This Sunday is my new book’s birthday. Game Changer will turn 1 month old. Ahhh, how cute. I thought I’d tell you 5 things you maybe didn’t know about this book:
- It’s based at an ice cream shop. Really. I was hungry and wanted to go to Dairy Queen for a Hawaiian blizzard. But I couldn’t, but I still wanted ice cream. So I started writing about it. That’s the next best thing. When I got more serious, I had to research college towns to find the best ice cream shop to base my story’s setting. Once I found the cute little ice cream shop on Washington State University’s campus, I fell in love and Meridee and Parker caught their spark. Because they had ice cream. Right? Everyone is happier when ice cream is involved. If you ever drive through Pullman, Washington, stop at Ferdinand’s and try their ice cream or Cougar Gold (cheese). In my dreams, I’ve tried every flavor and love them all.
- Football isn’t the main plot of the book. I know. I can hear most of you girls saying, “Thank goodness!” and the guys all groaning and saying, “Why is there a football on the front then?” Well, a character DOES play football in this story. There aren’t any major football play scenes in the book or the smell of turf, but I did have you smell the locker room a couple times. You’re welcome.
- The goofy work attire Meridee has to wear is based on my own McDonald days. Meridee’s silly paper hat and hairnet at work reminded me of my teenage days when I had to wear a brown polyester uniform and a hokey hat. My future husband, who was kind of crushing on me at the time (wink wink), would come in and purposely order a quarter pounder without cheese just so it’d take a long time and he’d have a reason to stick around and talk to me. (I found this out AFTER we married years later). I’d always curse him under my breath for ordering a special order and prolonging his time because I was horribly embarrassed to be seen in my awful uniform. Meridee feels the same when Parker comes into her ice cream shop and teases her about her head-gear.
- This book went through at least 12 revisions. That’s the ones I wrote down. I read it through way more than that and made changes each time. Even the day it was released, I read back through and realized one scene mentioned in one chapter had something the day before that wasn’t quite accurate from the last chapter. It was just a few words I needed to change, but I was hitting my head as I changed it wondering why I hadn’t caught that in all my other read-throughs. It takes lots of rewrites to make a book shine. So be nice in your reviews. We writers word HARD!
- The line about orange chicken came to me lots of years ago. As I played around in a competition on another writer’s blog, she had us write down 5 one liners, and my one about blaming everything on orange chicken moved to the final rounds of the contest where I had to flesh it out into a paragraph, then a page, then a story outline. It stuck around in my mind every since, and seemed to fit this story well. And a story bloomed from that seed. The story isn’t anything like what I’d planned it to be in that contest. This goes to show you never know what little nuggets will turn out to be gold later on.