Behind The Scenes
Her Kind of Trouble
This was a book that was all about feelings. I just had this incredibly strong sense of who Seth and Vivian were, and how they felt about each other, and how they belonged together - even though they'd maybe met at the wrong time in each other's lives. I wanted to create a sense of two like souls finding each other, but also being almost terrified of the rightness of their connection because they knew instinctively that they weren't ready for anything that profound yet.
Now, I know Vivian might at first come across as a selfish person. She is a bit of a work in progress in the prologue. She's young, she's untried, she hasn't found herself. Seth, also, has a few rough edges and abrasive surfaces! I know this might confuse people or put some readers off, but I wanted to show a sense of these people having finally reached a stage in their lives where they are ready for reach other when the "real" part of the book begins. These two really were the black sheep of their families before they grew up. Although maybe Vivian is closer to being together than Seth is at that point. He does a lot of growing up very quickly, thanks to becoming Daisy's sole carer in the blink of an eye.
There were passages of this book that were very hard to right, especially the funeral scenes. I must confess, they were actually longer, but my editor judiciously suggested that they could be shorter and just as meaningful, and I think that was a good decision.
I loved Vivian and Seth's banter, and I really loved their honesty. You know that saying "You can't bullshit a bullshitter?" Well, I figure Seth and Vivian are both bullshitters from way back, and they totally know each other's weak spots and safe places. Playing with two characters who are both so seasoned and jaded but also so wary was a lot of fun. I hope you enjoyed reading their journey toward love and awareness as much as I enjoyed writing it.