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Meet the third of three amazingly talented authors joining the Swoon Reads family, Heather Truett! We feel head over heels for her voice-y contemporary that feels just like a modern Netflix rom-com. Don't miss The Scientific Method of Getting Luckie!

Where did the idea for The Scientific Method of Getting Luckie come from?

My oldest son has Tourette’s, and he used to pitch on a baseball team. My husband and I noticed that, when he was on the pitcher’s mound, his entire body went still. This prompted a conversation about what other activities, in his future, might calm his tics. Driving was a big one, and I joked that maybe kissing would also make them stop. I was plotting a book for NaNo, and this simple observation exploded in my brain, changing the entire premise of my novel. Also, for the record, I talked with my son before I wrote the story, and I asked his permission to share this anecdote.

Your book has a lot to do with kissing. What's your favorite on-screen or bookish kiss?

This question was really hard for me. I’m not much of a romantic, as my husband will attest. He is the romantic one in our relationship. My favorite scenes in books and movies tend to be far from the romance (Molly Weasley taking down Bellatrix, Amari with a sword at the end of Children of Blood and Bone, etc). However, I do remember feeling wonderfully happy at the end of Shug by Jenny Han. I listened to the audio of that book many years ago, and there’s a really sweet first kiss in it. She describes how the kiss tasted like Lifesavers, and that reminded me of a boy I once kissed and how he tasted like Cherry Coke, and how—after my very first kiss—I went home and drank a glass of ice cold milk. I like taste-meets-kiss associations. Ohh… and absolutely every kiss between Buttercup and Westley in The Princess Bride.

Who would play your characters in a movie?

I am showing my age a bit. The actors I know all seem to have aged out of teen movies. I had to ask Google to help me. I think Nathan Kress could play Stephen, but I am not 100% on that one. I also like Jake Short for it. I think Janel Parrish, who played Margot in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, could rock as Joan, and I’d love Victoria Justice (Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List) for Pilar. Grayson Russell (Fregley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid) could make a great Ballard. My husband thought this question was about who would play ME in a movie, and he said the actress from Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, and I countered with Zooey Deschanel.

What makes you swoon?

Learning more about whatever random topic has caught my interest at any given time… I recently spent an entire car ride reading up on guinea fowl… out loud. Once something snags my brain, I have to dive in, whether it means finding out all of the details about filming a certain show, researching an author’s life story, or figuring out the history behind a particular artist’s work. Right now, as I prep for a summer in Spain, I swoon over Instagram photos of Madrid. I swoon over lines of poetry, the texture of certain book covers, the feel of my husband’s hand holding mine, and a billion other small and big things.

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