The Story Behind The Junior by Monica Murphy

14 Sep 2021

by Monica Murphy

Plotting out a book is not always a linear thought process. In fact, I don’t plot much at all. I know where I’m going—somewhat—but I don’t want a play-by-play. That takes all the fun out of writing for me. This means things can happen that I didn’t expect, especially when it comes to a series.

For instance, my College Years series (which is a spinoff of the Callahans series). When I wrote the first book The Freshman, I introduced a side character that was a friend of the female main character, Hayden. Gracie was her bestie and her roommate. They were both studying the same major and really close friends.

I wrote a scene where they were all getting together to go to a concert and the main male character Tony brought his friends, including Caleb. The moment Caleb and Gracie got close to each other it was as if I had no control over them. The chemistry was off the charts. They wanted to take over the story completely. I had to cut whole paragraphs out of the book in edits because these two characters were screaming at me, “We belong together!”

I still didn’t believe it. I knew Caleb was my hero for The Junior and I thought I would put him together with another character. A girl who was his sort of high school girlfriend. I thought it would be a great redemption story. I wavered back and forth as I drew closer and closer to writing The Junior. Up until a few days before I started writing it, I fully planned on not putting him with Gracie.

Until someone explained to me how much they made sense together, and I knew that she was right. I changed my mind right then and there and never wavered again. As I wrote their story, I realized Caleb and Gracie are perfect together, and though they struggled a bit (of course!), ultimately, I think their story is swoony and romantic. I hope readers think so too.

Monica Murphy is the author of the new book The Junior

Connect with Monica

Author Website

Facebook

Buy The Book
B08VW5KXWD cover image

Buy The Book

Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

share

rebecca