A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley
Today is my stop on a Blog Tour for Camilla Isley's second novel A Sudden Crush. Last year the lovely Camilla contacted me with a request to read and review her first book (I Wish For You) I really enjoyed read it and got very excited when Camilla asked me to review her second novel A Sudden Crush (published February 4, 2016). I felt under the spell of her second book and enjoyed every minute in the company of this captivating story. You can read me review of A Sudden Crush You can read me review of A Sudden Crush here.
So today I am bringing you a Guest Post by Camilla Isley: Unexpected Encounters...
What are the chances?
When I was asked to write a guest post about unplanned/unexpected encounters I was immediately super excited. Then, when I started thinking about what to write I realized that in every single one of my books, one still in the works, there is a "it was destiny" moment. But the best part was noting how they're similar but different still. Of course, they all revolve around chance meetings. But the first is a true story. The second is pure fiction and somewhat unlikely to happen IRL. And the last one is fiction so likely to happen that if I had you guess which of the three was the true story with no heads up, you'd probably pick this one.
The true story.
While I was writing my first novel I Wish for You, I randomly heard a romantic story of how a couple met, fell in love, and ended up getting married. I knew I had to put it in my book somewhere. Here's one of the most serendipitous boy-meets-girl story you'll ever hear. Girl is catching the train to go home for her daily commute. She's tired after a long day at work and somehow distracted. So when she reaches the station she jumps on the first train without checking the direction. On the train, the only free spot to seat is across from the Boy in our story. Girl seats down and she and Boy immediately hit it off. They happily chat away until the next station gets announced. Girl asks in what direction the train is going, and Boy confirms that yes, she's headed the wrong way. Girl springs up from her seat to exit the train and sends the contents of her bag flying all around the wagon. Boy is only too happy to help her collect her stuff, a book in particular, and he says bye to her with a dashing smile. Girl exits the train feeling sorry she will never see Boy again. But when she gets home and opens her novel here flies out a business card, Boy's business card. Girl calls Boy. Girl and Boy fall in love. Girl and Boy get married. The End. I mean, what are the chances?
The over-the-top fiction.
Whereas in my first novel the fantasy was in the creation of a world filled with magic and wishes. In my second novel I decided to go a little over the top with the circumstances I put my characters in. Fiction that sounds like fiction. The wrong seat on a plane, a storm in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle—I love a bit of superstition, and the stranded on a deserted island scenario. Chances of this happening in real life must be close to zero. But again, consider my previous story. Aren't the odds still close to nothing? My point being that I'm a huge believer in chance. Destiny, serendipity, a coincidence, luck. Call it as you may, I think that really one moment, one decision, one meeting could change your life forever. I met my husband on a graduate program to which I'd decided not to apply. After I had intentionally let the application deadline pass and, of course, changed my mind one week later, I discovered that incredibly, unprecedentedly they'd postponed the deadline by exactly one week. I applied at four in the morning on the last day just because on a whim I checked my laptop. I mean, what are the chances? I met one of my best friends going to the wrong gym class. And who knows what other random situations changed my life forever without me even noticing. Which brings me to the new novel I'm writing.
The oh-so-real fiction.
I love the topic of unexpected encounters so much that I've decided to write an entire book around it. My next romcom will be a sliding-doors kind of story. Only instead of using an open/closed door scenario, I'm creating two story lines seeing what happens when my heroine meets/doesn't meet another character. The chance being in the character catching or losing a plane. It could happen to anyone. It’s a situation so real and it opens up a world of possibilities. I think it's a fascinating topic and I can't wait to explore it in depth.
What are your thoughts about chances and destiny? Do you have your own serendipity story you'd like to share?
Thank yo so much, Camilla and also Aimee (from Hello..Chick Lit) for letting me be a part of this fabulous #BlogTour!
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