Author Name: Mila McWarren
Book Name: The Luckiest
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Pages or Words: 256 pages
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25446714-the-luckiest
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
Categories: Contemporary, Gay fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
When New York-based memoirist Aaron Wilkinson gathers with his high school friends to marry off two of their own, he is forced to spend a week with Nik, the boy who broke his heart.
As they settle into the Texas beach house where the nuptials will be performed, Nik quickly makes his intentions clear: he wants Aaron back. "He's coming hard, baby," a friend warns, setting the tone for a week of transition where Aaron and Nik must decide if they are playing for keeps.
Aaron finishes the song and Stephanie snatches the mic out of his hand, crooks her finger at Nik and launches them into a reprise of their performance of "Dancing on My Own" from the homecoming weekend they all spent here at the house back in senior year. Stephanie still has questionable rhythm and tragic pitch—she loves to sing, which is why they have a karaoke machine in this house, but it's one thing she will admit she doesn't have much of a gift for—but there's a reason Nik majored in music at The University of Texas, and his voice has come a long way.
Somehow, this deliberate throwback to a memory that was never anything but happy seems different than what Aaron has just done. He sits on the sofa, flanked by Alex and Jasmine, hating them both a little for participating in it even while he smiles. Nik dances—how can you not, with this song—but he still watches Aaron, gives him a little head-tilt during the chorus, and it's charming and devastating and infuriating.
Jasmine leans to murmur, "Oh, I see how it is."
"Oh, shut up."
"You might not be desperate, but I'm not sure about him. He's coming hard, baby."
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Mila McWarren, author of The Luckiest.
Hi Mila, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi! I'm in my 40s, married with kids, and I live on the East Coast of the US. I'm a social scientist for money and I really love my job. The Luckiest is my first novel, and it tells the story of two high school sweethearts who had a sloppily resolved breakup and who are then forced to spend a week in a house together while their best friends get married.
Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.
You've gotten a lot out of Aaron; this book's narration is close enough to allow him very few secrets. But here's something: Nik talks about how he's kept everything Aaron ever wrote to him. He really wasn't kidding – he has a separate gmail account where he forwarded everything. It's called "TheFirstSongIKnew@gmail.com". He doesn't have it linked on his phone or anything; he's not obsessed (anymore). It's just a thing he likes to keep, because he can.
Have you ever written something that made you cry?
Absolutely. There's stuff in this book that makes me cry, although some of that is because I have so much fondness for these characters after living with them for so long. I cry every time I read the scenes from the wedding, although that might be because I'm a sucker for weddings.
Have you ever co-written with someone before?
I have, in the fanfiction world! I don't really know, but I suspect that I am a terrible cowriter; it's all feast or famine with me. Either you won't hear from me for a week or I will send a manuscript that I've just powered through and expect you to be my editor which is decidedly NOT the deal in most co-writing arrangements! I'd love to try it again, because I had some fun doing it, but the problem is that I like my friends and I'd like to keep them.
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Ass in chair, honestly. There are just a lot of distractions. I used to try to schedule time for writing, but I have a bad habit of feeling oppressed by schedules, even ones I make up for myself. At this point it's a lot like what I described up there about co-writing – I will tend to let things build up and develop in my head and then sit down and pound out several thousand words in an hour. The nice thing about this is that it means that writer's block isn't something I usually experience – if I don't have something to write, I just… don't. Funnily enough, editors don't find that a compelling story. Weird, isn't it?
Name your four most important food groups.
Climactically appropriate caffeine delivery system (coffee/tea if I'm cold, diet soda if I'm hot), cheese/eggs, sugar, and crusty bread.
I mean, fruit and vege are very nice, but this is where most of the action really is. I'm not proud, but I am generally pretty happy. Well, my mouth is anyway, and it's closer to my brain than my ass is, so that works out okay.
Tour Dates & Stops: July 7 – July 20, 2015
About the Author
Mila McWarren grew up in Texas, but has happily made her home on the East Coast for the last decade. In her day job she works as a social scientist and has spent the last 10 years developing her fiction writing online. She lives with her husband and their two kids. When she isn't using working, writing, or hanging out with her family, she likes knitting and watching television, because they go together like peanut butter and chocolate, two of her other great loves.