Today we're excited to have Shellee Roberts, who writes with Emily McKay and Tracy Deebs under the psuedonym Ivy Adams. She's answering some hard hitting questions about kissing, Texas, and TV!
1) You're involved in an adult version of the International Kissing Club (lucky girl!), who are your top 5 international well-known guys/celebrities that you plan to smooch?
Brad Pitt (he’s American, but he’s always on my list), Colin Farrel (Irish), Alex Pettyfer (English), Guillame Canet (French), Ryan Gosling (Canadian)
2) We have come to (virtually) visit you in the awesomest city in the world, Austin, Texas. Take us on a personal Shellee Roberts tour of the best places to visit, food to eat, and things to do!
If you have never been to Austin, you are missing out! This is not like the rest of Texas, y’all. First, come in April or October when the weather is absolutely perfect—unless you love live music, then you have to come in March for SXSW (South By, as we locals call it) or September for ACL (Austin City Limits). And I hope you like Tex-Mex and BBQ, cause you’re going to eat it a lot, and love it!
We’ll start with the Don Juan Taco for breakfast on the patio at Juan in a Million before we have to go line up for BBQ at Franklins for lunch, cause it sells out quick. Afterwards, we’ll work off those calories with a brisk run around the hike-n-bike trail at Lady Bird Lake followed by a jolting dip in Barton Springs pool’s constant 62 degree water. Late afternoon will call for a round of micheladas in the beautiful outdoor courtyard of the Hotel San Jose on South Congress (SoCo, for you urban hipsters), then we’ll make for chips and salsa and fajitas at Chuy’s. We’ll make it to the Oasis on Lake Travis just in time for watching the sun set into the water and then end the day with some music, of course. Either rock out at Stubbs, two-stepping at the Broken Spoke, or some blues at Antone’s. This would be a perfect Austin day.
3) What are the easiest and hardest things about writing a novel with a group of authors?
The easiest thing is the collaboration. Writing is usually so solitary, and it’s up to you to carry the entire book, come up with all the ideas, and you can’t cover up your weaknesses as a writer. But when you’re writing with others there’s always someone with a great new twist you hadn’t thought of, someone who helps maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses and, most importantly, someone to kick your butt when you don’t feel like writing.
The hardest part is actually getting any work done when we’re together because all we want to do is gossip and eat and talk about anything but the book we’re supposed to be writing.
4) Who's your favorite kissing couple in the book?
I cannot lie, I just love Lucas and Cassidy. About Lucas, when I wrote him I put everything I would have loved about a guy when I was seventeen into him—he’s funny and flirty and affectionate, and he just really loves Cassidy.
Cassidy is everything I wish I’d been at seventeen: strong, athletic, independent, not afraid to stand up for herself. And tall—I really wish I was tall. There’s a lot about life that scares, Cassidy, not the least of which is her feelings for Lucas, but I like to think that these two would make it work somehow.
5) You have just won the chance to be on your favorite TV show for one episode. You get to create your own character and what part they play. Which show is it, who's the character, and what happens?
This is the most awesome question! So, I thought about this probably a little too much, but it was more fun than working on my real writing.
Okay, it’s Friday Night Lights (Season 1) and I’m the new girl in town, Shelby, who’s got a bit of a rebel streak not to mention a kicking leg that would make Phil Dawson envious. (Also, I’m about twenty years younger…and tall.) Any way, I walk onto the Panthers team and dazzle them with my consistent 50+ yard kicking range and Coach Taylor makes me the first female team member of the Dillon Panthers. This causes all kinds of uproar among the football purists of Dillon. However, I do catch the eye of shy and sweet quarterback, Matt Saracen, whom I adore, but realize sadly that he and the coach’s daughter, Julie, are truly meant to be. Heartbroken, I fall into the tanned, toned arms of resident bad boy, Tim Riggins, and obliterate from his memory any thoughts of prissy Lyla Garrity. Then having won Tim’s heart of gold, I prove myself to the whole town by winning the state championship in a clutch situation at the timer. All of this happens in the season finale, but when the next season starts I’m never mentioned again.
Thank you so much for having me today!
Shellee Wants To Know...
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**********Great choices for a kissing spree! Can't wait to spend our day in Austin. We're hungry! And we'd love to see that episode of of Friday Night Lights.
Can't wait to see what TV show you want to be on! We dream about being on Hawaii 5-0, Castle, White Collar, Vampire Diaries, Glee, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, The Mentalist, Person of Interest, Justified, Bones, Fringe, ...we could go on and on!
Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. And they've always agreed on one goal: to get out of tiny Paris, Texas, and see the world. The school's foreign exchange program seems like the perfect escape: Piper will go to the original Paris; Mei will go to China; Cassidy will go to Australia; and Izzy, unable to afford the program, will stay at home. To add spice to their semester away, and to stay connected to their best friends, the girls start The International Kissing Club, a Facebook page where they can anonymously update one another and brag about all the amazing guys they're meeting. After all, these girls are traveling abroad: amazing guys abound at every turn! But sometimes fun, flirty vacation flings turn into more serious romances, and sometimes you don't return from abroad the same person you were. Will the girls' relationships-and their friendships-be able to survive?