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Author Name: Priscilla Glenn
Release date: October 20, 2012
Age Group: Adult with YA crossover
Genre: Contemporary romance
When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.
Or that it would end so painfully.
Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.
As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?
The Author's Guest Post
1. Being an English major (and now an English teacher) I have an obsession for all things symbolism. I’ve always loved the symbolic meaning behind ivy vines, and almost immediately after I came up with the idea for Back to You, I knew I would work it in somehow.
2. For every scene that takes place in their high school, I pictured the high school I attended growing up. It’s sort of weird, because I’ve been working in a school for the past eleven years, so you’d think my mind would automatically place them there since it’s so engrained in my daily routine.
3. Some (embarrassingly bad) alternate titles for Back to You were: Fix You, Now and Then, and Unconditional
4. The “black ice” incident is a true story. It happened to me and one of my good friends in college, and it is one of those stories that still makes me laugh out loud whenever I think about it, even twelve years later.
5. Back to You is my first published novel, but it is the third book I’ve written.
6. The scene where Michael and Lauren go to TRASHED was a last minute addition to the story. I was driving to work one morning and the idea just came to me. As soon as I got to work I jotted some things down on a post-it, and when I came home I wrote the whole scene in one shot. It’s the only scene in the novel that came out perfect the first time – I didn’t have to edit it at all.
7. I went to school with a boy whose first name was Maclaine. Everyone called him Mac, and I loved it. Before I began writing Back to You, I was sure Michael’s name was going to be Michael MacLaine (known to everyone as Mac) – but then I was behind someone in the post office and the name Delaney was written on their package. As soon as I read it, I saw “Del” so clearly in my mind – and I knew right then that was going to be it.
8. And now, in no particular order, the Back to You playlist (aka songs I listened to religiously when writing):
Time After Time – cover by Javier Colon
Hold You in my Arms – Ray LaMontagne
The Face – Kings of Leon
Breathing – Lifehouse
Your Winter – Sister Hazel
I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
Never Think – Robert Pattinson
To Make You Feel My Love – cover by Adele
Hate Me – Blue October
Sullivan Street – Counting Crows
Fix You – Coldplay
Dog Days are Over – cover by Vicci Martinez
You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
About The Author
Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three beautiful children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years. Glenn has written three books, although Back to You is her first published novel. Her guilty pleasures include great books, good wine, anything chocolate, and Robert Pattinson :)
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