When You Were Mine is published by Simon & Schuster in the UK and is in all good bookshops now. Thanks to Rebecca for writing this fun post for me!
Hey There, It’s me here, Rebecca Serle. The author of When You Were Mine—a modern re-telling of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of Rosaline, the girl Romeo was supposed to love. Maybe you’ve seen my tagline: “What if the greatest love story ever told was the wrong one?” Challenging Romeo and Juliet? What was I thinking?
A lot of people have been asking me how I came up with the idea for When You Were Mine, and the truth is the book was born out of my own heartbreak—sappy, I know, but we all start somewhere, right? I was completely and totally devastated over a boy. One who had recently, just, forgotten about me for someone else. I was over at my best friend’s apartment and we were talking about love stories. We were watching Bridget Jones’s Diary, too. Do I sound like a cliché? I sure felt like one.
In the midst of my sobbing, Romeo and Juliet came up and with it this question: “Whatever happened to Rosaline?”
I felt like I had stumbled on a buried treasure chest. I started writing the next day.
Rosaline is so much of me. We journeyed together, she and I. Everything she learns in When You Were Mine were lessons I, myself, was learning. I taught her and she taught me. That may sound silly, but if it wasn’t for this book I’d never be here—far on the other side with (hopefully) some perspective to offer.
My one hope for When You Were Mine is that it touches you. I’d like Rosaline to be your friend, if you’ll let her. I know heartbreak is a universal experience—I also know how lonely it can feel. Has anyone ever been in this much pain? I’m here to tell you that yes, they have. I’m also here to tell you that there is life after--- life as a published author, as it turns out. In other words, it gets better. And pretty soon you wake up to find yourself wiser, older, more sure of yourself and your place in this world. And that boy? You can’t remember why you ever cried over him to begin with.
I hope you enjoy the book! And I hope that you’ll stop by and visit me at www.rebeccaserle.com or chat with me on twitter: @RebeccaASerle