So first, this: I’ve been writing this post in my head for more years than I care to count. But still, unlike virtually everything else I’ve written, I can’t tell you where the idea for BOOMERANG came from. One day it didn't exist and the next I knew I wanted to tell the story of a boy who everyone assumed had been kidnapped, but who really hadn’t been. A boy who left a bad situation and ended up with something he thought was perfect. Until it wasn’t, because nothing really is.
The story was originally told in two points of view until I realized that Sean’s story wasn’t the story of the friends and family he’d abruptly left and then just as abruptly returned to. It was the story of a boy who sees things only in black and white, even though his entire life is filled with greys. A boy who loves and judges everything so deeply that he isn’t able to step back and determine whether or not that love or those judgements are well-placed.
Something about Sean’s story struck me at my core. Long before the book was chiseled into its current form, I knew it was the book of my heart. I deleted almost 40,000 words when I took it to a single point of view, changed agents, changed tenses, cut the most perfectly-crafted page I will ever, EVER, write. I leaned HARD on my critique partners, particularly Beth Hull who talked me out of quitting not just this book, but writing all together. More than once. Or twice. Two years from publication and there are already a few people who are sick of hearing me talk about this book. :-)
But something in Sean’s story wasn’t going to let me go. Something in his difficult, complicated love for Trip and his easy, but no less complicated love for Emery had gotten into my bloodstream. Something about the way that Sean so blindly wrestles to figure out what “home” means and that loving people doesn't make either them or yourself perfect, made me feel responsible for this story in a way I hadn’t felt responsible before. Boomerang became, along the way, more than a manuscript for me. These characters were so real and so important to me that I felt beholden to them and to their stories.
Which is really a very belated and long-winded way of saying that I’m so thrilled that Alison Weiss at Sky Pony shares my love for these characters and I’m so equally excited about being able to share them with you.
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