Jake and Aiden have been best friends—and nothing more—since the age of six. Now 22-year-old college graduates, they take a road trip around the USA, visiting every state in 100 days.
As they start their cross-country odyssey, Jake and Aiden think they have their journey and their futures mapped out. But the road has a funny way of changing course.
Fifty states. Two boys. One love story.
Mimsy Hale has been a contributing ghostwriter to several bestselling nonfiction books. She is also an established writer in online fan communities, where her stories have hundreds of thousands of reads. 100 Days is her first novel. She lives in Suffolk, England, with her roommate and four cats.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/themimsyhale
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Front cover concept by Abbi Lawson
Cover design by Buckeyegrrl Designs
Where did the inspiration come from for your book?
Just as Jake and Aiden visits so many different places in 100 Days, the inspiration for the novel itself came from everywhere. It was my love of travel and pop culture, my deep and abiding adoration of the US, but most of all, I think I can really trace it back to one thing: I wanted to tell a story within a “snapshot” period of two peoples' lives. I wanted to take a limited time frame and expand an entire relationship within it, to see what would happen to the characters both separately and together.
Where is the best place you've visited?
Without a doubt, Anastasia Beach in St. Augustine, FL. I'm a Pisces, so I'm always at home when I'm near the water, but there's something about that beach. I took a notebook and pen, a towel and a bottle of water, and I sat on the sand writing for about two hours. In fact, I was writing the Iowa scenes at the time! I remember writing the very last line of Iowa, setting my pen down and looking up at the sky, streaked all different colours in the sunset... I've never felt more like I was exactly where I was meant to be at that moment.
Are your characters based on real people or are they completely fictional?
A couple of the supporting characters are based on real people—April in particular is an amalgamation of a few very awesome ladies I'm lucky to have in my life. Jake and Aiden, however, are completely fictional. I borrowed aspects of their appearances, and maybe a mannerism or two, from real people, but I'm happy to say that I was wandering in their universe and they found me, almost completely fully formed.
What is your normal writing routine?
Whenever the mood takes me! I'm the worst kind of procrastinator—whatever I'm meant to be doing, I'm usually doing something else. If I'm sitting at work, half of my mind is usually off on another jaunt around the universes in my head. If I'm supposed to be writing, I can more often than not be found scrolling Tumblr or Buzzfeed. But when I really set my mind to it, I will set all of my stuff up on my desk or in my writing chair, make sure I'm as comfortable as possible and won't need to get up again any time soon, and type for hours.
What are you working on next?
I'm in the process of getting ready to start something new. Now that 100 Days is out in the world, while for readers the journey is just beginning, I feel like I can finally close the chapter and bid my boys a fond farewell. I'm toying around with a few ideas that I've been world-building for, and I think I'm getting close to making a commitment to one of them—a dystopian future in which soul mates are determined by genetics and happiness is hazardous to your health. Wish me luck!
Because anything really could happen, couldn’t it? What if what happened in Philadelphia wasn’t a total mistake, but simply the prelude to Jake finally listening to what his instincts have been telling him for weeks? What if, what if, what if…
“What are you doing? Come see this!” Aiden calls out.
Jake takes a deep breath and steps out of the shadows. Aiden is silhouetted against the fading sun, the light picking out the auburn in his hair, and as he stretches his arms up over his head, one finger hooked through the woven bracelet he bought earlier, he grins out at the horizon. Jake feels as if he’s watching Aiden through brand new eyes; he knows that there is rescue in those arms. Suddenly he wants to fall into them and hold on until he feels safe.
Aiden turns away from the vista, pushes his sunglasses up on top of his head and looks down at Jake, his eyes sparkling with warmth and light. He leans forward and holds out his hand, and he looks… beautiful.
Pages or Words: 346 pages
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