Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wednesday Writings : Henry and Gracie Pt 1

When I started writing "Henry and Gracie" back in 2014, I never really expected to stick with it. At the time I was writing/editing Fissure and was deep in the world of teenagers with abilities. "Henry and Gracie" was originally about a woman about to turn 40 which is definitely something really different from a magical sixteen year old Time Bender. 

By the time that I started editing Henry and Gracie, I wondered if I should make Gracie a twenty something instead. At the time it seemed everyone I knew was writing New Adult books, and I thought about Gracie being a young gal, and how would she be making her way around London, the possibility excited me beyond reason. However, even though I managed to edit around 20k words of the story, it still didn't feel right. So I desisted from that idea.

That's when the idea to make her closer to thirty hit me. I remember turning thirty quite well. I had been living in England for five years same time as I’d been married for and I had a four year old. My life seemed a lot more together than some of my friends back home in the States; many were still partying hard and trying to get a guy/keep a guy.  I started to wonder what life would be like if I'd not married my husband, and watching shows like Sex and The City provided the right kind of background soundtrack to Henry and Gracie's story.

Henry and Gracie arrived on the page, with their friendship, passion and deep connection which totally stole my heart. It took a while for me to explore their lives and realize how much I needed to write this book. There are no magical teenagers, no time portals, but I’m so happy that I gave them a chance; and I hope that you do too. 

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