The Science of Attraction by Verity Jacobs (Guest Post & A Really Short Interview...)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Please welcome Verity Jacobs to Brazen Babe Reviews today. She has a sweet guest post for us and then I asked her a few questions about The Science of Attraction.

Friends don’t let friends... write them into novels

They say you should write about what you know, but when your fiction is character driven, that automatically translates to who you know. Sometimes, no matter how colorful and extroverted your friends may be, writing them into your novel can be a little dangerous.

When I told my friend Sarah I was writing a steamy novel about a young female biologist falling for one of the guys in her lab, she immediately narrowed her eyes at me. She had skyrocketed to great heights early in her scientific career, and so it was natural for her to assume that I was borrowing parts of her life to create Kate’s character.

But to be honest, I hadn’t even considered the parallels once I’d started writing. Kate’s personality had quickly diverged from anything remotely close to Sarah’s, and so I hadn’t given it a second thought. My friend may be feisty in the lab, but she certainly doesn’t come across quite as sexually charged as young Dr Ramsey.

And that’s exactly why I didn’t share The Science of Attraction with Sarah once I’d finished it. We’d literally never talked about sex before, and it seemed like she even found the Twilight series a little graphic. So it felt odd to share something with her that mirrored her life in a fuzzy sort of way—but deviated so drastically in the details.

The crazy thing was that for the rest of the novel, she was the best beta reader I could possibly imagine enlisting. She’d lived the professional life I was describing, and she was still wrapped up in the business of science.

She begged me to send her a copy. Literally begged me, and employed every guilt-driven tactic in the book to lay her hands on the draft. I told her I was worried about how she’d respond to the sexual content. Her reply? “Maybe I’ll learn something!”

Eventually I crumbled, and sent her a late draft for Christmas. She was overjoyed, and devoured the whole thing overnight. The only problem was that she came back to me with a list of people she thought I’d based my characters on, casting the director of the institute we’d both worked at in the role of the slimy, morally questionable villain in the novel! Thankfully, I was able to reassure her that beyond some sketchy initial ideas, none of the characters was based on anyone I actually knew in real life.

And her notes were really helpful, just as I’d expected—the novel is much better for her having read it. She did admit to finding the bedroom scenes a little hot to handle. But then one night, months after she’d read it, her boyfriend took me aside and confessed that he thought, “she actually really liked them,” with one eyebrow firmly arched.

Blurb It Up

Kate Ramsey is at the top of her game.

She’s the hot new recruit at the most prestigious research institute in Germany, and she’s determined to live up to the hype — even if it means working day and night. Stress relief comes in the form of a no-nonsense affair with her neighbor, who also happens to be the director of the institute. Who says sex should be anything more than a contract between two people who have other things on their mind?

So when Tom Baker saunters into her life, Kate is understandably upset to see this well-oiled machine splutter and seize. Tom is young and smart, and far too pretty for his own good. Kate can’t help but be drawn to him, even if giving in to the attraction would mean risking everything she’s worked for.

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Talking With Verity
*I only asked a couple of questions, two really...Bless Verity's heart for answering them :) The title of her book really interested me so I wanted to know what got her writing this story...

Why the title The Science of Attraction and what prompted this story?

I think there’s something inherently sexy about a woman in power who knows and takes what she wants in life. And I don’t think we can really have enough characters out there that fit that description. Apart from the obvious perk of providing decent role models, stories about strong female characters are loads of fun to write — especially when they get knocked off balance by boys with brains to match their (smoking hot) bodies. So I guess that was the motivation for writing The Science of Attraction, and once I got started, there was never any question about the fact that I’d call it that — it just seemed to fit.

I have to agree with this assessment ;)

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About Your Author

Verity Jacobs is a reformed scientist, who left the lab when she fell in love with writing about love. She lives with her husband and baby girl in London, where she dreams by day and writes all night long. She is addicted to the heart flutters and stomach flips of the fictional romance world.
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check out my review of The Science of Attraction later this month. feel free to look around and surely ask Verity questions should you have them...lord know, you might do better than me, lols!

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  1. I love how that story came up, it's funny, thanks for sharing :) I'll be sure to check that book out !

  2. That's great, I think she just spiced up their sex life ;)

  3. LOL "Maybe I'll learn something." Heh

  4. I can only imagine how challenging it must be to keep your real life acquaintances out of your fiction. Cute story!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  5. I think a lot of people would be mad at me if i wrote a book, lols.