LET'S WELCOME ELIZABETH STEVENS AUTHOR OF: CHAOS & THE GEEK

LET’S
WELCOME
ELIZABETH
STEVENS

AUTHOR OF:






RAD-READER:  Why did you want to write this story?




ELIZABETH: I wanted to try my hand at an adult romance. I wanted to use all the clich├ęs and the tropes and see if I could pull it off. Until the dual release of my first two adult romances, I wrote Young Adult which I always tried to give some depth and multi-layers. For Chaos, I just wanted to write some fluff – something sexy and feel-good without trying to layer it with too much inner meaning. Basically, I just wanted a change from my usual pace.





RAD-READER:  Where did the idea for this story come from?




ELIZABETH: You know, I actually don’t remember. I tend to have something like one or two new ideas floating through my head a day. Sometimes I latch onto them and flesh them out into more of a plotline, and other times I tell myself I do not need yet another idea to fill up the backlog of everything that still needs to be written.





RAD-READER:  How did you go about developing Amber and Chaos’ characters?




ELIZABETH: Amber and Chaos were two of those characters that just arrived fully formed. I knew exactly how they acted and who they were. As I wrote out the story, the why just sort of happened. The backstories flowed – the plot-centric ones, anyway. I wouldn’t say developing them was a conscious decision or process, characterization was easy. It was the plot that was a little harder.





RAD-READER:  How did Amber and Patrick manage to stay so close, I mean with the large age gap between them of seven years and his line of work?




ELIZABETH: Some siblings are just like that, and these two are some of them. They put in the effort when they could, but closeness isn’t something you have to always foster. It’s like seeing an old friend after so many years and it’s like nothing’s changed – you’re chatting and laughing and reliving old memories in moments. I didn’t base Amber and Pat off anyone, but my sister and I are the same – she’s eleven years older than me, we have different mums, and we’ve lived in different countries for all but about the first two years of my life, but we’re super close, we’re always there for each other, and whenever we see each other, it’s mayhem and teasing.





RAD-READER:  With Kit being the older one why didn’t he make more of an effort when she was younger to be closer to Amber and see what was up?




ELIZABETH: Because that’s not what the older brother’s friend goes out of his way to do when he’s in his teens. I don’t remember any of my friend’s older brother’s bothering to be friends with us, let alone their friends trying to get along with my friends. They do their own thing and the little sister does hers, no matter how close the siblings are. There are some lines you don’t cross, and some you do. Pressuring her to open up to him when she seemed to hate him was a line he didn’t cross – he was as kind and polite to her as he could be, but he wasn’t going to force anything on her.





RAD-READER:  When did Amber become attracted to Kit?




ELIZABETH: When she first started noticing some boys were more attractive than others. So sort of always. It’s just the way she was attracted to him changed. When she was younger, it was the sort of crush you have on a celebrity out of one of those magazines – you know, back in the day when you got a poster of Aaron Carter or N*Sync in it (do they still do that?). Then as she got older, she was more crush as in she quite liked him. Then by the time Pat made them move in together, she was full-on attracted to him the kind of way you just don’t realize you’re in love with someone yet.





RAD-READER:  When did Kit become attracted to Amber?




ELIZABETH: For Kit, it was her personality he liked first, but the age difference stopped him thinking about it any more then she was a good kid who was going to grow up to be an amazing woman. He was never in a position to let himself crush on her or fall for her, or even just lust after her, until they met again at the start of the book and the age difference was far less relevant.





RAD-READER:  Carmel is someone special to Kit that helps him either like a mother or a grandmother.  Where did he find her?




ELIZABETH: As it mentions in chapter six, Kit met Carmel on a mission in Bolivia. Things went sideways and her family took the unit in. A lot of her family ended up dying, so the boys brought Carmel and her niece to Australia.





RAD-READER:  Where are Kit’s and Amber’s parents?




ELIZABETH: All the parents live about 20-30 minutes from Kit’s place. As mentioned in the story, they still often have dinner together with Kit’s little brother. Kit doesn’t go home a lot, not for lack of loving his family, he just feels a little separate from them. Amber goes home more often.





RAD-READER:  How does Kit have so much money for his age?




ELIZABETH: The security firm did really well, really quickly. They got lucky – right place, right time basically. They found a few well-off customers at the beginning who put their name around to their friends and business went from there.





RAD-READER:  If it is Grace does that mean Patrick is also a boss of the company?




ELIZABETH: The company is named after both Patrick and Kit, yes. He’s a partner on paper, but, Kit is in charge because, in his own words, Pat’s a ‘lazy bastard who’d rather do the job than the paperwork’.





RAD-READER:  Amber mentioned a dark period in Kit’s life what happened?




ELIZABETH: This is one of those backstory bits I never really worked out. Mostly, Kit’s just wired with a predisposition for darker moods. I don’t really want to say his mental health’s just bad as it sounds flippant, but that’s what it boils down to. And this kicking in at a young age. 





RAD-READER:  Why does Pat have such a problem if she dates any one of the guys on the team?  If he trusts them with his life why wouldn’t he trust them with his sister?




ELIZABETH: Because there’s a difference between trusting a guy with your life and with your sister’s heart…or dignity. None of the guys have a great track record with commitment – Pat included – and Pat wants someone worthy of his little sister who’s not just going to mess her around. Up until the end of the book, Pat truly doesn’t believe that any of the guys, as much as he loves them, are capable of not messing a girl around – again, him included. The whole Kit and Amber thing, though, gives him a rethink.






RAD-READER:  Amber’s ex really thought he had a chance with her when he is still with Dannie but saying he loves Amber?




ELIZABETH: Brent is what we call delusional – he wants all the shiny things and is so arrogant he truly believes just saying he loves Amber will make her come back to him. Of course, he could have dropped Dannie had Amber come back, but he wasn’t going to risk being left with no girl if Amber didn’t come back. Naturally, he did end up with no girl as Dannie was a cowardly backstabber, but she was proud enough to drop him after hearing that.





RAD-READER:  None of the guys noticed there is a connection growing between Amber and Chaos how can that be especially at the dinner?




ELIZABETH: Because they wanted to see them getting along, especially Pat – he wanted more than anything for them to be friends so everyone could hang out. Having never seen Kit and Amber being friendly before, they had no scale by which to judge just how friendly their feelings were.





RAD-READER:  Now she said Dannie stood by and watched what happened to her the night of her trauma.  There wasn’t completion just his struggle to get there before Amber’s fight or flight kicks in is that right?




ELIZABETH: Dannie walked in at the end and Amber had just got away before her panicked brain could come up with some way to do something to help Amber. So she saw enough to know it was terrifying for Amber and how that affected her through life, but not soon enough to be able to help. And right – he didn’t even get inside Amber, he was just trying very much to overpower her so he could.





RAD-READER:  If Kit is truly falling for Amber shouldn’t he go o Patrick and ask if he can date her?  Letting him know as he's gotten to know her as the woman she is, that she’s amazing.




ELIZABETH: Kit has to reconcile that with himself first. It’s one thing to let lust and hormones take over, but after when you’re brain kicks in and you have to justify it, it gets tricky. Then, once he’s done that, he has to work out how to tell Pat in a way he knows Pat will listen to him and believe him. The surety that Pat will hate him also scares him off. He knows Pat well enough to guess how unfavorably his best mate will react. He knows he has to tread lightly. So it took him a little while to work up the courage to tell Pat.





RAD-READER:  They keep saying ten years – What was the defining moment where Amber and Kit stopped talking?




ELIZABETH: Kit and Amber never really talked in the first place. They just ended up around each other as a by-product of their families’ closeness. But the ten years refer to when the boys went off to uni, stopped coming around to family dinners so much, and then finally enlistment and off to training.





RAD-READER:  What is the deal with Johnson?  Did he trip her the night of the dinner when she hurt her ankle?




ELIZABETH: So, behind the scenes, Johnson is like Rowan Atkinson’s character in ‘Love Actually’. Or at least one iteration of his character. The idea had been that he was sort of a guardian angel for the characters, leading them on their path and helping them when they needed it (like his ticket bit at the airport). So, Johnson was sort of this figure who was there to help Kit and Amber get together. The possibility he tripped her is definitely meant to be implied, but not in a malicious way.
Rad-Reader: I so thought that so glad I wasn't cray-cray! Well, I am but...







RAD-READER:  If your book was made into a movie who would you want to play…


Amber:  Hunter McGrady


Kit:  Jimmy Garoppolo


Patrick:  Stephen Amell


Nico:  Garrett Hedlund


Rollie:  Kieran Bew


Tank: 




ELIZABETH: Oh God, I have no idea. I seem to be focussing more on actors’ personalities rather than sticking strictly to looks, but we’ll see how I go. Um… Maybe;



Amber: Emma Roberts – she does the comedically awkward really well. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/329466528974797243/

Or Zoey Deutch – she is also awesome.

Kit: I want to say, Tyler Hoechlin
although I have no idea how tall he is, but I’m less worried about that. He does broody, he does sweet, he does cheeky. And his jaw is chiseled as anything!


Patrick: Being set in Australia, I think someone like 
Chris Hemsworth 
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/634374297497462601/
would do Hawk justice – especially bringing some of the humor to it.


Nico: Ugh, this one’s hard. Accents aside, Sam Claflin 

maybe? He also might not be tall enough…


Rollie: Skylar Austin 
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/318277898660343935/
is wonderful – the personality that shines through his characters just screams Rollie to me. Although he’s not quite as buff, he’s got cheeky in spades. Looks-wise, someone like 
Milo Ventimiglia 
I think would pull off Rollie really well, even in the character department.


Tank: God, this one’s the hardest. Ignoring height, someone like Charlie Hunnam 
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/756182593664778382/
perhaps? 
Or a young John Cena
The others can get away with being less tall, but Tank really needs to be a big buff guy.







RAD-READER:  What song or songs best describes your characters at a time during the book or your book as a whole?



“Hold Me – The Teskey Brothers”

Kit couldn’t understand why Amber hated and seemed to push him away.  She seemed to bring out all his protective instincts.  He found that he wanted to hold her and make things better for her.  He found the more she was around he was the one feeling better.  But he wasn’t settling down type.




***


“Hands on You – Ashley Monroe”

On the first night and many nights thereafter Amber would toss and turn because, since the age of thirteen, she has had a crush on Kit.  Now, she is living in his spare room down the hall from his bedroom.  She was a royal mess.




 ***


“Holding the Other – Lauren Alaina”

Amber being a self-proclaimed geek and a plus-sized girl her confidence has never been high but to hear her talk to herself about it, she has no clue how gorgeous.  She is and together they make each other better.






ELIZABETH: So, the book has a playlist on Spotify - 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Le41PaJs9iGAXbgoLa7FQ?si=Iu7Ihs3HTD6tl5KHC2dghg 

– although I’ve just looked at it and apparently there’s still only one song there. Weird. But more are coming and are in fact meant to be there. The one that is there pretty well sums up the book pretty well, I think. It’s ‘Out of My League’ by Stephen Speaks and I think both Kit and Amber feel it quite strongly through a lot of the book.







RAD-READER:  Where can our readers find your books?  Links




ELIZABETH: 

Global links to all books : 



Chaos global buy link: 






RAD-READER:  Where can our reader find you on the Web?  Links






ELIZABETH: 









Elizabeth, 
We would like to thank you for being with us.  I  really enjoyed your book.  It was fun ready about a girl who was smart yet shy and more than powerful enough, in the end, to assert herself with the right support, love, and friends to help her.  She was able to find her own voice and speak up for what she wanted.
Thanks again,
Char


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