Interview with Kayley Loring, Author of Troublemaker

18 Aug 2020

What can you tell us about your new release, Troublemaker?

Troublemaker is very lighthearted, swoony, and probably the funniest book I’ve written so far. It’s a single dad-teacher steamy romantic comedy that’s part of the Sleeper/Charmer world. Though it isn’t necessary to read the other two books first in order to enjoy the story, it might make it more fun to read about the crossover characters. There is a hilarious little boy named Ryder and a lot of funny email and text conversations. It’s a real slow burn, but also somehow the sexiest book I’ve written because of the chemistry between Alex and Emilia.

If Troublemaker is turned into a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters?

Emma Stone and Zac Efron (but only if he promises not to shave).

What’s the last book you read?

Jock Blocked by Pippa Grant! Listened to the audiobook and it’s so much fun.

Where is your happy place? Why does it bring you joy?

Literal happy place is anywhere with a lot of plants, trees, birds, a water fountain and a shady place to sit. Mental happy place is memories of a perfect summer, back when I lived in LA and visited NYC for the first time with my best friend. When I think of it, I feel like that somewhat naïve twentysomething who’s ready to take on the world again.

What’s on your writing desk?

What’s NOT on it?! There’s my iMac and its accessories, three plants, a Himalayan salt lamp, several pairs of reading glasses, a collection of smooth precious stones, piles of notebooks, five containers filled with pens, various items that I use to clean my glasses and monitor, a framed print of a squirrel wearing a necktie and holding a cup of coffee, and way too many Post-it Notes.

What scene in Troublemaker was your favorite to write?

There’s a chapter where Emilia initiates her first attempt at sexting with Alex, after getting some tips from her gay best friend. Let’s just say she’s not great at it. But spoiler alert—she gets better eventually!

Kayley Loring is the author of the new book Troublemaker.

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