This is included in the book, at the very end–a love letter to the joy of rewriting–and getting it right this time.
Poisoned Apple holds a dear place in my heart, because I recreated it from the wreckage of one of my earliest manuscripts I wrote. My earliest works were my exploratory phase where I learned the basics, but trust me when I say, it wasn’t salvageable. I stripped the story down to the barest elements and rewrote everything, from characters to the ending. I wanted Neve to be goth with a bitter attitude and cynicism that stemmed from her bad past. And I changed Brendan around completely, from a sweetheart, to someone damaged as well, because I didn’t think Neve could relate to someone entirely good and whole considering how shattered she began and becomes through the story. The story that bloomed from that old manuscript became so intense for me and one I completely fell in love with. So, here’s to hoping you enjoy reading Poisoned Apple as much as I enjoyed writing it and to other writers out there: writing is never a waste—the important themes and stories will always find a way to surface.