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Jun 13 2017 12:00pm

Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren on Hate-Love Goals and Fangirling Over Each Other’s Books

The line between love and hate can be very fine, especially when you add in the extra complications of office rivalries! Christina Lauren recently released their office romance Dating You / Hating You and we're head over heels for it—but did you know they're also friends of another office romance author we're crushing on? Sally Thorne's debut, The Hating Game, landed on many Best of the Year lists, and has left us panting for more. Today, these authors are here to dish on all bookish things, love-hate, and office shenanigans. 

Meet you at the water cooler!

Writing often starts as a hobby—Christina and Lauren, even though you’ve been in the business for a while now, we know you’ve been working on this book longer than most people would guess. Can all three of you you tell us about the origin story for Dating You / Hating You and The Hating Game?

Christina Lauren: Dating You / Hating You was initially going to be a ‘standalone spinoff’ from the Beautiful Series, where two young professionals meet and hit it off the weekend before a job interview. They find themselves at the same office on Monday morning, and both meet Will Sumner from Beautiful Player, only to be told that he needs them both temporarily, and the permanent position will be opening at the end of the summer. Cue the competition.

But this outline didn’t last very long, and we adjusted it before we even began drafting in mid-2015.  We wanted the boss to be a bit of a villain, and that would never have worked with our beloved Will.

Incidentally, we’ve been friends with Sally for a number of years, and after she finished a draft called Hating Joshua Templeman she sent it to us to read. Only a few pages in we knew we wouldn’t be able to read it until we’d finished drafting because of the similar concept, but we hooked her up with Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary anyway, and the rest is history.

Sally Thorne: The Hating Game was a present for a friend’s birthday. I said I’d write her a short story and needed a prompt word to inspire me. The prompt word she gave me was ‘nemesis’ and it was a real lightning strike. I could see a man and a woman in a silent office, opposite each other, staring, a sense of tension and animosity between them. I started writing in every spare moment I could grab and couldn’t stop until The End, around six weeks later. It was my first manuscript that I got all the way to The End- everything else I ever started just fizzled out and are in the elephant graveyard in my computer marked ‘archive’ This story really wanted me to tell it- I just never imagined I’d ever publish it. I’m still in a state of shock.

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