I’ve been looking forward to the release of Hot British Boyfriend for a few months now—I mean just look at how adorable that cover is! I’m so excited it’s finally here! To celebrate its release, debut author Kristy Boyce has stopped by the blog today to tell us a little bit more about her debut novel.
Q&A with Kristy Boyce
Let’s start off with a quick teaser about your book—describe Hot British Boyfriend in five words:
Swoony travel romance about self-acceptance.
Hot British Boyfriend is your debut novel. What inspired Ellie’s story?
My original inspiration came from teaching a psychology class on “the Self.” We talk a lot about gaining self-knowledge and self-esteem in the class and that led me to write an application multiple-choice question about times when we feel comfortable sharing our “true” selves with others.
I started thinking about how someone would act if they were in a totally new situation for a few months with people they didn’t know. It might be tempting to try acting like someone else because who would know? And you wouldn’t have to keep up the charade forever. Then I decided to set it in England because I love it there! 😉
What are the must-see places you would recommend to someone visiting England for the first time?
Of course, people have to visit London. You could spend months exploring, but I think you need at least a few days minimum. Some of my favorite places are Covent Garden, Big Ben, The National Gallery, and Kensington Gardens for people-watching and tea.
There are so many amazing sites outside of London as well. I haven’t been able to explore all of England, but I recently visited York (pre-COVID) and loved it. It’s so charming. Bath is also gorgeous and a great choice for anyone who loves Jane Austen.
What types of tea are your characters’ favorites?
Ellie’s fave: Earl Grey (her mother’s favorite)
Sage’s fave: Irish breakfast
Dev’s fave: anything with lots of caffeine!
Huan’s fave: I’m thinking he’d be a Chai drinker
Will’s fave: he’d rather have a coffee if it’s all the same to you. 😉
What song would you choose as a theme song for Hot British Boyfriend?
This is a really old song, but I think I have to choose “You and Me Song” by The Wannadies. The chorus is so joyful, which reminds me of the tone of the book, and the lyrics remind me of Ellie and Dev.
What’s up next? Can you share anything about what you are currently writing?
I have a new standalone YA romance that my agent is sending to editors now. I’d also love to continue to write within this “Hot British Boyfriend universe,” but I can’t share much about that right now!