Ask the Author: Larissa Lopes
What would you like readers to know about you?
Hey everybody! My name is Larissa Lopes, and I’m a writer of contemporary romances. My debut, THE GUY HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE, is coming out next spring.
What is THE GUY HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE about for those who haven’t read it?
It’s a pop star romance with a mystery twist! The heroine, Linda González, it’s a 16-year-old small town girl in a cyber relationship with Alec Brock—a famous teen pop star! After a year talking almost every day, they haven’t had the chance to meet yet. So, Linda is absolutely ecstatic when she finds a way to move to LA and finally close the gap in their long-distance relationship. But then, when she surprises Alec at his concert, he has no idea who she is. All of a sudden, Linda’s life takes a terrifying turn because of this guy she fell in love with, and she has nobody to rely on but the guy he was supposed to be—real Alec himself.
What has been your inspiration for writing THE GUY HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE?
The story is actually #ownvoice, this whole catfishing drama happened to me when I was 16. And to be honest, I never thought one day I would have the courage to tell people about it. But when you are a writer, you don’t always decide what to write about—sometimes inspiration takes over and you have no choice but to surrender to it.
What was your favorite scene of THE GUY HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE to write?
Oh, there were so many! I think I just love being in Alec’s world—like Linda! I can feel the adrenaline every time I’m writing a scene of him on the stage, for example. It’s like I’m one of his fans, watching him from the crowd. LOL
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Stephenie Meyer, J. K. Rowling, Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, Lauren Kate, and Stephanie Perkins are some of the authors who made me fall in love with reading. But, growing up, I never imagined one day I would be a writer. I never had this ambition in me, you know? Until my early twenties, when I had my first book idea.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Don’t think too much about it. If you have an idea, just sit there and start writing. All my novels are written like this, I lock myself at home alone, buy enough ready-to-eat food, and let my imagination flow onto the pages for about 3-4 days straight. And when I’m done, I usually have a 40-50K word first draft with most of the scenes and dialogues! The hardest part is always to start. But once you allow yourself to live in the character’s world, you don’t have to actually create anything, the story just comes to you.
Bio: Larissa Lopes Born and raised in Brazil but currently living in France, Larissa is a real citizen of the world, trying to write her own story the best way she can. Romance, personal growth, and multiculturalism are the core of her writing. And when she isn’t secretly living her characters’ lives in her head, she’s working as a researcher, as a teacher, or inspiring people to become their best version with #TheBestVersionOfMyselfMovement.