10 Things You Don't Know About Love Me Crazy:
Did you know there were seven siblings in the first draft? I love how big families work—the dynamics, the personalities—all intriguing and that make for great stories. The Covington family started with seven siblings: Quinn, Ellie, Victoria, Meredith, Savannah, Lucy and Kat. Three were cut, leaving Ellie, Quinn and Kat. Lucy became a cousin.
Did you know in my first draft Quinn was a NYC suit going home for his sister’s wedding and needed a date? Yup, he was going to hire an escort—Cassidy’s roommate. She thought it would be grand to send Cassidy in her place…since she was out of a job and needed the money.
Did you know the green truck in the story was written in because I want one? When my husband and I purchased our house, there was an option to buy an old green Ford truck as an add on. I regret not buying it and think about it almost every day because, well, it was AWESOME! And reminded me of laid back country living and home.
Do you know why I chose Charleston, SC as the setting? That city is where my hubby proposed. Granted, I was like, give me that ring! We were both shaking (me,excited; him, probably scared shitless) and I thought it was going to fall through the cracks in the pier just off the Battery. It seemed appropriate to set a romance in the historic, beautiful town where I started a new chapter for my own love story.
Do you know how many times I used y’all in Love Me Crazy? Sixteen times. All the y’alls are for all y’all southerners who can’t get enough! (Now that I live up North, hearing it is a real treat!)
Did you know indigo isn’t like RIT dye packets where you just add water? I interviewed a wonderful woman from South Carolina about the dying process (and watched many Youtube videos), still the process was foreign to me. So I bought indigo from a reputable supplier and made a batch for myself. Then I learned the art of shibori (tying, blocking and tubing fabric in different ways to make patterns once dyed) and my daughter and I spent several days learning the process. It’s quite magical, and I’m not going to lie…labor intensive, but so worth it. Two of my giveaways include a lightweight scarf I hand-dyed. I had to change my indigo scene to honor the process…of course I bent it a little since Quinn’s dad liked to experiment with the process.
Did you know the second draft included Cassidy’s backstory through flashbacks? I had several scenes where something Quinn said or did triggered Cassidy’s memory. All revolved around her mathematic mind and her mother finding out she was a genius. I loved the scenes but in the end, they were cut.
Did you know Quinn’s darkroom skills came from my personal experience? I’m not going to say I was exceptional…or even great. I sure as heck couldn’t get that dang negative strip fed into the roll in a pitch black room, but once I figured it out, I LOVED developing my own photographs.
Did you know Cassidy confronted her parents? Yup! In a previous draft, she tore into them and told them exactly how she felt about being raised as a genius instead of a person. And she returned all the money they sent her over the years. Every penny.
Do you know who my favorite character is? Quinn would be a good guess. I’m all for the finery that is one tan, muscular (think Stephen Amell) and can totally imagine myself wrapping around…anyway, I digress. My favorite character is Kat. I love her spunk. I love her attitude. And I love when she throws the tape dispenser on the floor at the bus station.
Did you know Mrs. Covington went by a different name in a previous draft? Early on, Quinn’s mom went by her maiden name and was known to Cassidy as Mrs. Monroe. Cassidy also didn’t know Mrs. Monroe was Quinn’s mother, leading to a climatic reveal where she had to decided between her job or her heart. However, I’m the only one that liked that draft :)
Did you know my favorite scene got cut? Let’s just say it involved Quinn, Cassidy, a copperhead and firearms. That scene, my lovelies, will appear somewhere at some point!