There's lots of interesting tidbits about how we wrote this series, and how the characters came to be. As a part of the "fun posts" this month we're going to continue with some interesting somewhat secret facts about the series. Enjoy!
- Before there was the Addicted to You that you've read, there had been three previous versions. All were between 80-100 pages before we scraped them. These versions had the same general concept but some elements were missing -- like Fizzle! and Connor! and everything that makes the finished copy magical! Needless to say, it's good we chose the fourth and final version ;)
- In the first (terrible) versions of Addicted to You, Loren Hale had been named...Jake Stayzor. A good change indeed.
- Becca and I write to music, so whenever a sad scene hits the fan there's a 99.99999% chance we were listening to this song: "Pleasant Street/ You Keep Me Hanging On" by Tim Buckley.
- After the first draft, we always go back and do an insane number of edits. All the characters get characterization edits to make sure they're unique, their motivations are consistent, and they're generally 3-dimensional beings. All characters went through edits except one...Connor Cobalt. For some strange reason, he had all the elements of a perfect, original supporting character the first time through.
- Connor Cobalt was also only supposed to me a minor, minor character. Maybe a couple chapters maximum. But Becca fell in love with him, so he stayed.
- What character went through the most edits? Ryke Meadows. If you've read the first book, you know how mysterious and kind of abrasive he really is. It took a lot of thought to figure out what kind of character could come off like that but still be likable.
- Which brings me to my next point - likability. Becca and I chose to write this book because it was a challenge. Making two addicts (who generally are always hated and despised in culture and literature) into likable individuals was the toughest feat we've ever set out to do (which was why we had three scraped version beforehand). Hopefully we've accomplished our goal.
- Becca and I constantly say that none of our characters are the most upstanding individuals -- which really makes them a little more interesting. But we also equate our world to something like Gilmore Girls. The characters in that show really can't exist outside ofthat world. Or else they'd be nuts! That's kind of the same with our book. You can't plop our characters somewhere else and have the same likability factor. It's because they work better as an ensemble. Otherwise they'd all be the villains in another book ;)
- Addicted to You is actually 100,000 words. Ricochet comes out to be 80,000.
- Lastly, this book will be a trilogy and we've kept some of the information about order and spin-offs a little secret. But for those of you who read our blog posts, it's only fitting for you to have this information first. So here's the order of the series:
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Rose and Connor's story: Kiss the Sky
Daisy and Ryke's story: Hothouse Flower
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)