Yes! We were partially inspired to write the book because we love hearing stories about the inner-workings and back room drama of politics and being a student at Georgetown Academy would give you a front-row seat to viewing that drama, making for a pretty unique and exciting high school experience. Plus, for some reason, there are lots of attractive guys at G.A. which always make things a little more fun, too!
If you were a character in Georgetown, which character would you be and who would you want as your friend?
If we were a character, we’d probably be Ellie because she’s always trying to balance a million different things that pull her in different directions, something we can relate to. (Plus, we just think it would be cool to have a mom who’s a no-nonsense, powerful U.S. senator). And we’d want Brinley as our friend…mainly because we wouldn’t want her as our enemy! And it would mean we could borrow some of her amazing clothing from the “vault”.
Were any of your high school experiences put into the story?
A lot of the small details! The assigned seats at lunch (Alyssa went to a very conservative prep school in Virginia!), the school retreat in Book Three, the school chapel where Ellie and Gabe often sneak off to, the squirting chicken in Book One, and countless combos of first and last names of teachers and students throughout the series. We definitely got to relive the upsides and downsides of high school while we were writing.
Can you tell us about your author experience since you published this book?
The best thing about it has been hearing the feedback from our fans. What’s been so interesting for us is everyone seems to have a different favorite character and is rooting for different couples to make it. It’s really fun for us to hear people talking about the characters in so much detail because for us, we’ve spent so much time with them, we feel like they’re real! It’s been an amazing experience to hear from fans whether it be on our Twitter, Facebook page or website.
Describe your book in one word.
Favorite Reading Place: By a cozy fire with hot chocolate
Current Read: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Favorite Author: Like we could pick just one! Jane Austen, Margaret Mitchell, Harlan Coben, Jennifer Egan, Emily Giffin, Jonathan Tropper, Lisa Lutz, Nick Hornby
Tea or Coffee: BOTH! We’ll take our caffeine any way we can get it!