Pollygraph (interviews with romance authors): Julia Kent

Random Acts of Trust - bestselling new adult romantic comedy by Julia KentRandom Acts of Trust is the second in the Random series. The first book, Random Acts of Crazy, was a menage romance, but your new book is a traditional, male-female romance. Why?
Because when I imagined the characters of Sam and Amy and their high-school-level love, I came away with a sense that they were meant for each other. It’s that simple: I couldn’t imagine them any other way, while the characters in my first book, Random Acts of Crazy, lent themselves to a threesome romance.

What is the major theme in Random Acts of Trust?
That you aren’t bound by your parents’ secrets. In some of my earlier books I’ve explored the theme of not being forced to continue your parents’ choices – but in Random Acts of Trust, both Sam and Amy come from families with big secrets that their parents are trying desperately to keep. These family secrets dictate so much of who they are – and breaking free from that is a major theme.

The phone scene – where did you come up with that?
Ha! Readers are REALLY reacting to the scene where Amy gets her smartphone caught in her — as Darla calls it — “hoohaw.” When I first learned about vibrator apps for the iPhone, I thought it was the weirdest idea I’d ever heard. And one day, this crazy thought hit me: what if an…exuberant…woman got her phone stuck in herself while using it as a vibrator? And there you have it — the increasingly famous phone-in-the-vagina scene. It also gave me a chance to bring in Dr. Alex Derjian, a gynecologist, from my book It’s Complicated. I have a small crush on Dr. Perfect (shhhh…don’t tell anyone), and wanted to find a way to cross my series!

Why make Sam and Liam strippers?
When I was in college, one of my female roommates was a “strip-o-gram” stripper. She would go topless and she made PILES of money, but she also talked about the business itself: the “extras” some strippers would do for money, how she needed to protect herself from overly-excited customers, and so on. Sam is in a desperate bind for money, and Liam — well, Liam’s in it for the glory. :)

Speaking of Liam, there’s a teaser for the next book, Random Acts of Hope, at the end of Random Acts of Trust.
YES! Liam is the golden guy, the one who is cocky and who has to be at the center of attention, so the stripping makes total sense. Having him at a stripper job and seeing his old flame, Charlotte, hosting a sex toy party — well, you get a sense of what the next book will be like. Liam has QUITE a story and I can’t wait to finish my current work-in-progress, Deliciously Obedient, so I can get back to Liam!

 

Random Acts of Trust - bestselling new adult romantic comedy by Julia KentRandom Acts of trust by Julia Kent

Giving up is hard…but giving in is even harder.

When did my life become a demented episode from The Mindy Project?

Moving to Boston to begin grad school meant I was supposed to start a new life — not dig through a past I thought I’d left behind four years ago. But when I saw the poster for Random Acts of Crazy, all I could think about was the drummer, Sam Hinton, the boy I’d loved in high school and who disappeared with my heart.

Who knew I’d become the living version of Magic Mike?

Seeing Amy Smithson at my gig and watching her win a kiss from my bandmate, Liam, was a gut punch. Four years ago we squared off in a high school debate that had higher stakes than we ever imagined, and here I was…wanting what I’d walked away from. Are there too many secrets between us to allow her to trust me again?

And can I trust myself?

The second book in the Random series after the wildly successful New York Times and USA Today bestseller Random Acts of Crazy, Random Acts of Trust is a New Adult romantic comedy that explores the love between one man, one woman, and ends with one Happily Ever After (and no cliffhangers or chickens!). Fate took their lives by storm four years ago and put an unbreachable gulf between Sam and Amy. This 87,000 word/346 page book asks: Can time really heal all wounds…or are some scars too deep?

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