Seven Days with You
by Hugo Driscoll
GENRE: YA Romance
Sean Johnson’s life as a small-town farmhand has been nothing but predictable, but when he meets Sophia Hillingdon at the local animal sanctuary, she gets him out of an eighteen-year rut, away from the mundane existence on the farm, and a grieving, drunken father.
Sophia is the first person who understands him and makes him believe that he might get out of their small town, who tells him, he has the potential to be whoever he wants to be and do whatever he wants to do.
But as their relationship unfolds, it is the most devastating of news that will change both of them forever.
I hadn’t been anywhere, but my mind had been everywhere. That’s how I felt that summer. Or more precisely, that’s how Sophia had made me feel by the time summer neared its conclusion. The months of July and August had followed identical patterns to June in that we rarely spent a day apart. We rode with Violet across the Suffolk countryside, sometimes for miles on end, often stopping by at local pubs. Then it would be Saturday. That was the best day of all for there was no work on Sunday, which meant dancing with Tom and Jessica until our bodies could no longer stand. We drank, we laughed, and most nights after, we made love as we tip-toed up the stairs of my father’s house. I was obsessed with everything about her. Yes, Sophia Hillingdon, the girl I’d known for barely a few months was the girl I now wanted to spend the rest of my life with. And though we often drove each other crazy, we soon laughed and made up as if nothing happened. It often puzzled me as to why Sophia found our fights so amusing seconds after we were hot from the exertion of spouting obscenities at each other. Red-faced, she’d often say, “You drive me mad Sean. But, you know something? That’s just how I like it.”
“Why?” I’d ask.
“Us,” she would say. “I love how angry you make me because…. Well, I’m obsessed with you… even our arguments sound oddly beautiful.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hugo Driscoll is a 25-year- old British journalist and content writer for an online publication in London.
When he's not working, you can usually find him writing in the basements of cafes or lamenting the unfair treatment of millennials in overcrowded London bars.
You can also find Hugo on Twitter, Facebook, and his personal blog, which he updates regularly.
Seven Days with You is his first novel.
INTERVIEW with Hugo Driscoll
What is something you’ve lied about?
I regularly lie to my friends and make up excuses as to why I’m running late. I think they’ve cottoned on by now though.
Who is the last person you hugged?
My mum ☺
What are you reading now?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
I try not to title them with fancy names. I like to entitle stories that let the reader know what the story is about and little else if I’m being honest!
Share your dream cast for your book.
Good question! I’ve long thought that Jack O’Connell and Emma Watson would make the perfect Sean and Sophia. Admittedly, O’Connell has a bit of a tough side to him, whereas Sean is quite shy and sweet-natured but I think Jack could certainly play that role, and Emma is pretty much a living embodiment of Sophia in the sense that she’s a high-achiever with this awe-inspiring self-belief.
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