I am delighted to be welcoming Becky Monson to my blog, as part of the blog tour for her new novel, Just a Girl. Many thanks to Becky for taking the time to write a guest post, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour.
What happens when the right girl and the right guy meet at the wrong time?
One thing that can be said about Quinn Pearson is that she has a knack for doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. Like, the worst time ever. Take her job for instance. One little slip of the tongue using the mother of all swear words while reporting the news, and suddenly she finds herself with over 18 million views on YouTube and her employment in jeopardy. If that wasn’t bad enough, when she meets the man of her dreams, she nearly chokes to death on a powdered sugar donut.
Thankfully for Quinn, the dashing Brit, Henry, finds her near death experience quite charming. But just when Quinn thinks her luck is going to change, she finds out her timing is all wrong again. Henry is off limits. Or is he? Maybe it’s time for Quinn to quit settling for what life hands her. Perhaps it’s time for her to become more than just a girl.
Now I’ll hand you over to Becky to tell you the story behind Just a Girl.
Story ideas come to me in strange ways. It almost always happens when I don’t have pen and paper or a phone with me to write down some notes, like while I’m in the shower. Actually, that’s where most of my ideas come to me. There’s probably something to that—like it’s the only time during the entire day where I can really be by myself and have no other distractions … but that’s a whole other post.
I have to write ideas down, though, because gone are the days that I can just tell myself I’ll remember that and I will actually remember it. In fact, I sometimes still tell myself that, and then by the time I’ve dried off and grabbed my phone or a pen and paper, the story is gone. Poof. Back into the atmosphere. This has happened too many times to count.
For Just a Girl, Quinn and her story came to me fairly quickly … in the shower, of course. I knew she was going to be a news reporter (which also played into the first story in the series—Just a Name); I knew she was going to have a love interest who was British (and who also would look like Henry Cavill, because duh); and I also knew she’d have some body image issues.
My stories don’t always start out how they end up, and this book was no exception. In the beginning, Henry (yes, I even named him Henry) was going to be a love interest Quinn met in college. They had a whirlwind romance, but then he ended up ghosting her when he went back to London, only to return years later, this time with a child in tow (hence the ghosting). But the story wasn’t sticking with me. Usually when I have a story I know I want to write, I get excited about it, butterflies in my stomach and all that. But this storyline wasn’t doing any of that for me.
So I went back to the beginning and changed it. Henry was no longer going to be someone she knew before, but a new person in her life. He also didn’t have a child. But he was still going to look like Henry Cavill, because duh. Once I changed it, the story just clicked into place. My outlining went smoothly. The butterflies were back.
What always stayed the same was Quinn and her journey within herself. I have a special place in my heart for Quinn. I’d say I “get” her the most of the characters I’ve written, having had some of the same issues myself.
I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did while writing it. I also hope you picture Henry as Henry Cavill, because duh.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. An award-winning author, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.
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Don’t forget to visit the other blogs taking part in the tour for more on Just a Girl.