Sometimes it doesn’t end with happy ever after.
Neve believes Jake is the one. She is miles away from home, struggling to fit in at university and missing the people she loves. The only thing getting her through is the knowledge that Jake will be visiting for the weekend.
Jake believes he isn’t the one. His family and lifestyle mean he can’t give Neve what she deserves: so much more than him. He arrives for the weekend, knowing that he has to break her heart, along with his own.
Sometimes we make decisions and have to live with the consequences.
Each of them struggles to cope with the aftermath of the weekend. Each of them is unhappy. Each of them refuses to do something about it.
Sometimes it isn’t about a boy meeting a girl and falling in love; sometimes it is about what happens next.
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By Nicola Hudson
The more I wrote Neve’s character in Curve, the more I wanted to write a novel in which she was the main character. I was intrigued about this girl who seemed to have a wonderful life with her happy family; and what would happen when she faced more of life’s challenges. How would she cope away from home and the safety net of her parents? I wanted to push her and see what she was capable of; and I’m kind of proud of the young woman she has become by the end of Heart.
However, Heart isn’t just about Neve: it’s also Jake’s story and I wanted the reader to hear both sides of their story. Curve is only written from Cass’s point of view but I offered a Christmas gift to my readers – and a chapter written from Flynn’s point of view was by far the most popular choice. It went on to become the most popular page on my blog as well so I knew I needed to give Jake his voice in Heart. However, I found it difficult to get inside Jake’s head when I first started writing. The turning point was not writing his point of view straight onto my laptop; it just didn’t fit with the person Jake is. His sections were drafted in pencil in a small notebook, often in a busy coffee shop. That black notebook, filled with Jake, is now something I treasure.
Whilst writing the draft of Heart, I became concerned that my completely HEA ending was going to feel unrealistic; after all, would Jake and Neve’s long-distance relationship really survive for three years? Subconsciously fuelled by these niggles, I had a late night chat online with a blogger about the concept of happy ever after. A couple of days later, I went back to my initial plot outline and drew a line through the last few sections. The feedback from my beta readers suggested I had done the right thing – I just hope that other readers think so too!
About the Author
As well as being a writer, I love reading and reading about reading. My taste goes from Shakespeare to John Green...and much of what lies between! Dickens, check. Austen, check. Atwood, check.
Over Christmas 2012, I discovered the joy of new adult fiction and, inspired by Colleen Hoover and Tammara Webber, I decided to try my hand at writing my own NA novel.
I love the friendliness of the Indie writer community and have been overwhelmed by the support of followers interested in my journey. Please feel free to monitor my publishing progress via my Facebook page, Twitter or blog :-)
My first novel, Curve, was released in October 2013. My second novel, Heart, is a standalone companion to Curve and will be released in November 2014.