Guys, here’s a true story:
Back in 2011, I was really depressed. I had an emotionally abusive dayjob. My writing career was going nowhere. My dad was sicker than usual. I kept having to take business trips…TO INDIANAPOLIS.
I didn’t know what to do: about my dayjob career, about my writing career, definitely not about Indianapolis.
So I said “SCREW IT” and started writing a book just for myself and my friends. I slipped in inside jokes and stupid references and my constant goal was to make myself laugh. Before long I was working my ass on this goof-off project, and before long AFTER THAT I realized I possibly wrote my new favorite thing.
And then nutbags stuff started happening. I got a dayjob I liked! I sold my first two books! I stuck this sweet li’l project in the figurative desk drawer of life and focused elsewhere. Knowing it was there. Knowing I adored it. Knowing someday I’d set it loose on the world.
Well, it looks like 2015 is that time:
Oh, do you want MORE info? Sure!
17-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid find out that their fellow bandmates, Lucy and Nathan, are secretly hooking up. Worried that they’re going to miss out on high school romance, Riley and Reid make a pact: they’ll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook they call “The Passenger Manifest.” Riley has been obsessed with Ted Callahan forever–his floppy hair! his undeniable intelligence!–but she also finds herself distracted by Garrick, a science nerd who’s a secret casanova, and Milo, a music fiend from another town. Meanwhile, Reid has to figure out if adopting a dog is a viable way to win over someone’s heart and if he can handle unexpected attention from a girl who’s way cooler than he’ll ever be…
Wait, you want MORE info? OK! This book is like all about music (and making out), so here are a few tracks that I leaned on hard to inspire Riley, Reid, Lucy, and Nathan’s band The Gold Diggers:
I hope you guys like this book. I am seriously thrilled.