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5 things that aren't in this book

Movie makers and actors aren't the only ones who get to reveal what happens behind the scenes. Sometimes book blurbs provide only the back story and the book picks up where the blurb left off, so a reader would never know more than what is contained within the pages.

There are so many behind the scenes books available, it's a wonder why things are left out of books and movies. But only so much can go into the final product.

It's obvious then that what isn't included in a book is often as interesting as what is. Here I take a look at five things that aren't featured or explained or included in Little Red Gem.

Welcome to this behind the scenes look at 
Little Red Gem

1. What happened to Audrey while she was trapped in limbo.

Audrey never tells Ruby what happened while she was trapped in limbo while Ruby took over her astral projection. And because it wasn't relevant to the story, the conversation between Ruby and Audrey while walking from the hollow to the psychic shop is never revealed. Audrey will get her chance to tell all soon in her very own novella.

2. The location of Providence. 

It is never mentioned in which country or state this fictional town is situated. It was developed purely to suit the story line, nor is it based on any photos of any town. This town felt as if it was born from the gold rush with its Victorian buildings and woodland surroundings. It has  two main roads that lead off to the neighboring town and to the woods, and it has a landscape that is possibly geographically impossible, but I don't care. Let the movie makers worry about finding a town that fits the descriptions in the book if it ever comes to that.

3. Sex.

The story is based around 17 year old Ruby and what happens inside her head when she discovers she is pregnant. Growing up the product of a broken home, she begins to analyse everything - her life, her boyfriend, her future. But nowhere in the book does she and Leo actually have sex. This is because a) it is a young adult fiction novel and there are boundaries I dare not cross, and b) Ruby's pregnancy is what is known in movies as "the inciting incident", i.e without this incident there is no story. So the story really isn't about Ruby being pregnant, but how she changes her views and actions when something hugely profound happens to her.

4. The song William sings the first night he meets Ruby.

In the afterword, I explain how two of the songs have music set to the lyrics, "Side of the Road"  and "A Million Miles" but what I don't tell you is that the song William sings the first night he meets Ruby was originally a poem I wrote in order to set the tone of autumn for when I was writing Feedback, a novel in which the Santa Ana winds play an important role. I needed to have the wind as a constant reminder throughout the novel, so each day I would read through the poem to get the feel of the wind. This is the first time this poem is published.

5. Reach For The Stars.

No doubt readers might be able to guess that the talent show Ruby enters to communicate with Leo, Reach For The Stars, is based on reality TV shows such as X-Factor and Idol. The talent show comes to Providence to hold auditions and Ruby and her two friends enter and win with the song "A Million Miles". These auditions are held in a shopping mall, instead of a giant auditorium, because it suits the book. Providence is a small town and it would have seemed weird to have a giant auditorium as the venue for a talent show. Is there an actual show called Reach For The Stars? Not that I can tell. There is a video game, though it is space based.

I really enjoyed sharing these five behind the scenes secrets with you. Let's see if I can find any more.



D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

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