WHAT THIS BOOK MEANS TO US
And no matter what happens from this point on, Krista and I can honestly say this book is everything we hoped it would be. We poured all our energy and focus into it -- to make sure that Connor and Rose had the story they deserved.
We went from 1 draft to 8. We went from deleting 10,000 words to deleting 70,000 (and more) to going from a state of assurance to a state of panic. This was the most challenging book we've ever written. We juggled conveying a reality show with fleshing out six characters, with reintroducing everyone to the Addicted series, with not being too explanatory, with showing you the world that we've come to know so well and love. We tried to balance Rose and Connor's relationship, their parents, the reality show, the plot, and four sub-characters with equal measure. We hoped and prayed that it would flow as well as we thought it did in our minds. And we added a villain that we knew everyone would justly hate.
We did all of this with what Lily would call "a prayer and a promise" that it would work out in the end. After throwing our hands up in defeat more than a few times, we finally found the perfect mix. The story felt so right that at the last chapter, we burst into tears.
We did it.
We knew this was the story that was always meant to be told. It was even better on paper than in our minds.
This book was by no means easy to write, but it's very, very easy to read, as it should be.
Kiss the Sky has a lot of "us" in it. We adore television series, fandoms and everything that comes with both. We grew up attending the "honor society" competition circuits, and Krista was in the Honor's Program at college. We both were surrounded by conceited assholes who would be quick to shove their A in our face, even if they knew we failed.
I also went to college for television production (and English), understanding what goes into filming a show. We spent our sophomore year of college taking on the daunting task of filming a 25 min. sitcom that we wrote together. It was so much harder than it sounds.
You can say we relate most with Rose and Connor, but every book has a bit of "us" in it, in more ways than one.
This book just happens to be the most challenging. The most complex. And for us, the most satisfying.
It's a personal accomplishment that Krista and I hold so close to our hearts, no matter what the reviews say, no matter if the book sells well or not. We know.
We know just how complex this is and what it took out of us to get here.
We want to say thank you. For reading. For spending time with these characters. I'm not sure we would have pushed ourselves this hard to find this story if we didn't have people who wanted it so much. You are our inspiration and driving force behind each word and each book.
Thank you, truly, for kissing the sky with us.
It's almost here.