Hi everyone! I am so excited that I had the opportunity Larissa Lopes aka the author of the Alec Brock Series!
I have been a fan of her and her work since I first read All My Love, Alec Brock and later No More Lies, Alec Brock, so it was a real honor for her to take time out of her busy schedule with finishing up everything for book three and the rerelease of the first two books with the new covers!
Tell us about you!
Hi! My name is Larissa. I was born and raised in Brazil, then moved to France in 2013 to pursue an academic career in Geography. But I ended up falling in love with writing a few years later, and here I am now, finishing my fourth novel!
What are some of your hobbies when you’re not writing [assuming that you don’t count writing as a hobby, if you do you can talk about it]?
I’m a professional fangirl!
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I think it helps me understand my own feelings and deal with the challenges I’m faced with. So I’m always with my headphones on, and I never miss a chance to support my favorite artists by fangirling on social media or traveling to see them performing live.
Do you have any pets?
No, unfortunately. I love animals, but since my life is divided between France and Brazil, it’s hard to assume the responsibility of owning a pet.
But who knows? Maybe one day I’ll get one of those chihuahuas that I can bring as a carry-on bag on the plane with me. LOL
What are some of your favorite books?
I love everything contemporary! Bonus point if it’s also a romance!
Some of my favorite authors are Stephanie Perkins, Kasie West, Sophie Kinsella, Emma Scott, Helen Hoang…
When was that moment where you were like, “Omg, I’m an author”?
The day I received my first Alec Brock fan art! The first book in the series hadn’t even come out yet, but Alec’s little fandom on social media (@AlecBrockSeries) was already so excited about it—and expressing so much love towards him—that I realized Alec Brock wasn’t only “mine” anymore. He belonged to his fans now, which officially made me an author.
I know that you love music and have similar taste as I do! If you could, which band would you love to be able to tour with?
Omg, this is such a hard question!! I would absolutely love to go on tour with any of my favorite artists: The Vamps, McFly, Shawn Mendes, Harry Styles… But I guess, if I really had to choose, I would say 5SOS!
I love their friendship—and they always seem to have so much fun when they’re around each other! I think touring with them would be the best thing ever!
Do you have any specific things that you need to write?
Two things, yes! Pictures and music!
I always use songs to get in the right mood for a scene. This one time I listened to the same song for 15 hours straight, because it helped me stay in the zone.
But I’m a very visual person as well, so I often search for pictures or videos of people “living” the scene I’m writing, to help me visualize the details. If it’s a kissing scene, for example, I will search for a couple that is in the exact same position as my characters, so I can fully visualize their body language and imagine their next moves.
Do you have a specific way of writing?
I don’t make outlines or plan my stories ahead—I’ve tried, but it doesn’t work for me. So what I do is this: I lock myself in my room for like 3 to 5 days and I write the whole story (from beginning to end) without worrying about the actual writing.
I’ll have to edit the manuscript for months before it’s good enough for me to show other people. But once I finish this rough first draft, I know if the story is worthy of these months of editing or not. And if I decide to go on with the project, I already know the plot and the characters I’m writing about, so it’s a lot easier to understand what the story needs for the second draft.
What was the inspiration for the Alec Brock Series and about how long did it take for you to write the book?
The idea came to me in a dream! I was talking to John Mayer (my favorite of all favorites!) backstage at his concert, and he was protecting me from this guy that had catfished me when I was 16. (For real. This part of the dream was true.) So I just kept trusting John and letting him help me, and when I finally woke up, I had the whole story built up in my head!
But since it was inspired by something very traumatic from my past, I didn’t want to write it. I resisted the idea for almost a week, until I couldn’t ignore it anymore—Alec and Linda were all I could think about. So I sat down for 4 days straight and wrote the first draft of All My Love, Alec Brock.
It took me 9 months of rewriting and editing after that to get to the final version of the story.
What is one of the most powerful moments/scenes from the series?
In Book 1 (All My Love, Alec Brock) I would say the scene where Linda finds out that “her boyfriend Alec” doesn’t know who she is. That whole chapter is basically what happened to me in real life, so it’ll always have a special meaning to me.
And in Book 2 (No More Lies, Alec Brock), my favorite scene is when Alec tells Linda that he loves her. Their love for each other was already very palpable, but the fact that Alec chooses that particular night to say the words for the first time makes it even more powerful.
What is some advice you wish you had about writing and publishing when you first stated writing?
I wish I had spent less time trying to get agents and publishers’ attention, and more time interacting with potential readers.
It can take years to get noticed by an agent, then a publisher, and finally see your book published. And in the end what we want the most as writers is to connect with people interested in reading our stories! (People we can start interacting with right now!) So if I could go back in time, I would have spent less time crying over rejection letters and more time trying to build my audience online.
What’s something that you hope everyone takes away from you book?
That “it’s just a wave.” Whatever challenge you’re facing right now, it will pass.
I know it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, especially when we’re struggling with our mental health—like Linda in the story. So I hope Alec manages to show the light not only to Linda, but to the readers too.
Are there any trigger or content warnings that people should be aware of before reading your book?
I wouldn’t call it a trigger warning, because it’s presented more in a “healing context” than a “triggering context.” But the Alec Brock Series does show multiple characters struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD—and untimely finding a way to cope with their mental illnesses and facing the challenges of life.
Lastly, where can we find you on the internet?
You can always visit me online at www.larissalopes.net or find me (and Alec) directly on social media!
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I’d like to give a humongous thanks to Larissa for being such an amazing author and spending so much time within her fan group!
Happy reading until next time,