Every month (or year) there’s a book that you see so much about before it’s even out in the world. The second book by Sally Thorne, author of THE HATING GAME, was one of those books. Her debut was on many favorites lists. So when we got the opportunity to chat with her about her second book, we couldn’t pass it up and can’t wait to share with you. Lets give her a warm welcome to Under the Covers and learn more about 99 PERCENT MINE!
Welcome to Under the Covers, Sally. We are very excited to be chatting with you today about 99 PERCENT MINE.
Thank you for being interested in me and my book!
How would you describe this book in a tweet?
Okay, you’ve set me a challenge but luckily I’m a Twitter pro:
A bad-girl called Darcy Barrett gets a bad case of the lust-sweats whenever her twin brother’s best friend, Tom Valeska, is in a 50-mile radius. Tom arrives to renovate Darcy’s cottage. She tries not to touch his muscles or gnaw through his bedroom door. She doesn’t try TOO hard.
This is your second novel, following the huge success of THE HATING GAME. Did that make it easier or harder to write it?
So much harder that I want to shake you by your lapels shrieking HARDER!
I’ve never intentionally written a book before, I’ve never experienced success and I’ve never had anything to follow up. THE HATING GAME felt like a fluke to me. I couldn’t tell you how I wrote it. All I knew was, I had to do it again. Countless people told me: Loved your book! Can’t wait for your next one! I was a shaky newborn author and I was intimidated by their cheerful faith in me.
I was reliably informed by knowledgeable people that Second Book Syndrome is very real and it’s a confidence killer. I had a false start on a project that I couldn’t complete, but my publisher was lovely and patient. I stared at a blank Word document for a very long time and began to pick listlessly at my keyboard, until the title 99 PERCENT MINE randomly came into my head, gave me goosebumps and my synapses blazed to life. About time! But even then, it didn’t come easy. This book was nothing but blood, sweat and tears- and the weirdest part is, it was just me versus myself.
How did the inspiration for this story come about?
I was thinking about tropes I love, and I’m a sucker for ‘brother’s best friend’. Usually the guy is trying to keep his hands to himself, so I wanted to try a twist on it: a bad girl and a good boy. I wanted to create a woman who says what she thinks (Darcy Barrett) and a genuinely lovely, good man (Tom Valeska). We can’t forget twin brother Jamie, who likes to control and complicate, and make everyone laugh. Also, fun fact, my mother is a twin.
Another inspiration was that my parents are renovating a house that means a lot to our family, so I gave the Barrett twins a dilapidated cottage that only Tom can save.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
My absolute favorite part of writing is that just sometimes, when a blue moon is high in the night sky, I enter a state of creative flow. It feels like I’ve hooked my brain up to the computer and started downloading. I stay up past three A.M until I physically can’t do any more. When I read it the next day, it’s like another person wrote it, but it’s exactly the sort of thing I like: heavy sexual tension, weirdness, happiness and sadness.
The hard part follows: letting another human read these late-night downloads.
If you could pick a theme song for Darcy and Tom what would it be?
Music really helped me through the worst of the writer’s block. Call It What You Want by Taylor Swift is a good song for Darcy and Tom.
It’s January so we all love making lists about things we’d like to do and achieve. What would be on your bucket list dream vacation?
I really want to go to Korea. I love K-Dramas, skincare and shopping, plus countries that are a mix of new and old- so I think I need to be there.
If you could be best friends with one character (from any book – not yours) who would it be and why?
Bridget Jones- I feel like she’d completely ‘get’ me. In my daydream we’re wearing matching flannel pajamas that make our butts look massive. We eat three different types of takeout, minimum. She’d tell me about Mark Darcy and what his neck smells like. We’d fall asleep on the couch with face masks on, then wake up at three A.M and watch Informercials. We call the number to buy whatever they’re selling- a fancy mop, or chakra-aligning crystals- but our credit cards would be declined. Probably for the best.
What are you working on next?
I’ve signed another two-book contract with HarperCollins which is incredible and I’m so grateful for this chance to live my dream. I’ve wanted to publish a book since I was a kid. I’m working on the first draft of my third book, which I’m glad to say is going much easier- Second Book Syndrome is hard, but it’s survivable.
Thanks so much for sharing with us today!
Thank you Under the Covers!
by Sally Thorne
Released: January 29, 2019
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…
… If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend.
Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts.
Now Darcy’s got three months left to get her life together before her twin insists on selling the tumble-down cottage they inherited from their grandmother. By night, she’s working in a seedy bar, shooting down lame pickups from bikers. By day, she’s sewing underwear for her best friend and wasting her award-winning photography skills on website shots of pens and novelty mugs. She’s enjoying living the messy life, and a glass of wine or ten… until that one night, when she finds a six-foot-six perfect package on her porch.
Tom’s here, he’s bearing power tools—and he’s single for the first time in a decade.
As a house flipper extraordinaire, Tom has been dispatched by Jamie to give the cottage a drastic facelift that will result in a ton of cash. Darcy doesn’t appreciate Tom’s unsentimental approach to knocking down walls, and he really, really doesn’t approve of her current burnout boyfriend. They can’t be in the same room together without sparks flying- and it’s not the faulty wiring. One bedroom wall separates them at night, and even that’s looking flimsy.
Will Tom ever see Darcy as anything other than a little-sister obstacle to get around? And can she stand up to her most formidable opponent—her twin? This time around, she’s determined to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers, and he’s never managed to say no to her yet…
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