LITTLE DO WE KNOW comes out in two weeks and I’ve been an emotional bundle of nerves all day! It’s always like that as release day nears, but this one feels a little different.
When I wrote 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 inspired me. 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. I honestly thought I wouldn’t see this story in print, ever. Then things finally clicked, everything changed, and it became fun. And so 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.
Writing stories for you is an honor, and the privilege of a lifetime. Thank you. Love and hugs to all of you. ❤