The best feeling in the world? Seeing the cutest cover and finding out it’s sapphic is the only acceptable answer.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but you must admit that it’s a pretty good feeling! Discovering this book existed made me so happy though. One of my goals for 2021 is to read more light-hearted books, so seeing a sapphic romcom was too perfect to resist! Being on a blogtour for it? That’s a whole other level of excitement!
For today’s post I had the honour to interview Auriane Desombre, the author of I think I love you! We’re talking all about her debut, so I’d say grab a snack and let’s begin!
What is I think I love you about?
AUTHOR: AURIANE DESOMBRE
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2ND, 2021
GENRE: YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY
REPRESENTATION: SAPPHIC RELATIONSHIP, Bisexual main character, LESBIAN main character
Trigger warnings: divorce
A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it . . . and finding out that real life romance is better than anything on screen.
Emma is a die-hard romantic. She loves a meet-cute Netflix movie, her pet, Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the Gay Rom Com of her heart for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d listen to her ideas. . .
Sophia is pragmatic. She’s big into boycotts, namely 1) relationships, 2) teen boys and their BO (reason #2347683 she’s a lesbian), and 3) Emma’s nauseating ideas. Forget starry-eyed romance, Sophia knows what will win: an artistic film with a message.
Cue the drama. The movie is doomed before they even start shooting . . . until a real-life plot twist unfolds behind the camera when Emma and Sophia start seeing each other through a different lens. Suddenly their rivalry is starting to feel like an actual rom-com.
Let’s chat with the author!
Hi Auriane! First of all, thank you so much for doing this interview with me, I’m so excited! Could you introduce yourself and your debut a bit?
Thank you so much for having me! I am a middle school teacher and freelance editor living in Los Angeles with my dog, Sammy, who is both the best and an extremely bad boy.
My debut, I Think I Love You, is a YA f/f enemies-to-lovers rom com set over the course of a summer film festival. Emma, a diehard romantic, and Sophia, who’s more cynical after her parents’ divorce and a miserable year spent living in Paris with her mom, butt heads over everything from their artistic visions to Emma’s matchmaking plans for their mutual friends. But when the film festival (and some meddling from their friends) force them to spend more time together, their rivalry starts turning into a romance.
I think I love you is a light-hearted, sapphic romance story, something we don’t see often enough (thank you for giving us that, by the way!), but why did you want to write this story in the first place?
When I started out writing a YA retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, it was important to me to include queer representation at the heart of the story. I think retellings can be a great way to reclaim space for queer readers in works we consider “classics.” As a queer author, I also always want to see more queer stories out there!
I absolutely love the film festival aspect of this story! What was your inspiration for this?
I wanted to include a competitive element in the plot to pit Emma and Sophia against each other directly, and I picked movies and storytelling as the central competition because it allows them to butt heads about their different worldviews. Since Emma’s such a romantic, and Sophia’s a bit more cynical, their disagreements are reflected in the different types of art they want to make, which forces them to confront their differing values and ultimately find a middle ground.
The filmmaking aspect was also a great way for both Emma and Sophia to work through their inner struggles through their art. Emma is trying to find a way to come out to her parents as bisexual, and Sophia is grappling with the aftermath of her parents’ divorce and the miserable year she spent living in Paris with her mom. For both of them, storytelling is a way of dealing with those situations and finding ways to advocate for themselves.
What were your favourite types of scenes to write?
I love writing the early, banter-filled scenes in a rivals-to-lovers plotline! It’s a chance to have fun with the dialogue while digging deeper into the characters’ motivations and the reasons why they hate each other so much.
Which character from I think I love you did you connect with the most? Why?
I have a huge soft spot in my heart for Sophia. She might be getting on her friends’ last nerve at the beginning of the book, but she’s dealing with a lot of change in her family, and she’s doing her messy, chaotic best to deal with it all. Ultimately, though, as a rom com writer, I think I relate more to Emma!
You’ve already achieved a lot of things, of course, but what’s an author dream of yours that you’re still hoping will be fulfilled?
I would love to publish books in other age categories! I’m currently working on a middle grade contemporary and an adult rom com, so hopefully I can bring f/f crushes and love stories to all ages in the near future.
This is your debut novel (congrats on getting published, by the way). What’s something that surprised you about the publishing process?
Thank you so much! I think I was most pleasantly surprised by my cover. I absolutely adore Jeff Östberg’s work, and was so blown away when I first saw the incredible design he created for my cover. I’m forever grateful for his work!
What’s something you hope your readers will get from reading this?
Representation is an important part of the book, since it talks about queerness in storytelling in a sort of meta way through Emma’s passion for including positive bisexual representation in her movie for the film competition. I want readers to walk away feeling empowered not only by the representation in the book, but also to use their own voices to tell their stories!
If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?
I would remind myself to have fun with the process of writing! As I was learning about the ins and outs of the publishing industry, querying, and all the obstacles that aspiring writers face, it was easy to forget everything I love about this work. I think my drafting is most successful when I’m also having a good time getting to know my characters and exploring their world!
And lastly, what’s a book you’d recommend to the people reading this?
I highly recommend Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey and Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira!
Thank you so much for this lovely interview, Auriane! I hope you have a wonderful release day tomorrow!
About Auriane Desombre
Auriane is the author of I Think I Love You, and works as a middle school teacher and freelance editor. She holds an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Sammy, who is a certified bad boy.
About this tour!
If you’re interested in other fun content surrounding I think I love you, be sure to click here for the tour schedule!
This tour was hosted by TBR and beyond tours! Thank you for letting me participate!
Before I officially end this post, I wanna talk about, well, the obvious change on my blog for those who have been following me! This is my first post under my new name. Alissa is no more, welcome Birdie!
Birdie is my nickname and therefore means a lot more to me than Alissa, a random name I liked. I understand this can be confusing, but please bear with me! This change was the best decision I’ve made in a long time!
Now, back to the post! I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading this and as always, I hope I’ve added another book to your TBR! I had the most writing this and it got me wondering: am I more of an Emma or a Sophia? I think I’m definitely Sophia since I’m more of a cynical person, too! Though, I do have some very soft sides. But what about you?