Cinta, thanks so much for hosting a stop on our release tour for ROAD TO SOMEWHERE!
So Cinta asked me to write a bit about the back story of how this little story came to be. Well, one of the coolest parts in writing this book is I have a coauthor, the über talented Jenny S. Morris.
Jenny and I had been critique partners for a number of months when we collaborated on a post for our group blog. For the post, Jen wrote the first paragraph to a story, and then sent it to me. I had no idea where she wanted me to go with the story, but I added on a paragraph and sent it back to her. A few back and forths later we had this super funny tale about two Lego characters named Lego Larry and Lego Lucy who fall in love. After the post went live and none of the blog readers could distinguish which one of us wrote which part, Jen asked me, “Would you want to write a collab together?” I squealed in my seat and yelled, “YES!” (Though then I had to reply to the email and say “yes” because she’s half a country away and couldn’t hear me. )
The next question to answer was… what should we write about? Jen and I really liked the format we took for our silly blog post, where I represented one character and she another. We decided we’d write our story from dual point of views (POV), and the POV would change after each chapter. The typical POV to write from would be a guy and a girl, love story type thing. But Jen and I were working on our own solo projects with dual POV, male and female. We wanted to try something different. After a bit of brainstorming we realized, we both have sisters (Jen many more than I do), let’s do a story from two sisters POV. Once we thought of it, there was no question. This was the story we were meant to write.
After a bit more discussion (a big theme with collabs, there are lots of discussions) Jen asked to tackle the older sister, eventually to be named Charlotte (Charlie), which was perfect because I really wanted to explore what it is like to be a younger sister (as one of two children, I’ve always been the older sister). Eventually my shy, incredibly smart, and very musically talented girl became Lucy.
From there, we gave them a road trip and a summer to not only better understand themselves, but each other. Charlie and Lucy stumble through the Texas sun, the LA beaches, and the open road. They fall for cowboys and embrace their love of music, using it as a tool to bring them closer together.
The coolest part about writing this book is I gained a best friend in Jenny S. Morris. Hopefully you all fall in love with Charlie and Lucy as much as we have.
Thanks so much for having me, Cinta!