Let me start by saying that MOST of my ideas come to me while trying to sleep. This does not lend itself to a very interesting story. BUT, the idea for Night Sky came to me a few days after Valentine's Day in 2011.
Mike (my husband) and I were sitting in the Taco Bell drive-thru talking about old movies. We were laughing about some of the old eighties movies we watched in middle school and Pretty in Pink came up.
I have always felt like the MC should have ended up with the best friend, not the rich, spoiled guy that she did end up with. (Since the movie came out in the eighties, I'm feeling okay with ruining the ending for you ;-)
I really wanted to write a story that started from the POV of the guy who never had the courage to tell his friend he loved her, and then she finds someone else before he gets the chance.
The girl I came up with as Jameson's distraction from Sarah, became a lot more than a distraction VERY quickly.
I thought about Jameson as Mike and I ate our Taco Bell (hot date, right?) on our way to Anchorage, and then more at the bookstore (which is where we end up on most dates), and by the time I got home, I had a really good feel for him. The first draft came to light in just a few weeks, and then the long process of editing, tweaking, and finding the perfect spot in Jameson's crappy night to start the story took over.
Jameson is probably equal parts my husband, and my cousin Rudy. And now I just hope that neither of them reads this blog today, lol.
Sky is kind of the sexy, smooth, cool girl I've always wanted to be. I grew up in Alaska, and have spent a LOT of time with the native population up here, so that part of her was easy to write.
Sarah is a conglomeration of a LOT of girls I knew in high school, and I loved her sweetness and confusion in equal parts.
Neither Sky OR Jameson made the decisions I would have, and I love them more for it.
One really convenient thing that just happened, was that Jameson had to do a project for a class at school, and fell in love with Nirvana - a band whose music came out in his birth year or thereabouts. I listened to Nevermind and Nirvana Unplugged almost non-stop in the weeks it took me to write this, and then again while editing.
Sometimes when I'm writing, I really have to push through certain points, or have hard decisions to make on which direction I want the story to go, but I didn't have either problem with this one. It was a blast all the way through - yes, even the editing ;-D