Meet the Author of THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR, Jessica Patrick!
Where did the idea for This Is What You Came For come from?
I got the idea for This Is What You Came For after attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival here in Southern California for two years in a row. I loved that going to Coachella felt like entering this alternate dimension for a weekend. It felt like a place you could be whoever you wanted for a few days, and my mind kept going back to it as a setting for a book. I'm also really into the idea of how we act differently around different people and in different settings, so I thought this weekend away would be a perfect place to explore the conflicts that arise when we aren't fully ourselves.
What's your dream music festival lineup?
I've been to a ton of concerts and music festivals, but my absolute dream lineup would include acts that I never had a chance to see live—Aaliyah, Prince, Beastie Boys, George Michael, Tom Petty, Nirvana, David Bowie, Queen, and The Beatles. Can someone make this happen, please? Maybe in the afterlife.
What makes you swoon?
Rom-coms and romance novels, both teen and YA, full of my favorite tropes—particularly hate-to-love and fake boyfriends. Traveling and immersing myself in different cultures. When my little son requests a cuddle party. Sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. Long brunches with my best friends. Live music. Seeing a dog or a goat. A good nap.