After completing The First Third, I knew I didn’t want to wait too long before writing my next book for young adults. Early on, I had two competing ideas: in the first, boys grieve their mutual best friend, and in the second, one boy can see the future. I wrote first chapters for both, but while one continued to evolve, one stalled. It was too short. I tried to stretch and manipulate it into a novel, adding characters and plot points, but that just diluted it.
I set it aside and focused on what would become The Sidekicks, and I’m glad I did. It was the novel I needed to write, and the time to write it. And when I was done, I returned to Adam, the boy who could see the future. I hadn’t fallen out of love his story, but I knew it wasn’t a novel.
When the opportunity arose to write for the #LoveOzYA anthology, I jumped at it. I love writing short stories, and I had an idea that wasn’t quite a novel. A few weeks, a writers’ retreat, a few more weeks and BAM, I Can See The Ending was born. The pitch:
Love is never as simple as Boy Meets Girl, not for a psychic teen anyway. Nothing spoils Boy Kisses Girl quite like a vision of Girl Dumping Boy …
Dabbling in rom-com spec-fic is a bit of a departure for me, but I still wanted it to feel like a Will Kostakis story, so expect banter, friendship, and an all-too-present parent.
I Can See The Ending is available digitally (AMAZON • GOOGLE PLAY • KOBO • iBOOKS), and also in paperback as part of Begin, End, Begin, the first #LoveOzYA anthology. Edited by Danielle Binks, Begin, End, Begin features stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer and Lili Wilkinson.
And after all that, I still can’t shake Adam. I think he wants me to figure out his novel and write that too. I just might.