As a fairly new blogger in May 2012, I participated in the Dust if Off Blog Hop. One of the hosts was Theresa. After the blog hop ended, I went to her blog and looked through her WIP list, and I’m like… I want to read that, and that, and that, and that.
And it’s like OMG, I need to be friends with this woman. And since she was the host of the blog hop, I had the perfect opportunity to stalk her without appearing so stalkerish.
So I buttered her up a bit until she tossed out the offer to exchange manuscripts. (Honestly, I don’t remember how it went down, but I think she was the one to offer first because I tend to be a little shy.)
I read one manuscript of hers (loved it) and then not long after got to read the one that is being published in 2 days. And fast forward to today where I know her now. Our friendship was totally meant to be because I’ve discovered all these things (other than writing) that we have in common too.
-We have the same middle name: Marie
-We both have difficult to pronounce (maiden) last names
-We both love of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (is there anything better than chocolate & peanut butter?)
-We both like learning about history (like the really old stuff, not just the 200 years ago stuff.)
-We both love of spicy tuna sushi–yum yum
-We both love photography Okay, I’m not a great photographer, but I wish I was. It’s one of those things that’s been on my bucket list. But she’s a photographer, and you need to go here to see some of her amazing pictures.
-And get this. I first read her debut novel in the summer 2012 when it had a different name. In November 2012, I completed my NaNo project, which I was calling Never Again—although it was only the working title. And then in April 2013, her publisher suggested (Never) Again. What a weird freaking coincidence, huh.
From Theresa: The name (Never) Again came from the publisher. The original title for the book was Displaced Hearts and my Dad actually came up with it, so when I was approached about coming up with a new title, I wasn’t budging. But after a week or two going back and forth with my editor, throwing out random words I settled on the original suggestion of (Never) Again. I’m actually really happy with it now, but it will always be Displaced Hearts to me.
So with all that we have in comment, it was definitely a friendship that was meant to be. And I am soooooooooooo excited to see her very first book being released.
If you have not checked her out, make sure you do, because you will be seeing more from Theresa because she’s got so many great stories written and even more ideas stored in her head.
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By the way, she’s got a totally fun blog hop coming up this week that you can’t miss. See here. We’ll get to hear what others said they’d never again do, but then did.