Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)
Sydney gets her car! The inspiration for Latte came from a Subaru dealership that I have to drive past almost every time I leave my house. They had a brown station wagon parked out front for months, and that became Sydney’s car. I love contradictions in characters, so I created Sydney’s love of cars to contrast with her otherwise stoic academic personality. People often ask if I’m a car person because of the details I write about them for her (especially in the next book), but the answer is no. I had to research it all. My only experience with cars is driving them.
Sydney’s mom only gets a quick nod here, but I like that someone in this world has a normal parent. Everyone else’s are either dead or extremely eccentric. Ahem, Rose.
And…there he is! Our first glimpse of Adrian in the series. Writing Sydney’s first impression of him here was tricky. I needed her to find him attractive, but it couldn’t be done in a way with her falling all over herself or melting with lust. She’s nowhere near anything like that yet. So, her likening him to a work of art is pretty much in character with her: clinically admiring someone’s good looks, then moving along. Naturally, I didn’t have to do any editing of Adrian’s wonderful snarky self. “Are you guys here to convert me or sell me siding?” is one of my favorite lines in the book.