Title: Addicted For Now
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted #2
Publication Date: November 30th 2013
He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.
No. More. Sex.
Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.
Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.
They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.
And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.
No. More. Us.
Being a Twin, About the Authors of the Addicted series
If you don’t already know Becca and I are identical twins, and we also wrote the Addicted series. Many people often ask us what it’s like being a twin, and what it’s like being a twin and writing books together. Today we will discuss twin things and writing!
Do you like being a twin?
Krista: This has to be our #2 question. Right behind “Are you a twin” or “Are you sisters.” We’re asked if we’re twins whenever we go out. Or you know, people just stare at us like we have rainbow hair.
Becca: Staring. Happens. A Lot. When we went to California for the first time, it was like everyone had never seen twins before. I kept wondering if my makeup was smudged or something.
Krista: The simple answer to this question is that we can’t answer this question. It’s like asking a non-twin “do you like not having a twin?” You can’t answer when you don’t have any experience with the alternative.
Becca: Oh yeah, that’s our go-to response. “Well, what’s it like not having a twin?”
What’s the worst thing about being a twin?
Krista: Losing your individuality is probably right up there. People always think about the perks of being a twin—an automatic best friend, a person to share clothes with, a confidant—but they don’t think about all the shitty things that come with looking exactly like someone else. People don’t bother to learn your name in high school. So either you become your last name (Ritchie) or they’ll just avoid saying your name at all costs.
Becca: Agreed. Identical twins have to make one of the worst decisions. Do I become a friend with my twin and therefore lose my identity? Or do I decide to drift away from my sister, not be her friend, and try to salvage an identity? It’s a horrible choice and both options kind of suck. It’s also a reason why twins decide to stereotype themselves as the “smart” twin or the “athletic” twin—it’s literally the only way to create an identity separate from your sibling. Because you look exactly the same.
Krista: Another problem is that you automatically have the same opinions as your twin. If Becca said something, then we apparently “both” said it. It’s a weird grouping effect that people put on us when we’re in social situations.
Becca: Oh, I hate that. And dating. Forget about finding a boyfriend if you’re with your twin. You have to meet the boy away from them. Otherwise, they group you as this two-person thing. Not an individual. It’s hard to articulate, but Krista and I have noticed that the guys we’ve been with had no clue we had a twin (or never met them) until way later.
Can you read each other’s minds? Or feel what the other is feeling?
Krista: Some twins claim to be more “in touch” with their twin’s feelings or whatever. But I don’t believe in it. I’ve never been hurt and Becca’s sensed it. Those powers are in comic books.
Becca: I wish! I want that perk. I actually was in a really, really bad car accident on a busy Atlanta freeway, and Krista did not sense one thing.
Krista: That would have been nice to sense that! But really, I think it’s more about being good friends. You just know the person better. Becca and I often finish each other sentences or say things at the same time because we’re around each other a lot. Does being a twin play into account? Maybe a little, but I don’t think we have special powers because of it.
What is writing together like?
Krista: A writing team that stems from family is obviously going to be different than two friends writing together. There are good and bad sides. Bad—fighting. You know how to push each other’s buttons. It’s just bound to happen. Good—honesty. Since we don’t care about hurting each other’s feelings, we’re able to be honest about what we don’t like and what’s not working in the book.
Becca: I love it. Our whole series has a theme about sisterbonds, and I find it amusing that we’re two sisters writing the books. It makes the series really special to me.