Let’s talk Four Letters. A series that was first viewed on Wattpad when it wasn’t a series at all, but a rant. Jade Reamer was created when I was in a pissy mood, let’s be honest. Writing was a way to direct all my energy towards and it worked: Those Four Letter Words was created. Now as I’ve said numerous times before, this was nothing more than a rant that developed into me posting weekly chapters online when I realized I had a story. It was a short and sweet novella and I loved it because I enjoy writing short stories since I have a tendency for my mind to wander.
That was it. Those Four Letters Words was over and done.
But apparently Jade’s story wasn’t over. Apparently people liked my little novella and wanted more. And I guess I had more to write.
Enter Jaded Little Lies. My attempt of writing my longest book ever, about 70,000 words. You might be laughing at this moment: 70,000 words? Really, that’s it? Well, like I said, I write short stories: DWI, Reap, Fallen Tears, and Those Four Letter Words are all short stories/novellas. It’s kind of my thing. Dahlia and Rowan are my longest at about 50,000 and 60,000 roughly. So I had it in my head that I had to go long or go home for my next book, and that fell on Jaded Little Lies, my current WIP.
It’s my NaNoWriMo book. I figured it be the perfect time to get back to a story that yes, capped at 30,000. I don’t know if this is with other writers, but I don’t write linearly. I’ve written the beginning and I know exactly what’s going to happen in the end that I thought, why wait, and wrote that as well. It’s the middle that I’m working on. I’m probably the most disorganized writer but I guess that’s what works for me. So I may not be on the NaNoWriMo schedule, but I’m doing my best, and hoping that my goal of finishing this story by the end of the year is a success.
After Jaded Little Lies, I’m planning to write more stories in the series, one featuring Bryn and the other, Connor. Who knows what will come after that.
I’ll leave you with a excerpt from JLL.
Disclaimer: it’s unedited.
I swear I cried for two weeks straight when my best friend moved away when I was five. Allison was her name. She was this petite half Korean, half Jewish girl with the prettiest hair ever and the softest voice that almost sounded lyrical. I remembered the first time I met her. I actually stepped on her hair as she sat on the front steps of the school, waiting for her mom to pick her up.
The moment I realized the tips of my runners were planted on long, luscious black hair, I squawked, backing up.
“Sorry,” I exclaimed.
She turned her face toward me and by the trembling of her lips, I knew I’d be in trouble unless I did something.
“Don’t cry! Please don’t cry. I already made Tyler Price cry this week and mom will be super mad with me if it was two in a week.” I sat down next to her and wiped the potential dirt off the ends of her hair.
“What’s your name, anyway?” I asked, staring into dark eyes which, thankfully, were no longer tearful.
“Hi, Allison. I’m Jade Reamer, please to meet you.” I raised my hand for her to shake.
She looked at my hand hesitantly before taking my hand in hers.
I grinned at her. “You don’t talk much, do you?”
“That’s okay. I can do enough talking for the both of us.”
We were inseparable for that short year, doing everything together. But Allison’s family moved a lot and their time was up in my little old town, her dad getting a position in his company overseas.
Perhaps if she’d have left now, we’d still be in touch with all the social networks out there and texting. But it wasn’t and I cried myself to sleep because my bestie was halfway around the world and even at that young age, I knew she’d eventually forget me.
“Jade, keep your chin up.”
I had been sitting on one of the chairs in the backyard, staring at all the kids that were currently in our swimming pool. Ten-year-old Bryn had decided to invite the entire neighborhood, including Reed, his best friend since forever and was like another brother to me. He wasn’t as yucky as Bryn’s other friends.
Reed was the one talking about my chin.
“It is up,” I said with a frown.
He laughed, taking a seat next to me. He shook his long hair out of his face. “It’s a figure of speech my dad likes to say. ‘Keep your chin up, Reed.’ He says that to me whenever I’m sad or disappointed, like when I miss a shot in baseball. To not be sad.”
“But I can’t help being sad.” I bit my inner lip to prevent tears from falling.
“You’ll make other friends.”
“I don’t want any other friends. I was good with just Allison and Bryn. What am I gonna do now?”
“Well you have me, Jade, you know that. Just call me your Allison.”
I cracked a smile as I stared up into his face. “You don’t look like an Allison.”
“Good. How about I just be your Reed then?” He offered a hand my way.
It was the same thing I had done with Allison but there was no hesitation when I took his hand.
He pulled me forward and picked me up, bringing me toward the other kids. Bryn looked our way, hazel eyes dancing in mischief.
“Throw her in, Reed! Let’s see if Jade sinks or swims.”
Before I could even scream in protest, Reed did as he was told. And as Reed threw me in amongst all the cheers, I wasn’t scared at all. For a moment, I knew what it felt like to fly.
And it was because of Reed.
Excerpt from Jaded Little Lies by Christina Channelle, release date Spring 2015