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24 facts about my novel for my 24th birthday

It feels so hard to believe, but I’m actually turning 24 today. And given that I’m writing this blog post a week in advance, it’s even weirder to write it, because it’s not actually my birthday on the day I’m writing it. (I also had to edit it because I managed to finish writing the book in the meantime!).

I feel like 24 announces my entry into the world of being in my mid-20s, rather than early-20s. Not really sure what difference it makes, probably none at all, but it’s also a year of big changes in my life. Namely, I’m going to be (finally) leaving the world of full-time education and becoming a full blown adult. And, to be honest, I’m quite excited about that.

I initially wanted to write a blog post about 24 facts about me, but I didn’t really think anyone would care, or that I would enjoy writing it. So, instead, I decided to give you a little in into my book, as I know there are quite a few of you quite curious about what I’m writing. As the first draft is now finished (until I attack it with the editing sword and change half the stuff), I’ve decided to share some secrets with you. I hope you enjoy.

  1. The current (working) title of the book is Jeremiah and Natasha, which are quite simply the first names of my main characters. I fully expect the title to change in the future, but I’m not sure what it’s going to change to just yet.
  2. The word count of the first draft is at 134,949 words, which amounts to 256 pages in Microsoft Word. It’s impossible to say how long that is in ‘book pages’, because that depends on so many factors, but I can definitely tell you that it is currently too long and will need to be shortened.
  3. My book has two main characters, Jeremiah and Natasha.
  4. Both Jeremiah and Natasha in their early twenties and are university students.
  5. It is not a romance novel, though there is love in it. Just like there is in real life.
  6. The novel is set in London.
  7. Fashion and food are both important to my main characters. Especially bacon and beautiful dresses.
  8. A short part of the novel takes place in Texas, and it’s Mr Arguably Honest’s absolutely favourite part.
  9. One of the characters is a British Jew. The other is Russian.
  10. I have made Pinterest boards for things that make me think of Jeremiah and Natasha. Feel free to have a look.
  11. Two people have been reading the book as I’m writing it: my boyfriend and a good friend.
  12. I find it very difficult to assign my book to a genre, but if I had to, I would say it’s contemporary new adult fiction.
  13. There is a cat in my novel. It’s called Dolly Parton and is a it’s a rag doll cat. I chose the breed because they’re incredibly cute and they’re very friendly. They’re often described as dog-like cats.
  14. Friendship and family relations are the two most important themes of the book.
  15. And so is working towards one’s dreams.
  16. I started writing the book on 23rd of October 2016, which means I’ve been working on it for close to 1.5 years now.
  17. I would really love to see my book in print, sat on a shelf in Foyles, so I will attempt to find an agent and get it sold to a publishing house before considering any self publishing options.
  18. The book has been entirely written in Microsoft Word.
  19. One of my characters drives a bottle green Maserati, which I believe is one of the most beautiful cars in the world.
  20. If I had to describe Natasha in one word, it would be resilient
  21. If I had to describe Jeremiah in one word, it would be determined. 
  22. I have set myself many deadlines for finishing this book. I have failed to meet all of them, and I’m ok with that. The most recent deadline was to finish by the end of April, but I actually managed to do it earlier. I was quite shocked, to be honest.
  23. Jeremiah and Natasha is my first novel, but it’s not my first time writing fiction.
  24. Writing the book has been full of periods of elation, and those when I couldn’t bring myself to write. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way. And I can’t wait to start on my second book.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Jeremiah and Natasha. The book has been with me for well over a year now, and I’ve spent countless hours typing away at my laptop, not to mention thinking about it. It’s completely imperfect, with way too many filler scenes, and some storylines that don’t bring much to the table, but I love it still. I know I can make it much better. And it will always remain my first book.


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