Back to You

Back to You

Four years after the most confusing summer of her life, recent college graduate Iris Tilley is moving back home with no idea of the repercussions waiting to greet her. Going home means reconnecting with her dad, facing her motherless home, and confronting her gorgeous neighbor, Weston Alcorn.

And all of this, unfortunately, has to be done in a small southern town where gossip is a prized currency.

As the summer forges on, Iris struggles to find her place in a town that’s changed as much as it’s stayed the same, and it doesn’t help that Weston doesn’t seem to know how to treat her. Through awkward encounters, tense conversations, and heartbreaking revelations, neither Weston nor Iris can ignore the spark they ignited four years prior. But as Iris's past and the prospect of her future violently clash, it's no longer a question of can they ignore it, but will they have the chance?
 


Reviews

"That was such a beautiful and really good story. It was never boring because of the ups and downs of the story. This story drained me emotionally out, because of the hundreds of thousands emotions I felt while reading it. I really loved and enjoyed reading this story!"

— Silence_Soul

I can't believe it's over!! :'( every time I'd get a little ping on my phone when you updated, it would literally make my day because it meant I'd be able to get lost in their little adorable lives, even if just for a moment. 

You have created such life-like characters - ones that grow, that learn, that fight, that love and I can't thank you enough for that. Thank you thank you for a wonderful story, for making each update heart-touching and just for being awesome all around!

Looking forward to your next projects (maybe these two will make a cameo? one can hope haha!)

— tivawrites24

"I'm not a fan of endings when it comes to books that I have fallen in love with. And I have without a doubt loved every single word of this story. But I have to say that even though I'll miss reading about West and Iris, this ending is pretty perfect. 

Thank you for writing this book, sharing your talents and taking me on a rollercoaster ride of emotion with this story. I can't wait to see what your next book will be. Xx"

— wordminder


How it Came to Be

The Idea
          I'd always had the opening scene in my mind. It's a scene four years before the actual story starts, and Iris is sitting on her front porch crying and Weston comes over to console her. The entirety of the story is based off this one scene. I wanted them to be older, so eventually I came up with the idea that this would be somewhat of a prologue, and I love how it turned out.

Planning it Out
     
"Back to You" was the first novel I fully planned out before actually starting to write it. Before, I'd have a basic idea of where I wanted the story to go, but for the most part just wrote it out as I went. For this story, though, I knew I had to incorporate that opening scene and that I wanted the two leads to be older. And I also knew the twists I wanted at the end. So I had one main outline I stuck to while writing, even though I eventually made some changes to it as I went along.

Writing It
     It took me about a year and a half to write the entirety of "Back to You" and about one month or so to edit it enough to send it out to publishers. It took me that long because I was a full time college student with a part-time job and could only write on the off chance I didn't have homework or when I decided to write INSTEAD of doing homework hahaha. There was one scene that took me about two months to write, though, and that was because it was such a crucial one and it had to be perfect.

Why I Decided to Publish
     Publishing a book has literally been a dream of mine since I was in fourth grade. I've been writing since then and posting things freely online, but "Back to You" was the first one I could look at and see being published. Hands down, I believe it's the best thing I've ever written and trust me when I say I've written A LOT of stuff. So I cleaned up the manuscript, sent it out to a few publishers, and now it's being published through Hot Tree Publishing in March 2017. Dreams really do come true :)

 

If you have any other questions about the process I went through with "Back to You" or any questions on the novel in general, head on over to its Goodreads page here to ask me directly!