#WIPpet Wednesday - Goth of Christmas Past - To Be a BFE #amwriting #lgbtqia

WIPpet numbers for 3rd January, 2018:
3 paragraphs from Chapter 3 (which happens on 1st December) from Goth of Christmas Past

WIPpet Context:
I’m still snipping Goth of Christmas Past which is finally taking shape.

This week, I’m switching from Krissi to Jay—the other main character. They’re the two people pictured on the cover (the magificent work of Emma Pickering). Here’s the blurb for further context:
Black hair and band hoodies had a lot to answer for.

That day, eleven years ago, when Gothboy mooched into their business studies class for the very first time, Krissi had taken one look at him and thought, What a freak. He’s so cool!

Now in their mid-twenties, Krissi Johansson and Jay Meyer are successful businesspeople and still best friends. But while one of them is moving forward with their life, the other is sliding ever backwards…revisiting the past and wallowing in regret.

Worse still, it’s Christmas—happy joy joy everywhere! Yay. >.<
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And here’s the snippet:
The year they’d turned twenty-one, Jay had been away at uni. It was only when he’d come home for Krissi’s birthday party that he’d discovered she’d done what she’d been threatening to do for five years. She’d finally asked about her biological father. Her mum had always been up front and said she didn’t know who he was, but she’d given Krissi her blessing—that was overstating it a bit—to try to hunt him down. The fallout had been epic, and regardless of what he said to Krissi’s face, Jay thought it probably had caused the breakdown of her parents’ marriage.

He’d known them almost as long as he’d known Krissi, and he liked them. They were good people, totally in love—the kind of couple he’d always imagined being together forever, and when one died, the other would throw themselves down on their grave and pine to death or take poison so they could reunite in the afterlife. When Krissi told Jay they were separating, it had come as a serious shock, and he was secretly devastated. If Mr. and Mrs. Johansson couldn’t make it work, there was no hope for anyone else.

So he understood why Krissi had taken it so hard, but he also got why she’d needed to know who her ‘real’ dad was. It was one of the many confidences they’d shared when they first became friends, and one of the few things they had in common. Not that Jay had known about his parents back then, but he’d always felt something was off, like a piece of his life was locked in a trunk, waiting until he came of age, though he doubted his parents would have willingly told him if it hadn’t been for that stupidly massive inheritance.
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Thanks for reading
Deb x


  1. Ooh, now that is intriguing. I think I'm going to like getting to know Jay better. Love the distinction between his private thoughts and what he actually says to Krissi.

    1. I always thought he was probably a nice guy (because Shaunna likes him ;) ), but it's great getting to know him properly. Isn't it amazing how these characters can be there on the sidelines and we don't know them until we take the time to do so? Bit like flesh-and-blood people.

  2. Whoa... um, there is some serious deep dark secret that needs to be dealt with here, isn't there? And what happened between Krissi's parents?! Dang it! I want to know.

    1. Yep, there is. As for Krissi's parents...that's a whole other story (literally), but it'll be in this novel too. :)

  3. I like the look in Jay's head. I have liked the little bit I've seen of him in the series so far. Be good to get to know him better. :)

  4. This is very intriguing. Lots of secrets lurking, so I am looking forward to more.


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