Guest post: Theresa Paolo author of Never Again

(Never) Again


Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex’s voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls’ bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn’t leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?

Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.

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The book sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read it. And now, without further fanfare, I give you Theresa Paolo …

I want to thank Julie for having me on her blog today. I’m so excited to be here!

Now let’s talk first kisses.

First kisses can be awkward and even terrible, but sometimes they’re not. Sometimes everything is aligned, the world fades away and you are left with the most magical moment. Those are the first kisses I like to write about.

I think what makes a first kiss so special is the buildup. It’s everything before the actual locking of lips. It’s the butterflies in your stomach, the uncertainty of if it’s actually going to happen, and that last breath before it does. It’s the little things that make it so big. Plus, you only get one first kiss.

When you are writing a first kiss scene especially in YA, you need to pull in all the emotions. Everything that is running through your characters head and what they are feeling in that exact moment. Are they panicked? Excited? Ready? Or are they taken by surprise. Show these emotions by their actions. The best way for me is to think back to my first kiss. And not necessarily the first kiss. But first kisses in general. Not that I have had many, but a few to know that they’re each unique. For each one, I had a different feeling about it and I can draw on that for my characters depending on the situation they are in.

My book, (Never) Again, takes place after the first kiss and after a messy breakup, but I couldn’t help but slip the kiss in through a flashback. A time before the drama when my characters feelings for each other weren’t tainted by regret, abandonment and loss. I wanted the reader to be able to share in that special moment in time. For the reader to understand why my main character, Liz, still thought about it.

Because it’s a flashback it doesn’t encompass everything I like in a first kiss, but I still love it and want to share it with you.

How do you go about writing a first kiss? Or what do you expect when reading about one?

Thanks Julie for having me!

My pleasure, it was great to have you here today!!!

Want to know more about Theresa Paolo? Me too!


Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her boyfriend and Milton, their big eyed goldfish. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty which is why she writes New Adult and Young Adult books, reliving the best and worst years of her life through her characters. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. On November 11th 2011 at 11:11 she made a wish. Two hours later she was laid off. Jobless for the first time since she was sixteen she was determined to make her wish come true. Writing became her life again and after many nights of ignoring her boyfriend to spend time with her characters, she finally received the call that all her hard work, finger crossing and eye crossing paid off. She signed with Berkley (Penguin) and her debut novel, (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, will be out in Fall 2013.  When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera or can be found in the blogosphere or on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.



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