Series: Superlatives #3
Published by Simon Pulse
Published on August 4th
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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In this sexy conclusion to The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Sawyer and Kaye might just be perfect for each other—if only they could admit it.
As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school—student government, cheerleading, stellar grades—has been in preparation for that future.
To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves…
As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
Well, let’s put it this way. The last line will probably stay there, but what I originally thought was the first line will probably end up somewhere in chapter three when I decide I have started the action of the book at the wrong place.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
It has worked both ways for me. Simon & Schuster asked me to write a YA romantic comedy about snowboarding. The title The Ex Games popped into my head immediately, and then I had to construct a story around that. But usually I don’t start with a title. When I do come up with one, I change it several times before I’m through writing. And then the publisher may change it after that. My original title for Major Crush, about drum majors in a high school marching band, was Queen Geek. My title for Going Too Far, about a teenage cop and the girl he arrests, was Boy in Blue. The changes were the publisher’s.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I just start writing, and I keep going for about 150 pages. I am not writing in order—I may start with the end, then go to the middle. A lot of what I’m writing doesn’t have a place yet. It’s just a random conversation. At 150 pages I start to get very nervous because the thing has gotten too big for me to find stuff anymore. Luckily, I’m far enough into it by that point that I can back up, figure out what goes where in the plot, and see what holes I need to fill. If this sounds crazy, I think you are hearing me correctly. I wish I had a better process than this, but my attempts to write a different way have been disastrous.
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
Caffeine—check. I usually write from 4:30 to 6:30 a.m., so I need it.
iPod—check. I make a soundtrack of each new book I start, and I listen to those songs when I run. I come up with some of my best ideas that way.
Finally, paper and colored pens. I wrote my first few books longhand and typed them on a typewriter later—this was when very few people had a computer at home. Nowadays, whenever I get stuck typing on my laptop, I switch to paper and pen. If that doesn’t work I switch ink colors. This works pretty much every time. But then, of course, I have to go back and type it all, LOL.
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
I have a wonderful screened porch on the back of my house. In fact, I’m typing this on my porch right now. It’s about 95 degrees, but I grew up in Alabama and I really love the heat. It’s on the second story, up in the trees, so it’s a great place to watch birds and think. And my husband and my son never bother me out here because, hello, it’s hot.
What is your favorite movie?
Adult World—I think nobody saw this movie except me, but you should.
Earth Wind & Fire
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
Redshirts by John Scalzi, Cop Hater by Ed McBain, and an extremely dirty adult romance novella that hasn’t been published yet by my critique partner, Victoria Dahl.
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
I love to paint in acrylics. I realize that I am very bad at this and I don’t care.
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I ran a marathon! Okay, it was back in 2012. But the following year I ran 5 half-marathons. Last year was not a good year, and this year I’ve run only the Rock & Roll Half in Nashville, but I’m trying to get back into the game.
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