For fans of Erica O’Rourke’s TORN Trilogy, the clock is ticking as the final release, BOUND, looms ahead. In light of the upcoming milestone we’ve interviewed Erica O’Rourke about the series and what’s next on her agenda.
We know you hate talking about yourself, but could you tell us something that you have never told in another interview?
I tend to read the last page of a book first. It’s terrible, I know. It enrages all of my author friends, and I am trying to get better about it, especially if I know the author personally. But the thing is, if I don’t know how the story ends, I get so nervous that I race through the book to make sure the protagonist is okay – which means I don’t read as closely, and appreciate the book itself less. Technically, I don’t read the ending first – I wait until I’ve truly fallen in love with a character and THEN I skip ahead. Regardless, it’s a mark against me as both a person and a writer, and I’m working on exerting some willpower. This is the one thing I like better about ereaders – it’s a pain to skip ahead on one of those, so I don’t.
Now that the whole Torn series is complete, Bound is scheduled to release June 26th, can you tell us what’s next on your agenda?
Unpacking. We moved into this house right after I sold the trilogy, and I have so many boxes to deal with…it’s embarrassing. It’s been TWO YEARS and I still can’t find my favorite teapot.
On the writing front, I’m working on a completely new project, and I’m loving it beyond words…but I can’t talk about it just yet, unfortunately.
Who was your favorite character to write, and why?
Mo. I mean, the boys were tremendous fun to write – both Colin and Luc are such distinctive personalities and voices, any scene with them was a treat to write. But Mo was the heart of the story, and such a wonderful jumble of emotions and snark and conflict…I loved seeing the world through her eyes, especially when her reactions and thoughts diverged from mine, and I loved how she transformed from the beginning of the series to the end.
Can you tell us which book has the most action? The most romance?
Bound probably has the most action, simply because Mo finally decides she’s had enough of everyone else protecting her. It’s really the book where she decides to take matters into her own hands and protect the people she loves. And it probably has the most romance, too, in the sense that she makes a definitive choice about her future and which guy she wants to be with.
Is there anything you’d like to say to readers who have followed the series from the beginning?
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. I loved this story from the minute I started writing it, but to know that other people have loved it too. I have cared about these characters and this world and how it all ends – I’m just stunned, and grateful beyond words, and I hope you enjoy Bound!
I write books about girls who make their own fate and fall for boys they shouldn’t.
I live outside Chicago. I like to travel but I’ll never really leave this city.
I prefer cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons.
I like sushi, naps, coffee, and driving stick shift.
I hate fish, emoticons, bridges, and talking about myself.
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