Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?
Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.
Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?
HOW TO STAY INSPIRED BY KIARA LONDON
HBBB: What do you do to keep your creative muse healthy? Also, what particularly inspired this novel Kiss Cam?
For me right now it’s really hard to have a focus on writing because my life is currently a bit hectic. But, I know if I stop writing I’ll get rusty. So, I have a little notebook that I keep next to my bed, and when I get little bursts of inspiration I’ll write down pieces of poetry or dialogue that pop into my head. It’s really helpful to be able to pull that notebook out when I’ve got writer’s block. It’s like a little treasure chest of writing gold. Need a metaphor? Good thing I wrote this one down a month ago. How about a witty bit of dialogue? Well, dang, it’s a good thing I was in a funny mood yesterday and wrote some of that comedy gold down.
Honestly, invest in a little writing notebook. It will save your life.
Now, Kiss Cam is entirely different. When I wrote Kiss Cam I was in high school and I had inspiration pulsing all around me all the time. I was also a huge Youtube fan and Tumblr addict, which eventually gave me the idea to write Kiss Cam.
I hesitate when I say Kiss Cam is a parody, because it sort of is and it really isn’t. I was inspired by all of the fangirls and curious of what life might be like as a vlogger. Kiss Cam allowed me to make the ultimate fangirl’s dream come true while also showing my interpretation of what things might look like behind the scenes. It was a lot of fun. High school and pop culture was my life, so that’s what I wrote.
People always say “write what you want to read”, and at the time I couldn’t find anything like Kiss Cam and that’s why I wanted to write it. And, just between us, I think I might have been living vicariously through my super popular, super charismatic, and fun characters. I’m always a sucker for the best friend trope.
Kiara London is the internet savvy, hopelessly romantic alter ego of Bethany Novak-Tveten, who in real life is part of the US Air Force. She started writing on the online writing site Booksie when she was thirteen and then transferred to Wattpad where her debut novel Kiss Cam was originally posted. She spends most of her time scrolling down Tumblr, attempting to read everything she can get her hands on, and drooling over fictional men.
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