Hurrah – only a few days to go before New England Rocks is officially launched onto an unsuspecting public! That sounds a bit melodramatic, doesn’t it? Well, I’m a writer so I’m allowed to have these moments of drama And it’s sort of in keeping with being a teenager – which is what I had to pretend to be when I wrote this. It was great fun!
I’ve never quite grown up on the inside and to be allowed to release my inner teenager was very liberating. It really took me back to my own teen years and high school – the highs and lows of that were certainly dramatic!
I kept a diary (as I’ve done on and off since I was eight) and I read it through before starting to write New England Rocks. It charts my (mostly unsuccessful) pursuit of boys and popularity, plus all the things I got up to that my mother probably still doesn’t need to know about. Some of it is written in bad Spanish, which I was learning at the time, in order for said mother not to be able to decipher it. Some is so secret I wrote it in Gregg’s Notehand, a sort of weird shorthand I was also learning at the time, and which I’ve now completely forgotten! So I have no idea what it says, although sometimes I can guess.
I think I can safely say I was a bit of a drama queen, if mostly in secret as I wasn’t an openly rebellious teen. The many exclamation marks and/or hearts drawn around certain statements tell their own tale. Of course, now I can view it all from a distance, but at the time everything seemed like a life or death situation and I felt it keenly, like all adolescents. I remember once complaining to my dad how ugly I was and he just laughed (although in a nice way) – now I know why, he understood that things like that wouldn’t matter in the long run, but in high school they were paramount!
I do hope readers will enjoy New England Rocks – I certainly enjoyed writing it!
First impressions, how wrong can you get?
When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can’t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she’s also sent to the local high school, as a punishment.
Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin…
Jesse is the hottest guy Rain’s ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band!
There’s just one small problem … Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer.
But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around…
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