Interview with Jolie Harris, Author of The Hopeless Romantic’s Guide to Avoiding Love

23 Feb 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Hopeless Romantic’s Guide to Avoiding Love?

I read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne about a dozen times during the pandemic, and it brought me so much joy. I wanted to create something that would bring people happiness!

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Hopeless Romantic’s Guide to Avoiding Love, what would they be?

Lover by Taylor Swift; Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) by The Temptations

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Contemporary romance! Also my favorite genre to write.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Real Magic by Dr. Wayne Dyer, My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey, Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez, and I absolutely can’t wait for Emily Henry’s new book.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The scene where Sylvie and Woods are stargazing and things get steamy…

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

While writing this book, I felt most inspired while writing in the kitchen. This drove my husband crazy when he was trying to cook dinner.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I’m on the manifestation cruise ship, so “The better it gets, the better it gets, the best is yet to come,” is my jam right now.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

How the story made them feel: happy, inspired, a newfound obsession with romance novels, etc…


Jolie Harris is the author of the new book The Hopeless Romantic’s Guide to Avoiding Love

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