When Cali Morgan kicks off her perfect post-college summer in Lake Tahoe, she has everything she ever wanted: acceptance into a top law program, a gorgeous boyfriend, and an incredible summer planned with her best friend.
Confident about her place in the world, Cali makes it her mission to be her friend’s wingwoman and help her meet guys. What Cali doesn’t count on is running into Jaeger Lang, one of her older brother’s high school friends, or the sparks that fly when she’s around him.
Jaeger has changed, and it’s not just the added height and muscle. There’s something about him that’s deep and a little scarred. In spite of the changes, Jaeger becomes a top pick for her friend—if Cali can keep her hands off him.
But when Cali’s boyfriend dumps her and her carefully laid plans begin to unravel, she finds herself questioning what it is she truly desires. In the midst of doubts about her future, one thing is very clear: she wants Jaeger for her own. The question is, has her friend already fallen for him?
On my stop of the tour, I was lucky to have an interview stop and feature Jules Barnard!
1. How would you explain your novel in six words?
Fun, friendship, heat, drama, tents, naughty-fishing-scene.
2. Where did you get the inspiration for Deep Blue?
I worked in Lake Tahoe as a cocktail waitress one summer during college. Though the characters in Deep Blue are more interesting than I was, and okay—not at all like me—I used nuggets from that summer in Tahoe to build Cali and Jaeger’s story. Deep Blue is a New Adult romance about Cali and Jaeger’s journey together, but Cali’s job at Blue Casino is like a secondary character. A loving, brooding, pain-in-the-ass secondary character that walks along with Cali as she falls for her first true love and makes daring choices that pull her life in new directions.
3. Do you write to music? Are any parts of your novel inspired by songs?
Yes! I write the drafts of each novel to a playlist that I listen to over and over. I create the playlist before I begin writing and choose songs that make me feel strong emotion to get me in the mood for the story I have in my head. When I edit the manuscript, I have to turn off the music, because editing is much harder for me than drafting. I need every neuron focused during editing!
No specific section in Deep Blue is inspired by a song, but there are a couple of songs in my Deep Blue playlist that really got the creative juices flowing. For some reason, Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit) [feat. John Martin] by Swedish House Mafia was one of them.
4. If Deep Blue was turned into a movie, who would you cast?
Oooh, wouldn’t that be awesome! I would cast Jennifer Lawrence as Cali, because Jennifer has a fun, outspoken personality like my heroine, but she’s also down-to-earth and funny. Of course, she’s also a phenomenal actress, so there’s that as well. My hero, Jaeger, is tall and muscular, but he’s also intelligent, modest, and artistic. I think Channing Tatum would be a great Jaeger. For Gen, Cali’s best friend, I’d have to go with Emma Watson. Check out my Pinterest Deep Blue Dreamcast board. I’m totally technology challenged when it comes to Pinterest, so I don’t have a fancy link, but this should get you there: http://www.pinterest.com/barnard1231/.
Thank you so much for having me on Believing in Books! Please visit my website www.julesbarnard.com to learn more about Deep Blue and the second book in the Blue Series, Blue Crush, out May 27th, 2014.
About Jules Barnard:
Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.
Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.