- You cry every time a soppy love song comes on the radio.
- You burst into tears during any scene in any movie when the male and female love interests finally kiss.
- You can’t walk past another couple without sighing.
- You can’t stop thinking about the person you are in love with.
- When you eat an apple you wonder if he/she is eating an apple.
- You dress to impress.
- You infuriate your friends by talking nonstop about this person.
- You stalk the object of your desire from close by, from afar, even from cyberspace.
- You mope around for all to see.
- When somebody suggests you ask somebody else out, you sigh and say, “you don’t understand”.
- You buy gifts that are tucked away into a secret drawer and you take them out during full moons.
- You have a hidden room filled with photos and, if you are really sneaky, other memorabilia.
- You use magic spells that involve candles and strands of hair.
- You feel as if every minute you are near this person is pure torture.
- You think he/she will love you back if they’d only give you the chance.
- You think that nobody understands what you are going through.
The heart rules when it comes to love and it's no wonder there are countless books, movies, songs and websites devoted to unrequited love. Tragedy and love is what makes the world spin, so it makes sense that when you put the two together you have a far better story than simply “boy meets girl and they fall in love”.
When I began writing “Little Red Gem” my aim was to write the most beautiful love story I could. I know I've done some stupid things in the name of love, and so I put my character through some stupid things too. And then I pushed her further.
Writers love writing about good love and bad love, but we prefer to write happy endings. However, I found I couldn't write the sugary sweet happily ever after fairy tale ending because that's not how I wrote Ruby Parker's personality. She is a strong and independent 17 year old and no way could I have her cast her personality aside as she made her final decision. So I didn't. I gave her the ever after she deserved.