Allison Winn Scotch takes us back in time...plus a book giveaway
When college sweethearts Frankie and Ezra broke up before graduation, they vowed to never speak to each other again. Ten years later, on the eve of the new millennium, they find themselves back on their snowy, picturesque New England campus together for the first time for the wedding of mutual friends. Frankie’s on the rise as a music manager for the hottest bands of the late ’90s, and Ezra’s ready to propose to his girlfriend after the wedding. Everything is going to plan—they just have to avoid the chasm of emotions brought up when they inevitably come face to face.
But when they wake up in bed next to each other the following morning with Ezra’s grandmother’s diamond on Frankie’s finger, they have zero memory of how they got there—or about any of the events that transpired the night before. Now Frankie and Ezra have to put aside old grievances in order to figure out what happened, what didn’t happen...and to ask themselves the most troubling question of all: what if they both got it wrong the first time around? (Courtesy of Amazon.)
Oh gosh, A LOT. This was a hard book to write for a lot of reasons, not least was the multiple timelines that I was juggling. I wanted to quit ALL THE TIME. I think earlier in my career, I would have. But I was able to rely on my experience and trust that I could get through it. I also tend to write pretty unlikeable characters in my early drafts, and now, I just sort of know that this is what I’m going to do, and then I gradually peel that back until they are more relatable, winning characters. So that definitely happened again with this book, until we finally reached a point where we felt like readers were really going to root for them, not dislike them! 😊
Whose narrative did you enjoy writing more: Frankie's or Ezra's?
Frankie came easier for me, probably because I relate more to who she is as a person, but honestly, once I started redrafting Ezra and digging into the meat of who he was, I really sort of fell in love with his vulnerability and kindness. So I think I probably had more fun writing Frankie, but at the same time, in the end, I may have fallen more for Ezra.
What is something you wanted to include in the story, but ended up taking out?
Oh, great question! I had to really think on this one. In my early drafts, I had a lot more backstory, particularly with Frankie, who was a music prodigy as a child. There were a bunch of scenes from her childhood that my editor implored me to cut – they slowed the story down, and honestly, if I were doing my job right, you didn’t need scene after scene to convey what she’d been through. A few really effective nuggets served the same purpose.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
The Spanish Love Deception. Just completely delightful.
Aside from having a new book out, what is the most exciting thing that has happened to you this year?
Well, my son is applying to college!!! So that feels pretty huge and exciting. 😊 We also set up THE REWIND for a really promising film deal, and I’m really optimistic about it and can’t wait to see what happens.
Tell us some of your favorite things from the 1990s.
I mean, what weren’t my favorite things from the ‘90s? Doc Martens, high-waisted Levi’s, pretty much my entire college experience, getting the Internet (this was revolutionary at the time, friends), Reality Bites, Party of Five, Friends, mix-tapes, Urban Outfitters baby-doll dresses…I could do this all day. I’ll tell you one thing that was not my favorite thing, at least now, and that is what my eyebrows looked like. WHY?
Thanks to Allison for chatting with us and Berkley for sharing her book with our readers.
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