I finished the first draft of my third novel. Can I get a high five? Or a cookie? Because both would be good. I spent many many months agonizing over this one. But, it’s done. Let the editing and revising commence! But first, I wanted to talk a little about it…because it’s one of those things that profoundly affected me and I’m super excited about that.
Writing Damaged Goods was an experience that tugged on my heart strings and cut me wide open. The relationship between Everly and Grayson is just…intense. Their love story is tragic and beautiful and raw.
It was a tale that’s been stuck in my mind for a very long time, and writing it was so important to me.
Grayson Dixon is probably my most complicated, conflicted male character yet. He is broken. He is an angry, resentful individual that suffers from an emotional disconnect between himself and everyone else. The only emotions he’s familiar with are anger and indifference. Then…he meets Everly and her light consumes him. It awakens other emotions in him…she makes him care. He tries to fight his attraction to her because in his eyes…love only destroys you. He’s seen it first hand, and Grayson doesn’t want that kind of dependency…that kind of need. But his strong feelings for Everly alarm him. When she admits her true feelings for him, Grayson pushes her away.
Everly Daniels is soft spoken, insecure, naive, and completely enthralled with Grayson. She knows that the connection between the two of them is all-consuming. She knows that if she goes down that path with him…it could very well leave her shattered. But she doesn’t care. She’s willing to accept whatever Grayson can give her.
Damaged Goods is a war of hormones and emotions far too large for either of them to handle…and I’ll let you in on a secret: parts of it are based on true events. I can’t tell you what parts, but I’m sure it will be abundantly clear to those of you who know me.
Grayson is not based on one person or another, he is many people rolled into one…and I love him. For all his flaws and imperfections.
Everly’s personality was basically channeled from my very over-emotional 17 year old self, but aside from that…she also isn’t based on anyone in particular.
Together, they’re unstoppable. Her love makes him care, and his love challenges her. They set each other on fire with passion.
However…I won’t lie to you. Damaged Goods does not have a happy ending. It has an ending, and it will probably piss you off, but trust me…there’s a reason for it, and you’ll find it out in the sequel. I’m planning on releasing them both around the same time because a) I’m impatient and b) I myself hated the idea of not knowing what happens after. Not enough to justify wrongly tying everything up with a neat little bow, though.
The sequel (which I have already completely outlined and started) will explain all the whys and the questions of what happened.
I’ll let you in on another secret: Everly is mentioned in Consumed. She was at the concert that Harlow and company went to see.
I can’t wait for 2015. With the two part Damaged Goods series releasing early in the year, and with a third and final Harlow novel…it’s going to be a busy one!