by Hugo Driscoll
GENRE: YA Romance
Sean Johnson’s life as a small-town farmhand has been nothing but predictable, but when he meets Sophia Hillingdon at the local animal sanctuary, she gets him out of an eighteen-year rut, away from the mundane existence on the farm, and a grieving, drunken father.
Sophia is the first person who understands him and makes him believe that he might get out of their small town, who tells him, he has the potential to be whoever he wants to be and do whatever he wants to do.
But as their relationship unfolds, it is the most devastating of news that will change both of them forever.
Her face was nearer than it had ever been. Her skin felt smooth and warm. All I could do was lean further into her, losing myself in the moment. And then there were her piercing blue eyes-even more extraordinary up close. Before I knew it, I’d brought my hands to her chest as our parting lips collided. We kissed for hours, inhabiting each other with such force as our bodies rolled across the cooled grass. She was the change I had been searching for. It was the first time I realized; I could be anywhere in the world, but nowhere without her.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hugo Driscoll is a 25-year- old British journalist and content writer for an online publication in London.
When he’s not working, you can usually find him writing in the basements of cafes or lamenting the unfair treatment of millennials in overcrowded London bars.
You can also find Hugo on Twitter, Facebook, and his personal blog, which he updates regularly.
Seven Days with You is his first novel.
What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?
My ex-girlfriend made me a mixtape. I’ve never received once since so I guess that was rather sweet.
How would you spend ten thousand bucks?
At this point in my life, I’d probably be really boring and save it. Living in London isn’t cheap!
Where do you get your best ideas?
You’ll be surprised how many ideas come from simply slowing down and taking in your environment. It works for me, at least. And whether that be a paragraph, a sentence or even just an idea for a character, I find doing something therapeutic and relaxing usually leads to a variety of material, much of which I incorporate into my novels.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
I prefer to focus on how the story starts and finishes. That’s always my priority when I begin writing. I know John Irving famously writes the last sentence of his stories first. That doesn’t quite work for me, but I can see why that’s worked so well for him. Once you have that all-important plot- or at least part of one- you realise you have the crux of a novel and to me that makes the process far less daunting than it already is.
What does your main character do that makes him/her special?
Sean is someone that puts his heart and soul into everything he does- despite the problems in his life. He’s a do-gooder and a trier, and I felt that was missing in a lot of male romance characters. To me, it seemed they were either shut off and laconic or incredibly cool with slicked back hair and a 30- cigarettes-a-day smoking habit. Sean is neither of those stereotypes. He’s earnest and is full of hope -despite the tough cards he’s been dealt.
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