Today on my blog for the first time I have a guest post by an author who is talking about her YA Contemporary Fiction novel Summer Of No Regrets and what inspired her to write it . I really liked reading about her inspiration behind this book and I hope you enjoy reading it too. I will be adding the synopsis of the book in the post too so you can get an an idea what the books about . I personally loved the cover of the book and its name because I personally have always felt that life is too short and we should never regret looking back thinking that I could have taken a different step or done something differently . And a good friendship novel with a twist of love is something definitely my type.
GUEST POST – KATE MALLINDER Author of SUMMER OF NO REGRETS
Summer of No Regrets comes out in May, and although I started writing it in June 2017, the ideas behind it came much earlier.
My writing journey switched from ‘going nowhere’ to ‘getting interest’ around the time I began to be more honest with myself; honest about who I was, who I wanted to be and how and what I thought. I realised that, now in my thirties, I was having regrets about what I hadn’t done in my twenties and teens. Not a specific list, just that I hadn’t harnessed my potential. There had been wasted opportunities and a self-doubt I couldn’t see past. I had been holding back, and with this came the awareness that I didn’t want to get into my next decade and look back with the same regrets.
This became the driving force behind my writing; saying yes to opportunities that I would have said no to, stepping boldly outside of my comfort zone and exchanging ‘I can’t do that’ for ‘I haven’t done that before, I’ll give it a try.’
This journey of self-awareness and self-actualisation sets off like a rocket in your teens, a time when (to use the cliché), you’re trying to find your place in the world. Some people get it sorted quickly, others get good at faking it and some, like me, take longer to figure it out. Working out what you’re like can take time, it can alter as you learn new things and it can be hard if you’re trying to please other people.
This can apply to so many ways of life, not just becoming a writer. In order to excel at something you have to try very hard, go outside your ‘safe space’ and fail. And failing is tough. Before so many highs of success are the lows of not succeeding, of not quite getting there, of thinking the goal you’re aiming for is impossible.
It was out of this mind-soup that Summer of No Regrets was born. It’s a story about four friends, each very different, each with a different area of their lives they need to figure out. It’s about how friendship makes you braver, it’s about growing up and finding your place and learning how to live with no regrets. And while that all sounds very serious, don’t worry, it’s also about sun, sea, boats, ice cream and first kisses!
After their exams, four sixteen-year-old best friends pledge to live a summer regret-free, taking risks however much it scares them:
Sasha agrees to spend the holiday in Geneva, with the father she hasn’t seen for six years, but is not expecting his new girlfriend, or the boy in the cafe.
Shy homebody Hetal decides to go to science camp, and has to find a new competitive spirit.
After Nell lost her arm in an accident her mother is scared to let her out of the house – so to do what she wants she will have to lie to her parents.
Fostered Cam goes to look for her birth father. What will she find?
As all these choices become difficult, even dangerous, they will need each other for the strength to face the future.
Summer of No Regrets is out May 2, and is available to pre-order now!
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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING THIS POST .
I HOPE THROUGH THIS POST I HAVE MADE YOU A LITTLE EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK .
BECAUSE I AM EAGERLY WAITING FOR THE RELEASE DATE TO GET A CHANCE TO READ IT