My new book "The Imperfections of James and Kate" comes out on on friday- Valentine's Day! It's a love story, about two people, and their group of crazy friends and crazier dreams, who fall into eachother's lives and into a tangled, messy, emotionally crazy relationship (sound familiar?)
These characters are so real to us. The cool thing is the the book is actually a "he said, she said" where I wrote one chapter as "Kate" and then my writing partner Chris wrote one chapter as "James." It really gives you an authentic look at the inside of both male and females minds in a relationship. That's what I love the most. We've all been in bad relationships, we've all been in good loves that turn bad, we've been in bad loves that turn good, we've had crazy friends save us, and people leave us, and we've had our heart broken so badly that we become numb. That is what this book is about. It's about the human condition and how we love.
We started this book about a year and half ago as an experiment to see if we could write a book without knowing the plot. We knew we wanted to make something that neither of us had any idea where it was going, much like it is in a real relationship. I would write a chapter, and throw a giant curveball in Kate's character, and then Chris would have to learn and try to understand what Kate was doing, and write the reaction to that character and move the story forward. It felt the same as a real relationship, we jumped in head first not sure if it would be a happy ending. To me this book feels very real, even though the story is made-up, I see so much of myself in Kate, and I've certainly had my share of James's in my life.
I hope that this book touches you the same way my first book, Rockettes, Rockstars and Rockbottom did. it's full of quotable magic just like RRR, and it's def a book people can relate too. Our editor wrote me late one night during that process about how much she loved them and wanted them both to be happy.
I wanted to share one of my favorite passages from the book:
There were so many questions I wanted to ask, but I stopped myself. I was a typical, messed up desperate woman. I didn’t care where he was anymore. He was here. He looked for me. I talked myself out of the fact that he might have looked for me after a late night with someone else, and I trusted him because I was an idiot and I loved to trust people when they did nothing to deserve my trust. I wanted to ask him what happened, where he went, why he ditched me, which version of him was the real him, but I just stood there. Sometimes it’s better not to ask.
In honor of the book coming out Chris and I are doing a massive Valentine's day tinychat with all of you, we are going to talk about the book, and answer questions and read our favorite parts- we hope you will join us!
The Imperfections of James and Kate will be available on deadxstop.com on 2/14/2014- and we have special gifts for the first people who buy! PLUS, I'll be doing giveaways on my socials all week so follow along! xx