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The above quote is from me. I said those words out loud to myself a few months ago and then added it to that stunning picture of Dave Grohl they kept using in the Sonic Highways promos.
I was in the middle of writing Sway and Ryan's story. I was just at the part where they're really getting to know each other. That fun, happy, you-know-good-and-well-it-can't-last stage. And I was falling in love with them.
It was Dave's fault.
It's always his fault.
Every time I fall in love, he's playing the soundtrack in the background.
And I fall in love every time.
Each book I think that this couple will be the one, the ultimate couple. I will love them the most and no one will ever replace them. Then I get to the next story and the next soundtrack and it starts all over again.
Maybe that's just the way it has to be. Maybe I can't honestly write their story unless I'm fully invested in the outcome. That outcome being all the love ever forever. With sprinkles on top.
So here's the rub. I'm working on a story right now that doesn't follow the pattern.
It's a prequel (my betas have promised to not let me George Lucas the shit out of it).
Ryan's origin story.
See, I got into this thing with her and Sway, and realized she was a very complicated woman. So much so, that I couldn't get into all of it in Sway's book because it's Sway's book. I floated the idea of writing her story and some of my pre-readers and close friends have encouraged it. "Have at it, Plucky Duckling! Hoist the mainsail!"
(They didn't use those words, that was in my head. Judge away, there's so much more in there you don't know about.)
Ryan's story will be about who she is and how she became the Ryan we all meet in BRAND NEW SKY. It's not a romance.
But it is a love story.
Going through my notes, writing these first few chapters, I find myself falling in love with her.
And guess who's playing the soundtrack?
This novella's anthem is Foo Fighter's "Long Road to Ruin" because it's Ryan's song. It's where she's at right now and it's not a great place.
But it will be.