Romantic suspense author Polly Harris is here today and we’re chatting about Swipe Right for Murder.
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Polly Harris is the author of six YA novels and runs her own editorial company where she works on books just like this one. When Polly isn’t writing or editing, she can be found cuddling her cat (professionally known as her editorial assistant), crafting, or swiping through dating apps.
Welcome, Polly. Please tell us about your current release.
Swipe Right for Murder came out September 14th and I couldn’t be more excited! This book has been years in the making, and I’m so happy to share it with the world.
DATING IS TOUGH. ESPECIALLY IF THE GUY YOU LIKE MIGHT BE A SERIAL KILLER.
After a devastating heartbreak and a string of short-lived, failed relationships, college student Georgie Itoyama has now decided to approach dating in the same way that she approaches everything else: methodically, logically, and efficiently.
Georgie downloads countless dating apps, determined to find the love of her life as easily as she orders jeans online. And while her love-at-first-sight aspirations don’t exactly come true, she does find someone she likes. Quite a lot.
There’s only one problem. Girls are going missing at Georgie’s university, and all the signs are pointing to . . . him?
But that’s ridiculous. What are the chances that she’s dating an actual serial killer?
Then she matches with Nate. Mysterious, intelligent, and oddly fixated on solving the local disappearances. As Georgie’s relationships deepen with each of her guys, she unwittingly finds herself caught up in the mess that is murder, intrigue, and the nightmare of online dating.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write this book based on my own dating experience, lol! Who hasn’t been on the dating apps and gone through some horrible dates? (By the way, every date in the book is based on one I had in real life.)
Excerpt from Swipe Right for Murder:
I laugh, and Ash finally breaks too, standing closer until he’s inches away from me. I look up at him, his forehead almost resting against my own. “You really gonna make out with a boring, nonbusiness-owning shop girl? You’re putting your gold-digging aspirations to shame,” I say.
“I don’t know about that boring part, but yes, I am totally going to make out with you,” he replies.
I giggle, but then he’s already kissing me. He deftly sets our coffees aside on the counter, and then presses me against the nearest bookshelf. His hand glides along my cheek and into my hair, and I can feel him smiling against my lips.
There’s this moment of suspension, like time means nothing, like we could stay here forever and I’d never notice, never miss anything else. And I remember now why I wanted a boyfriend again. The best thing about this whole process, the element I missed the most. Not the fun dates, not the flirty banter, not even the kissing, per se, but this. This feeling of going crazy. Like losing your mind on purpose.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m hoping to write another book in the same vein as Swipe Right for Murder. Right now, all I can say is that it involves catfishing. I can’t wait to announce more!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Ugh, such a good question! In the past, I probably didn’t consider myself a writer until I was traditionally published. But looking back, I was a writer at ten years old, scribbling down cute, little stories. You’re a writer if you write! Period.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I’m a full-time editor and writer, so my day (and income!) is split between the two. Most of my day involves editing, mainly because I have people to please and project deadlines to complete, but whenever I have free time, I’m writing my next project.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Probably that I don’t write every day and instead, I power through projects. I typically will finish a full book within three to six weeks, lol!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer! Or an astronaut… It’s probably better that I’m a writer. I’d make a bad astronaut.