Aurelia B. Rowl is stopping by MBB today to give us the lowdown on her new YA/NA release (that’s Young Adult/New Adult for those who might not yet know – to the best of my knowledge it means Young Adult fiction with extra hot content) POPPING THE CHERRY. She’s put together a very exciting blog tour to get the word out about this book and it looks like a really outstanding read.
Random Fact #1:
I am susceptible to the effects of water. It doesn’t matter if I’m at the seaside, or if I’m out walking in the rain, simply taking a shower, or even just unloading the dishwasher. Yep, that’s right, I get attacked when I’m doing mundane household chores.By now, you’re probably wondering if I’ve been on the adult “water” but I assure you I’m completely sober.
Random Fact #2:
I have a bookshelf crammed to bursting and stacked three deep with Terry Pratchett novels.I spent many hours of my youth and my early twenties devouring Terry Pratchett novels. At one point, he was the only author I read and I got through a large number of Discworld books, so when Maria asked me where the inspiration for Popping the Cherry came from, this passage from Wyrd Sisters immediately jumped to mind:
“Particles of raw inspiration sleet through the universe all the time. Every once in a while one of them hits a receptive mind, which then invents DNA or the flute sonata form or a way of making light bulbs wear out in half the time. But most of them miss. Most people go through their lives without being hit by even one.Some people are even more unfortunate. They get them all.”
The term “unfortunate” could sound a bit harsh, but not when you’ve got more story ideas than you can handle and way too many projects to juggle already in not enough time, only to get steam-rollered by yet another idea.
There I was, merrily (ha!) unloading the dishwasher before going to collect my son from school when—WHAM!!—one of those inspiration particles got me. I’m not just talking about a scene, or a flash, or an opening, or even a character or two…I’m talking the entire plot from start to finish, with characters and settings, and a title too. All of it. The whole dazzling story and cast.
Well yes, except it was a genre I’d not written in before, and it was also using first person tense which I hadn’t tried to write previously. Not to mention the other books I had planned and was trying to get finished. Popping the Cherry refused to go away though, and my muse stuck her fingers in her ears and did the whole “la la la la la” thing if I even dared to think about an existing project, so I created a Scrivener project and started writing.
The first three chapters came easily enough and were great fun to write, receiving favourable feedback from my critique crew, and that’s when I learned of a new UK publisher opening in its virtual doors. Impulsive and impatient could easily be used to describe me, and temptation definitely got the better of me. I got the story straight in my mind, wrote up a synopsis, and then sent a standard proposal to Harlequin UK’s new digital imprint, Carina.
Naturally, I hoped they loved Popping the Cherry and would ask me for the full manuscript—not that I even opened the project again once I’d sent off that proposal, in fact, I started writing something else and then went on holiday—but five weeks after hitting send, Carina got in touch. They didn’t just email me to request the full manuscript, I got “the call”—the whole book deal thing—based purely on those first thirteen-thousand words.
Wow! Cue lots of squeals and booty-shaking. But then came the deadline… I had just six weeks to finish the entire manuscript. Ouch!It meant action stations, with me taking myself off into my home office every weekend and writing most evenings, sometimes working well into the night and then getting up bright and
early to get the kids ready for school. The plot changed slightly as I got on with the actual writing, but it stayed true enough to the synopsis, and by the end of those six weeks, I’d added a further seventy-five thousand words, oh and I’d made a BETA reader cry too—in a good way, of course.
Random Fact #3: I waffle 😉
To say that I am grateful to that ‘inspiration particle’ would be a massive understatement. Popping the Cherry was an absolute pleasure to write, it proved that I could write under pressure and to deadline, and I had so much fun penning Lena’s story that it never felt like a chore. I can hand on heart state that I am really proud of this story, and I cannot wait to share it with you… I just hope you love it as much as I do.
POPPING THE CHERRY