Interview with Larissa Weatherall, Author of When It Was Us
In our last interview of 2017, we’re thrilled to be talking with Larissa Weatherall, author of the contemporary romance, When It Was Us.
What’s your book about?
When It Was Us is a story about forgiveness and second chances set in the fictional small southern town of Sage Hill. Drew pushed Anna away in a moment of panic, and he’s lived with the regret since the day he watched her marry another man. Now he wants her back, and he’ll go to any length to prove he never stopped loving her.
Share a teaser sentence or two from your novel.
The first man to break her heart might possibly have loved her all along.
What do you want people to know about your book?
It’s a sweet romance with a HEA and book one in the Sage Hill series.
What did you learn about yourself while writing this novel?
It sounds so cliché, but never give up on your dreams. I’ve edited and polished, changed tense and point of view, added chapters and forced myself to cut ones that I loved. There were times I really really wanted to quit. Days when the rejection letters made me feel like my writing was terrible and I should just throw my laptop at the wall and let this book go. But I just couldn’t do it.
What was your timeline from drafting to publication?
About five years.
What is your favorite part of writing (drafting characters, making up scenes, plotting, developing emotional turning points, etc). Why?
I love the emotional turning points. It sounds awful, but I really love torturing my characters and usually making myself cry in the process.
Briefly, where did the idea for your book come from?
I just had this idea one day for the opening scene of the book. I sent it to my best friend who said “tell me what happens next.” And I did.
When do you do your best thinking about your work in progress?
My best ideas always seem to hit me when I’m driving and have no way of writing them down.
Share something people may be surprised to know about you?
My husband is a pilot but I get airsick. I threw up the first time he took me flying and he still married me. J Now that’s true love.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?
Give yourself a deadline and stick to it.
I’m working on Luke’s book, book two in the Sage Hill series.
“Betrayal tore her world apart. Now Anna is back in her hometown hoping she might be able to pick up the pieces.
Anna is determined to get her life back together—to not let the disappointment of a failed marriage define her. That is, until the first man to ever break her heart steps in and throws her new plans for an independent future off course.
Drew pushed Anna away in a moment of panic, and he’s lived with the regret since the day he watched her marry another man. Now he wants her back, and he’ll go to any length to prove he never stopped loving her.
But ten years is a long time, and nothing is as simple as it was back then.
Not only does Anna still carry the scar Drew left behind all those years ago, she also hides a secret that threatens to destroy their last hope to find happily ever after.”