An Unforgettable Wish
by Alexandra Potter
This summer my new book, Don’t You Forget About Me, is being published and I’m really excited. I’m also more than a little bit nervous.
It’s been two years since my last book was out and this new book means a lot to me. It’s the culmination of months at my laptop, watching the seed of an idea grow and take shape, of creating plots and characters that came alive (so much so that I often found myself walking down the street having conversations with them), of going on a rollercoaster of a journey that can be as terrifying as it’s exhilarating.
But let’s rewind for a moment. Back to the beginning. Back to New Year’s Eve 2009. I was at a party, drinking champagne, and feeling pretty miserable. I’d recently broken up with my boyfriend and was nursing a broken heart. All my friends were telling me to move on but I couldn’t forget about him.
As midnight approached everyone at the party was given a pen and paper and told to write a list of all the things we wanted to leave behind us in the old year and not carry into the new year. The superstition being that if you throw it into the fire, all those things on the list will be erased; be it bad habits, money worries or whatever. On the flipside, anything that you do wish for will be taken into the new year on the sparks from the flames.
Immediately I scribbled down all my feelings for my boyfriend. All the heartache, sadness and regret, and as I threw it into the fire and watched it catch light I couldn’t help wishing I’d never met him.
And I suddenly thought, ‘wow, imagine if that really came true? If I really had never met him.’
It was the spark of an idea, and one that became my new book. Because this is exactly what happens to my character, Tess. Drunk and upset on New Year’s Eve she wishes she’d never met her ex-boyfriend. But when she wakes up to discover this dream has come true, she realises she has a chance. To do it all over again. And to get it right this time…
Like Tess, I think we’ve all wanted to do-over a relationship. To have a second chance at love. So many of us blame ourselves when a relationship doesn’t work out: Maybe I was too needy – or came on too strong – or wasn’t good enough – or thin enough … There are a million different reasons. And too many times people they feel need to change who they really are in order to find love.
I wanted everyone reading this book to realise that’s not true. If someone loves you, they love you warts and all. The good bits and the bad bits. Because that’s what makes you, you.
Unique. Special. And unforgettable.
Don’t You Forget About Me.
Trust me when I say this ladies, the right guy never will.