I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing that I feel emotions when I write my books, but I do. I cried several times writing Rock Bottom, and I laughed at several spots during Feverish. I tend to believe a scene in one of my books will also strike an emotional chord with my readers when, as I go back through the book revising and editing, I get emotional all over again in the same spots. I laughed a lot writing Feverish. Clay is a fun-loving, happy, laid-back guy, and he tends to be funny as well. I laughed in several spots while I wrote the book, and I laughed again when I went back through. What I hadn’t expected was crying. Clay’s story is not like Ethan’s. I expected Ethan’s to be hard and gritty and laden with tears. Clay’s story is fun…but I still got misty at the end.
Honestly, I’d expected Rock Bottom to do better than it did, but as the reviews started rolling in, I saw why. Lots of readers didn’t want Ethan to have a happy ending. They didn’t feel like he deserved it. I’m sad they weren’t willing to give Ethan a chance, but that also tells me that Bullet affected them emotionally as well, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I also know Rock Bottom is a hard read. It deals with difficult subject matter and it’s not necessarily for everyone.
I’m hopeful, though, that Clay’s story will appeal to a wider audience. He wasn’t a huge part of Bullet, but he was a big part of Valerie’s life and sparked the imagination of a lot of readers. His story is as fun as you are expecting. But I do want to tell you that there is a lot more to Clay than you might have seen coming. I hope you love his story. I know I did!
October 25 is right around the corner!