Bittersweet Junction by Ivy Sinclair
Publication date: 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Best friends once, lovers never, yet an attraction that can’t be ignored.
Five years ago, Julia Bell walked away from her life the moment her high school diploma was in her hand. She left her family and friends behind to start over and escape the chokehold of small town life in Benton Hill. But an urgent call from her little sister brings Julia back to her hometown wholly unprepared for what awaits her.
Ben Miller was always the nice guy. Just before high school graduation, he stepped out of that role hoping to capture the heart of the woman he loved. Instead, in quick succession he lost the girl, and the future he worked so hard to achieve.
Even though Julia and Ben are drawn to each other, echoes of the past block them at every turn. Secrets are exposed, and reality needs to be dealt with if they can ever hope to move past the bittersweet junction that ripped them apart.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Fate gives two former best friends a second chance at romance, if they overcome old misunderstandings and deceit.
Give a quick blurb about the book and why readers would enjoy it.
Bittersweet Junction picks up with the main characters, Julia Belle and Ben Miller, five years after high school graduation. Julia left the small town of Benton Hill right after graduation because she was faced with some grown-up kind of decisions that she couldn’t make. Ben, one of Julia’s childhood best friends, was left confused and hurt after her departure. Julia’s sister Clary lures Julia back to Benton Hill under false pretenses, and that’s when Julia realizes it’s impossible to outrun the past.
I think what readers will enjoy most about this story is the way that Julia and Ben eventually overcome the obstacles in their path to have a shot at their happy ending. I found it very satisfying to write, and I believe that will resonate with readers.
How did you come up with the idea for Bittersweet Junction?
I’ve had several ideas for stories that revolve around the idea of a five year high school reunion. The idea for Bittersweet Junction started there, although in the end, there is no actual high school reunion in the book. That wouldn’t have been a good enough reason to drag Julia back to Benton Hill.
If Bittersweet Junction were made into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?
I’ve thought a lot about this. I could see Emma Roberts playing Julia and Chris Pine, with his gorgeous blue eyes, would make the perfect Ben. Emily Browning would play Julia’s little sister Clary, and Max Thieriot would round out the casting as Mike.
ABOUT YOU AS A WRITER:
When did you begin writing?
I started writing the summer between sixth and seventh grade. I kept all of my teenage angst in a journal and experimented with poetry as well. I think that helped me start finding my writing voice.
When did you first think, wow I have made it as a writer?
My senior year of high school I won a state newspaper award for a piece of hard hitting journalism in the school paper. It was an article on how a teacher in a local junior high had gotten in trouble for showing an R-rated movie in the classroom. The day I received my award, I knew that writing was part of my life’s journey.
Do you have any special rituals you do when you sit down to write?
I usually have an idea of how many words or chapters that I want to get written that particular writing session. It helps to have a goal because I am easily distracted.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers out there?
Take an active interest in reading about what’s going on in the publishing industry today so that you can make informed decisions about your writing destiny. The landscape of publishing is changing faster than anyone could have imagined, and it affects all of us.
I am digging orange right now. I have an orange purse, loads of orange tops, and even my toenails are orange at the moment.
Salty or Sweet?
I am 50/50 on that. My favorite snack right now is a handful almonds mixed with a handful of dark chocolate chips.
Stephen King. I can’t think of another author out there who has influenced me and my writing as much as he has, and I have enjoyed almost every single book he’s written.
I still remember discovering Intensity by Dean Koontz. It seriously blew my mind and scared me to death (which I love in a good book btw.)
Regular or decaf?
Regular, fully loaded. Coffee is my friend. :)
Swimming in the ocean or a pool?
I’m not a swimmer at all, but I do enjoy splashing in the ocean.
Candles or spray air fresheners?
I always have a candle burning in my office when I write.
Do you have a green thumb for plants?
No. The only success I’ve had with plants are ones that can grow and thrive despite the fact that I forget they’re there and don’t water them for two weeks.
Do you like feather pillow or foam?
I have a foam pillow right now. Pillows are tricky- a bad one has such an impact on getting a good night’s sleep.
What do you collect? Trinkets? Books? Gadgets?
I am a gadget girl. I am definitely an early adopter when it comes to technology.
Coke or Pepsi?
I can go either way on the regular stuff, but I definitely prefer diet Coke over diet Pepsi.
Tell us about the first story you ever wrote and how old you were.
I was twelve the first time I remember trying my hand at fiction. The story was about two sisters who were trapped in their house as it was shifting in time between the present, and a disturbing event in the past. Of course, some ghosts came to visit as well.
Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the country?
I live in a suburb of Minneapolis. I feel like that’s a nice balance. I have access to all the city has to offer, but live in a neighborhood with wetlands and lots of greenery.
Who is your favorite actor?
Robert Downey Jr. or Ryan Reynolds. I can’t choose between them.
What is your favorite movie?
We own more than 500 movies- we’re big movie buffs so it’s hard to pick just one. Gone with the Wind has inspired a lot of trends in my writing though.
Do you play an instrument? If so what?
I’ve played the flute and the French horn in my time. I wasn’t very good at either one.
Besides writing what other artistic talents, do you have?
I’m a singer from way back. In school I was in choir, show choir, and always participated in the school musicals. Now I settle for karaoke nights at one of our local dive bars.
What was your first job?
I started delivering newspapers when I was fourteen. I did some babysitting as well.
Have you ever gone to work wearing house shoes?
Only when I’m working from home. :)