25 Spoiler-Free Facts About At Her Fingertips
Now it’s time for 25 Spoiler-Free Facts about my most recent novel, At Her Fingertips. *super excited* *jumps up and down* *spins in a circle* Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!
Towards the end of this post there’s also a signup form for people who would like to alpha/beta read Once a Stratton. I’m only looking for a few and the timeline is pretty tight, but if you can, and I’d love to have you!
And now, without further ado …
- AFOP was really the first book in what would become “The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy” that I wrote. Back then it was called The Sapphire of the Seine, and yes, it was set in Paris. 😉
- In The Sapphire of the Seine, Alice (then Alise Bandeau) was sixteen and involved with 30-something man. I don’t understand my twelve-year-old brain at all. Jane Eyre-inspired, I guess???
- I’ve been looking forward to writing this book since I was twelve. So four years, at least.
- Therefore, I was more prepared to write this book, emotionally and outlinerly, than any before it.
- It was also the first novel I thoroughly outline, and the novel I enjoyed writing most. Because I WAS SO PUMPED Y’ALL.
- This was the first novel I had an official playlist for which I listened to while writing it. Top songs included I Need You by Sanctus Real, Counting Stars by OneRepublic, Born to Fly by Sara Evans, and Everybody’s Fool by Evanescence.
- AFOP was the first novel in which the final draft was shorter than the original draft (from 65,587 to 63,909 words). Probably because in the first draft there was soooo much dialogue and a ridiculously long prologue for absolutely no reason.
- I feel like AFOP is probably my best work so far. So if you want to see Kell at her best, well, this novel is a prime example. 😛
- Still, there were a lot fewer revisions than there had to be for TDS or IvIn. Mostly it was just messing with Gibson and adding action beats.
- I think I also talked about this novel on my blog more than any other because I was just soooo pumped about it! I mean, seriously, I am still super excited! I can’t wait for y’all to read it!
- Peter is one of my all-time favorite characters. If not simply my all-time favorite character. Because honestly, I love him so much!
- I came to almost like Gibson more than Alice as the story went on? Like, Alice was a little brat sometimes – or at least she doesn’t always do what she should do – but Gibson is just … just … *sobs*
- I also cried about this book a ridiculous amount. Like, seriously, you’d think I’d be prepared …
- #Kalice is a matter of great debate among my friends. Most of them are huge fans, but a few of them are not.
- No, I never thought twice about the ending. Never have, never will.
- I can actually relate more with Alice in this book than ever before. It’s hard to wait when you’d rather just force things to happen.
- I changed Gibson’s personality and motivations around several times before landing on the final. He was really a bad guy during the first several drafts …
- Cassie is an unspoken heroine because she is the sweetest most supportive best friend.
- Ivy is also an unspoken heroine because she genuinely cares about her sister and despite Alice underestimating her, Ivy loves her twin to death. <3
- Originally Mr. and Mrs. Knight weren’t that involved in the story … but I soon realized that had to change. After all, Alice adores her mother, and she’d definitely want her advice. Besides, ignoring parents is #notcool
- I worked hard on the theme throughout the entire process from outlining to the final draft. Hopefully it showed up clearly!
- This is the first full-length novel I’ve had a professional editor for.
- The cover Willowy Whisper made for this novel needed practically no changes from the original draft she sent me. I was in love at first sight!
- I was actually pleased with the blog tour when it was finished. I know, miracles do happen! Due, of course, to the amazing bloggers who participated.
- Not giving spoilers for this book has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Because … argggg! *dies*
And that’s about it! Thanks for much for hanging out with me and talking about my favorite child. 😉 (*whispers* I may act like I’m joking but it’s true.) (Don’t tell my other books!)
As promised, here’s the info about Once a Stratton alphas/betas! Here’s some info you might want to know …
Once a Stratton is a 60,000-word Christian historical novel set in 1850s Philadelphia and Virginia with themes of sisterhood, family vs. morals, and trusting God to get you through the rough times. Read a blurb on my works-in-progress page.
You can sign up here!
I’ll be sending out the manuscripts in the next couple days. Beta-reading will be finishing up on June 16th. I do realize that that’s a rather tight schedule, with less than a month for you to get through, but as explained in this post, it will need to be a tight schedule!
Did you enjoy those facts? Were there any that surprised you? How many did you know? Are you interested in beta-reading Once a Stratton? Let me know if you have any questions about that in the comments! 🙂