I’m thrilled to have a guest post by Katey Lovell today. Katey writes the Meet Cute series, published by Harper Impulse . The Boy with the Boxes and The Boy on the Bus were both published on April 7th 2016.
The Boy with The Boxes
Rosie’s starting afresh. Her best friend and former housemate is starting a new life in Australia leaving Rosie to move into a new flat on her own. But when she meets her next door neighbour, Rosie realises she may not be quite so alone after all…
The Boy on the Bus
A gorgeously romantic short story, part of the Meet Cute series.
Lucy’s morning bus journey is the highlight of her day – it’s the only time she sees her crush. But how can he take up so many of her thoughts when she doesn’t even know his name?
You’ll find all of Katey’s lovely Meet Cute books here.
A Guest Post by Katey Lovell
The opening scene to The Boy with the Boxes introduces Rosie Willis, a young art and design graduate moving into her new flat. It’s a big moment for her as she’s starting afresh in a new home, but especially as she’s just said goodbye to her best friend Carmen who’s moved to Sydney to further her career.
Carmen and Rosie’s friendship is actually loosely based on my relationship with my own best friend, Jen (who The Boy with the Boxes is dedicated to). We never moved to London together, nor did we go to Glastonbury to get soaked to the skin as Rosie and Carmen do, but we have survived being quite literally inseparable as children (I remember one summer where we alternated staying at each other’s houses for almost the entire six week holiday!) to seeing each other just a handful of times a year. I moved away to Sheffield in 1998 and Jen later went to university in Glasgow, but it was during 2008 and 2009, when Jenny spent a year in Australia, that the very fact she was on another landmass made her feel so much further away. It happened to coincide with me suffering from postnatal depression and I so desperately wished she was still living just around the corner so we could put the world to rights over a hot Ribena and a mint Viscount biscuit. Strangely though, by reverting to snail-mail letter writing and Skype conversations, our bond strengthened, and in my mind that’s what happens to Rosie and Carmen too. They get to develop their independence whilst still knowing they’ll always have each other, because their friendship goes beyond distance and time zones.
Although Rosie and Connor’s is the love story in this book, the friendship between the two girls is equally important to me. Because romance is one thing, but the love between friends is a very special kind of love indeed.
About Katey Lovell
Katey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown and still tapes the show every night. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.
She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their eight year old son.