forever.

This year, Mariana “Saintly” Santos is the lucky girl. Of course she doesn’t know it. Saintly thinks New Year’s Eve is a chance to move beyond the tragedy of her brother’s death and focus on her first year of college. She doesn’t suspect her boyfriend’s secret – and he doesn’t suspect hers: Ever since her brother died, Saintly can see ghosts.

And one ghost in particular is dying to be seen. Twenty years ago, Jesse Hayden jumped off the campus clock tower because she was convinced that she’d never find true love. Now that she has met Saintly, she’s sure that she was wrong. She’s determined to save the only girl in the world who can see her, but can she get Saintly to trust her in time?

Trust the ghost girl and live.

Trust the immortal boy and die.

Saintly has until midnight to make her choice, and the clock is ticking.

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1. What motivated you to write this genre?

I've always loved paranormal romance. I'm a huge fan of Twilight and the Vampire Diaries, and of dark, spooky books like Kendare Blake's ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and Maureen Johnson's THE NAME OF THE STAR. I just love how the paranormal stuff can be a metaphor for things going on in the real world, and how reading about monsters can teach us something about what it means to be human. My first two books, DARKRIDE and CROSSFIRE, are paranormal romances as well, but they are YA. With KISSING MIDNIGHT, I decided to go NA because part of this book is learning how to tell true love from being played, and that's a lesson many of us learn in college.

2. I love the cover, where did the inspiration come from for such a wonderful cover?

Thank you! I'm glad you like it! Damon Za designed it. He's wonderful to work with. I knew I wanted the cover to have something to do with a masquerade because a New Year's Eve masquerade ball is central to the story, and because masks are such a great symbol of the book's theme: What to we conceal from each other? What happens when our true selves come to light? I made a Pinterest board of all these pictures that reminded me of KISSING MIDNIGHT and Damon used that for inspiration. When I first saw the cover, I felt like he had read my mind!

3. Are any of your characters based on characteristics of people you have known?

Saintly is a lot like me - a perfectionist, a little uptight. Her roommate Delia is a little like my friend Liz at that age, because they're both theater majors and very dramatic and over the top. Jesse is loyal in ways that remind me of my wife Marcy. She never hesitates to rush in when someone she loves is in danger, and that's a very Marcy thing to do.

4. Dev, the bad guy that appears to be likable in all the reviews I have read, how did you manage such a twist?

I love it when people say they liked Dev. He works hard at being charming because his life depends on it, and he's had hundreds of years to perfect his act. It was extremely fun to try to write a character who is consciously trying to be the perfect boyfriend, and to play with the whole idea that, just because someone is charming, that doesn't mean they're good.

5. What is the best compliment you have received so far in regards to this book?

There are two: I love it when people tell me that KISSING MIDNIGHT helped them through a hard time. Suicide is a central theme in the book, and there are places where the story is dark, but I love that people take a hopeful "it gets better" message from it in the end. And second, I love it when people tell me this book is different. I think a lot of readers, myself included, are ready for something a little different and I'm happy to be part of that.

Posted on: 2/8/2014 - Posted by: Francessca Webster

- Pamela Says...

Sounds like a great book

- lea Says...

Haven`t read this one yet, but it looks interesting!

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