Reed and Nolan’s story continues in "Going Long," sequel to "Waiting on the Sidelines."
‘Going Long’ and All Grown Up
by Ginger Scott
Coming back to Reed and Nolan was like the world’s greatest high school reunion—if you had a 2 ½-year reunion…and truly wanted to see everyone at the party.
Honestly, as much as I miss characters when I finish reading a book, I missed them even more when I put the last period in place in ‘Waiting on the Sidelines.’ I think it took me about 24 hours after writing ‘The End’ to realize where Reed and Nolan’s story needed to go next. And when I realized there was demand from readers to take it there, I was giddy with excitement!
Then it hit me: I had to age a set of characters that are as real to me as my own family from one major milestone in life to the next. I had grown used to the high school voices of Nolan and Reed (the immaturity, selfishness and insecurities). The differences between high school and college are as great as kindergarten and junior high—you go from a sheltered life where you have rules, parents, structure and expectations to one where you’re in charge of your own destiny and where the decisions you make put you on a path that, with one wrong turn, can be hard to correct. I had to remind myself that my high school friends had outgrown their adolescence but were still finding their way in the adult world.
I knew I had a lot of readers who identified with Nolan, and I’m proud to say that those readers span from 13 to 65. So I wanted to take them on this journey responsibly—but without pulling any punches. I think a reason people connect with Nolan so well is the reality of the situations she faces, and the way she’s able to come out the other side still whole. But doing that, in real life, isn’t always easy, and I wanted to capture Nolan’s struggle in ‘Going Long.’
The challenges Nolan faces are very real. They are pressures and situations my friends have faced, that many of my readers have probably faced, and that many of my younger readers will confront as they transition from teenager to adult. What I hope they learn from Nolan, just like with ‘Waiting on the Sidelines,’ is that a strong circle of friends is maybe one of the most precious things in life. And holding onto those friends during a time when life is simply changing—and changing fast—is hard. But if you put up a good fight, you exponentially up your chances for a happily ever after.
You can see my review of Waiting on the Sidelines (Book One) here.
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