04 Feb Author Emma Chase talks romantic comedies, Tangled and Henry Cavill

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For months, I’d been reading tweets talking about the hilarious and wonderful story Tangled by Emma Chase.

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy and the praise I had read was definitely well deserved. Emma Chase has written a funny, sweet, sometimes frustrating love story that will have you laughing and pulling your hair out. The book summary says it all.

 

Drew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that’s not really true.

When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

 

We think you will enjoy Tangled as much as we did and you might even have visions of Henry Cavill dancing in your head, too.

 

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The opening chapter had me laughing right away. How did you come up with the idea of Drew and his horrible 'fever' to start of your story?

First off – thank you. As a writer my goal is and always has been to entertain, to leave readers with a scene or a line that they may think of later with a smile. It means the world to me that so many look at Tangled in that way.

As for the opening chapter, I really liked the idea of introducing Drew at his lowest point – I think it made him more likeable and relatable. Also, the beginning gave readers a direct connection to the chapter where Drew “decides” he has the flu, which made that scene more powerful and rounded out that part of the story nicely.

Personally, I enjoy having a glimpse of how a book will end, in the beginning (I’ve been known to read the last page first – gasp!). Some of my favorite stories like Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet, start this way. Being aware of where a character is going to end up allows me to focus on how they got there. That quirk played a big part in why all the Tangled Series books are structured the way they are.

 

You do such a great job writing this story from the male's perspective. I read snippets to my husband and he was laughing as hard as I was. How did you get into that state of mind? And, did you get any feedback from the men in your life?

That really is the best compliment – to hear that men find Drew’s thoughts and antics as funny as women do, is truly awesome.

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When I write from Drew’s POV — I wish I could explain how it happens – but it sort of just does. He’s a very strong voice in my head and it’s not a male voice in general, but Drew’s character specifically. I just know how he would word things, feel and see things. After I write a scene, I read it over and revise whatever doesn’t “sound” like him.

I didn’t get any feedback from the men in life, actually. My husband and brother didn’t read Tangled until after it was published, but they both enjoyed it. My dad, while very proud and supportive, still hasn’t read it. He tried – but jumped ship at the men’s room scene in chapter one.

And, for the record, I really think I prefer it that way.

 

As much as I wanted to dislike Drew, I couldn't help but falling for him. What inspired the charm of your character?

Growing up, I was lucky to have a wonderful group of guy-friends who were funny, handsome, confident, trustworthy and utterly shameless when it came to their thoughts and opinions on anything. They were definitely part of the inspiration for Drew’s charm.

And, I think Drew’s honesty and humor are what makes him attractive to most readers. We may not agree with or like what he’s saying, but the way he says it is very entertaining. The fact that he has the confidence to tell it like he sees it, that he’s not trying to make himself out to be something he’s not, is also endearing. Plus, I think the respect Drew has for Kate’s intelligence, for his sister, his mother, his secretary’s work, shows that he doesn’t simply objectify women – he also has a strong admiration for them.

All that put together makes Drew a pretty irresistible character.

 

I heard rumblings that this started as a Fan Fiction. Was this story inspired by characters that you'd seen on television or in a movie?

There was an earlier fanfiction version of Tangled and my experience with the fanfiction reading community has been tremendously positive and supportive. But more than anything else, the strongest influences on Tangled's style, characters and story actually came from the movies I watched and loved as a teenager. Ferris Bueller's breaking of the fourth wall, as well as his devilish I-can-get-out-of-anything self-confidence, are pretty obvious in Drew. The humorous drama and memorable one-liners of The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink as well as the light, almost fairy tale feel of Pretty Woman all played a part in my inspiration for Tangled.

I was asked once to compare Tangled to a current movie and I said it was a cross between The Hangover, Sex in the City and a little Notebook here and there (but don't tell Drew I said that). I still think that's pretty accurate.

 

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When I read the description of Drew being strong, well groomed with slicked back black hair and dressed in professional suits, I immediately got a mental picture of Henry Cavill on the Red Carpet. Could you see him in the role of Drew?

Well, let’s see – black hair? Check. Blue eyes? Check. Devastating smile? Check. I think Mr. Cavill fits the bill very nicely!

For any actor who took on the role, the most important quality would be charisma. Drew walks a very fine line between a charming bastard and just a bastard, so the actor would have to possess the kind of captivating personality that would make an audience root for him, even if a part of them feels they shouldn’t.

I’m a fan of Henry’s work (Man of Steel, The Tudors) and I’d love to see him in a romantic comedy. I think he would do amazing things in the role of Drew Evans.

 

Drew's relationship with his niece just melts your heart, while his relationship with his sister made me cheer her on. Are any of the women in this story inspired by women in your life?

There’s a significant age difference between myself and my youngest sister. It’s funny, because I wasn’t conscious of it while I was writing, but she was a huge inspiration for Mackenzie. She heard everything, had a memory like an elephant and never failed to repeat what she’d heard at the most impromptu times.

Alexandra is a fierce combination of tough love and tenderness. While she wasn’t based on a woman in my life, she’s the big sister anyone would want to have – and the kind all of us aspire to be.

 

What's next? When do we get to read more about Drew and Kate? I understand it's from Kate's perspective. Please tell us we can read more in Drew's perspective at some point, because there simply has to be more.

Yes, there’s more – I could probably write these characters into their geriatric years without ever getting bored (I think Drew would make a dashing, dirty old man).

But, in the immediate future, there’s Twisted which releases March 25, 2014. Twisted begins two years after Tangled’s end and is told from Kate’s POV. We’ve only seen her through Drew’s eyes, so it was fantastic to be able to get inside her head – show more of her witty, sexy, sarcastic thoughts – while still moving forward with the story of her and Drew’s relationship.

In July 2014, book #3 in the Tangled Series, Tamed, will be published. Tamed is told from Matthew’s point of view and takes place during the same time period as Tangled. It was so much fun to revisit all the characters as they were in those days, fill in some of the blanks, and show all the sweet, funny ways Matthew and Dee’s romance unfolded.

After that… well, I’m working on something. I can’t release the details yet, but I’ll just say – I do love the way Drew Evans tells a story.

Thank you for such interesting questions! I had a great time and I’m so excited to share the rest of the Tangled Series with you!

 

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