A novel by Ginger Scott
Published: February 25, 2014
It takes a while to know who you really are. And when you lose your way, sometimes it’s hard to find it again.
Charlie Hudson was on the verge of figuring that out when her dad—the only parent and friend she ever had—died suddenly. She was barely 18, and she was alone. So she went for easy—playing life safe, running away from a home that harbored nothing but bad memories and challenges and loving a man who would take her away from it all forever.
It’s funny how chance takes over when you need it most. And that’s exactly what brought Cody Carmichael into her life. A former motocross super star, Cody was now happy to be living the blue collar life, spending his days finishing up school and his nights under the hood of some classic car, just trying to keep everything his father taught him alive. Cody and Charlie were living parallel lives, until they finally collided. And the moment he smiled at her, Charlie knew he was the one who would change everything. But was she willing to take the risk?
Cody saw through it all. He saw her—all of her. But would letting him in be too much to take? And if Charlie let herself love him—really love him—could he love her back?
Interview with Author Ginger Scott
Hi Ginger. Thanks so much for being here today.
1. Where did you get your idea for Blindness, and is it a stand alone, or will it be part of a series?
Cody, my male lead, came to me first. I dreamt him up when I was finishing Waiting on the Sidelines. There was just something appealing about someone with certain imperfections, a physical injury that made him weak but a beautiful inside that made him strong. I also love the journey of finding out who you really are, and I wanted to see what happened when you put two people together—one who is sure of himself and one who is going through life pretending she’s okay. Their story grew from there.
When I began writing Blindness, the intent was to have it live as a stand-alone. But as I got deeper into it, I started to see a bigger story and a lot of possibilities. I like my stories to have a feeling of completeness—an end, if you will—so Blindness can be read with a satisfying beginning, middle and end. But I think there will likely be a revisiting of these characters in the not-too-distant future. There’s more of Cody and Charlie’s story for sure.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about Charlie and Cody?
I’d love to!
Let’s start with Charlie. Charlie’s on autopilot, cruising through life checking off boxes of things she thinks she’s supposed to do, be and have. Her childhood was not typical, robbed of her youth in many ways. And her only real relationship with a parent was brief—enough to form a scar but not enough to make her whole. She’s living a scared life because its easy, and she’s never had it easy, so easy is very appealing. But she’s also missing out on the whole feeling part of life.
As for Cody…ah, my sweet Cody. He’s the guy who puts his friends first. He’s a thrill-seeker, which is what drew him into motocross in the first place, but his knack for taking risks has also left him broken (both physically and emotionally). He loves deeply, but not often. And once he’s made his mind up about someone, he’s tough to convince otherwise. When he meets Charlie, he hears all of the warning signs in his head, but he also sees this common thread that he can’t ignore—and he just can’t seem to stay away.
3. How did you come up with the title? (I have to say I absolutely love the cover).
I love the cover, too! Thank you!
The title is a little shout-out to Jack White. I think he’s a bit of a genius, and his cover of Love Is Blindness pretty much sums up the feelings of this book, so it seemed fitting.
4. What is your favorite scene or quote from Blindness that you can share with us?
There’s this tiny moment, when Charlie is waiting for Cody to meet her for coffee. She’s letting herself give in to her attraction to him, maybe just a little, and so is he. During their interaction, this small shift occurs, where something friendly crosses the line, and he holds her hand…a little longer than he should. I can see that whole thing play out in my head, and I LOVE IT!
My favorite line is a little later, during a scene where Charlie is comparing Cody to her father.
“You don’t have to worry, though. I made a friend,” I say, my heart racing with panic that Cody won’t stay to hear the rest, which makes me speak louder and faster.
“You’d actually like him a lot—probably more than Trevor,” I admit, unable to stop the smile on my face knowing exactly how much my dad would love Cody. “I only know him a little, but I’m getting to know him more. I try to make him smile. His eyes crinkle when he smiles— just like yours.”
I’m a daddy’s girl, and my dad pretty much walks on water. So the thought of drawing such a dramatic comparison, of saying such a brave compliment out loud, just gets me—every time I proofed this I had to read it twice.
5. I am also a huge fan of your Waiting on the Sidelines Series. Out of all your books, which character has been your favorite to write and which has been your most challenging?
This one’s easy. I love Buck. I want him to be real so badly that I can hardly stand it. For those that might not know, Buck Johnson is Reed’s dad in the Waiting series. He’s a good ole boy, but he’s also got this wisdom—he says these things that you don’t think a man like him should say. And he’s never wrong. Ever! And you want to be his friend, get invited to his house, and never disappoint him.
My most challenging was Trevor, Charlie’s boyfriend in Blindness. I can’t give away why completely, but let’s just say I walked a line with Trevor—a very thin, narrow, careful line. One wrong step would send this story in the wrong direction.
6. Can you tell us three things about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
I can sing a mean country tune. Patsy Cline is a fav.
I think Lloyd Dobbler blows Jake Ryan out of the water.
I actually watch golf on TV…on purpose…and I have favorites I root for.
7. If you had to sum up Blindness in a tweet, what would it say?
Sometimes the best parts of life hurt a little during the journey, but truly loving and being loved is worth every battle wound.
8. Do you have an all-time favorite book?
This is always so hard to answer. Judy Blume’s Forever had a huge impact on my reading habits as a young girl, and probably inspired my writing desire to a large extent. But my favorite book is actually a work of non-fiction. Before there was a movie or a television show, Friday Night Lights was the best piece of sports journalism I ever read. An ASU professor assigned it as a way to look at race relations and socioeconomics in the south. And it changed my life. I loved the show and movie it inspired, but for entirely different reasons. Texas high school football has a mystique that fascinates me, and this book captured every ounce of it.
9. What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?
I have a few chapters done on a new project that will be a stand-alone. It’s a deeply personal story that means more to me than anything else I’ve ever written. I should be able to share details this summer. I’ve also got a book full of notes on more Charlie and Cody, and I think I will probably be paying them another visit soon.
Complete the sentence:
I have never: met a Christian Bale movie I didn’t like.
I always: put my boys first (both the big guy and the little guy).
I love: writing, and I can’t think of another thing on this planet that I’d rather spend my day doing.
I hate: the Yankees.
Thanks so much for stopping by Ginger. It was great talking with you.
Cody is still next to me, his grip on my hand once again strong, but his body is stiff. I’m rewinding mentally, realizing just how far I went. Shit! I said way too much! I don’t even know what I’m doing here. This all suddenly feels way too intimate—wrong. My pulse is speeding up the more I think about what Trevor would think if he saw me, saw this—saw us!