To my wonderful readers,
Little Do We Know is out in the world today!
Wow. It feels so strange to type those words. To think that nine years ago, I was writing Time Between Us in between meetings, in the middle of the night, and in every spare moment I could grab—the whole time, never knowing if anyone would ever even be able to (or want to!) read it. But in 2012, it was published. Many of you did read it. And I got to write another book, and another one, and another one. I’m forever grateful to all of you.
But this book is different. Little Do We Know doesn’t just exist because you supported my stories; It exists because you inspired it.
In Every Last Word, I talked about writing as therapy. I introduced you to Sam and Caroline, who taught you how to get all those big, heavy thoughts out of your head and onto paper. I encouraged you to write about the big stuff—the stuff that scared you. And then you did. I started getting letters from you, telling me you were filling notebooks with words. You shared your experiences, and your stories, and your poetry with me. You were so brave.
You got me thinking. I had other ideas for my next YA novel, but because of you, I knew I needed to write this one story I’d had in my head for years. The one I never thought I’d write. The one that scared me most.
It was personal. It was definitely therapy. And it felt like the kind of story I would have found comfort in when I was a teen. But it was hard. It took me three years and I almost quit more than once. Thanks to my editors and my agent, who so tirelessly believed in me and this story, I kept going. And at some point, things finally clicked, everything changed, and it became fun. And deeply rewarding.
Now that it’s finished, I’m so proud of this book. I’m especially proud of myself for not giving up on it.
I hope you love Hannah, Emory, and Luke as much as I do. And if you don’t, that’s okay. I haven’t liked every book I’ve ever read or every movie I’ve ever seen—I get it. Maybe this book isn’t for you. Maybe my next one will be.
But maybe you’re someone who needs to meet these three kids to know you’re not alone—because you’re keeping a secret to protect someone you love, or you’re questioning things you thought you knew, or you’re going through something no one understands because you don’t even understand it. If so, I hope you’ll connect with the people in these pages. And I hope you’ll share your story with me, because I need to know I’m not alone, too. And because you guys give me more courage than you’ll ever know.
Thank you for reading my words. Writing stories for you is an honor, and the privilege of a lifetime.
Love and hugs to all of you!
P.S. For those of you who are waiting to hear about the winners of the Royal #Bookstagram Tour Giveaway & Pre-Order Grand Prize, please stay tuned. I’m heading on tour from June 5th through June 16th, so my schedule may be a bit busier than usual. But I’ll be sure to announce the winners for each of these campaigns on my website, my blog, and Instagram later this month.