The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.
Hey Alyssa Thanks for hanging out with me today.
Thanks for having me!
Tell me how you came up with the idea for THE HAZARDS OF SKINNY DIPPING?
Like most of my books, it started with the characters. In this case, I walked around with the idea for a “Juliet” book for a while when finally it all clicked. I kept thinking about what would happen if a girl who never took big risks went skinny dipping, and it turned out nothing like she planned.
What’s the best writing advice you ever received?
Write as much as possible and write what you love.
What’s the strangest place you have ever written?
At a gas station. I had a great book idea and typed it into the note function of my phone. I was only five minutes from home, but I just couldn’t wait.
If you could have one of your characters leave the pages and join you in your life, who would it be and why?
I couldn’t possibly choose only one from all of my books, so I’ll stick with Hazards. I’d pick Reed. He’s the kind of guy we all need as a friend in our life. I wouldn’t mind if he brought Juliet with him. I’d love to spend time with her too.
Tell us something about one of your characters in THOSD that we don’t learn in the books.
Reed’s favorite part of Juliet is her smile. He claims she has a special one she uses only with him.
If you could make one of your books into a children’s picture book, what would you want the lesson to be?
I would turn Beckoning Light into the picture book, and the lesson would be the importance of believing in yourself and your own inner strength.
Complete for me:
When I’m writing, I need Music and Coffee.
When my newest book comes out I have a glass of wine before getting back to work on another project.
My guilty pleasure is chocolate—especially dark.
To escape I head to the water.
Thanks for hanging out with me today. I can’t wait to read this book!
Thanks so much!
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
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