October 10th, 2011
So, in case you missed it, my new two books were revealed today on Publishers Weekly. JUST ONE DAY, followed by JUST ONE YEAR. Here’s a slightly more specific version of the PW announcement.
Can you fall in love in just one day? Can you become a new person? How about in just one year? In JUST ONE DAY and its companion novel JUST ONE YEAR, sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey and easygoing actor Willem De Ruiter are about to find out against a guidebook-worthy array of foreign backdrops. Equal parts romance, coming-of-age-tale, mystery and travel romp (with settings that span from England’s Stratford upon Avon to Paris to Amsterdam to India’s Bollywood) JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR show how in looking for someone else, you just might wind up finding yourself.
Anyhow, here are some answers to your questions about the new books.
Are they a series?
Sort of. More like a duet. Like IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT, they have alternating POVs. JUST ONE DAY takes place from the girl’s point of view, that would be Allyson, sometimes known as Lulu. JUST ONE YEAR is from the boy’s point of view, may I introduce his hotness, Willem.
Willem? What kind of name is that?
Dutch. Willem is from Holland.
You just went to Holland and France. Was that to research this new book?
Yes. The book takes place in a bunch of foreign locales, including Paris, Amsterdam, Utrecht, parts of India, and of course, the U.S. I’m not going everywhere and I’ve already been to a lot of those places but I needed to see certain parts of Paris and refresh myself on Amsterdam and Utrecht.
When can I read them?
JUST ONE DAY is meant to come out in spring of 2013 and JUST ONE YEAR a mere year later. But I have to write the things first.
Does this mean that there will be no more Mia and Adam books?
Yes, that and the fact that I’ve been saying this for months is precisely what this means. Mia and Adam are where they need to be.
Really. Can’t you write about them having babies or something?
No, because that would be boring. Unless I killed the babies and I can’t do any more bad things to Mia and Adam. I’m now concentrating on doing bad things to Allyson and Willem. Bah-hah-hah-hah.
Please, a nice story about babies!
It’s gonna be boring. I’m warning you. And then Mia and Adam traveled together and lived together and after a while got married and had kids and then they argued about who had to get up in the middle of the night with them but then they made up in the morning and then they bickered about whether to teach the kids guitar or cello but taught them both in the end and everyone lived happily ever after. The end.
Oh, but if you’re THAT curious about Adam and Mia, keep your eyes peeled for the paperback of WHERE SHE WENT, coming out in spring of 2012 (at which time I’ll be touring, too, with two other FABULOUS authors). There is some bonus material in the back that gives a glimpse of what their lives together have become. It’s about as close to a third book as you’re ever gonna get.
Who is hotter, Adam or Willem?
They are totally different kinds of hot. Willem is so different from Adam. No emo-core, no guitar player, but very complicated in his way. Mia and Allyson are likewise, very different. Needless to say, I like them all very much and am enjoying spending the time with my new friends. If only they would let me sleep.
How many people do you kill in this one?
Not a single person! And, yet, I still endeavor to make you cry. We will see how I do in 2013.