by Jay E. Tria
Being invisible can’t be that hard, can it?
It all started with a manga that she can’t put down. Hikaru Saito didn’t think there was anything wrong with burying her nose in her favorite manga, at least until it caused her to fail an important exam. Now her fate rests in the hands of her tyrant tutor, the tall, brooding, golden-haired genius Takeshi Hinata. Tutoring with the most popular boy at school has a lot of setbacks. Good thing the young, handsome teacher Tetsuya Sakuishi is always there to save the day.
Takeshi doesn’t think Hikaru is an idiot, though he may have called her that a few times. She’s just stubborn, and very easily distracted. That new, pretty teacher Tetsuya is one such distraction, and that has to change. Takeshi needs Hikaru to focus on just him—and his tutoring. If only his socialite mother, his imposing father, and a princess-in-hiding would stop getting in the way.
“Beautifully and carefully written. It touched my heart making me fall in love with Takeshi and Hikaru.”
“A great story of young love.”
“I can almost see this being turned into a TV drama.”
CIR: What inspired this book?
TRIA: Have you ever watched a TV series or a movie and found yourself rooting for the guy that wasn’t chosen? That’s me all the time. When the drama is all done and the lead characters get their happily-ever-after, I would be daydreaming about a happy ending for the poor, heartbroken underdog. One time, the daydreams got very long and very vivid, so I decided to put them all down. I created Takeshi, my own beautiful, introverted billionaire, and the story took off from there. But then I also created Tetsuya, so maybe I didn’t really solve anything
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
TRIA: Writing it was fun. Trimming it down was heartbreaking. But it was my fault, because I wrote chapter upon chapter as if I was writing episodes, and I did it without an outline. The first draft was 160k words, and only two people who loved me very much read it and still said they liked it. The final draft turned out less than a third of that, so you can imagine how many scenes and words died in the process. I’ve been writing with a rough outline ever since. Learned my lesson.
CIR: Is there more coming?
TRIA: Readers have been asking for a sequel, and I didn’t really expect that. That was a pleasant surprise. So I will be writing about Tetsuya, and then of course more of Takeshi and Hikaru. The plot bunnies are still tiny babies though, but I’m excited to care for them and see them grow.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will enjoy in this book?
TRIA: Hikaru liked to be invisible, while Takeshi was the standout, and they both didn’t mind their status quo until they found themselves slowly tearing it down. They decided to change their paths and do what they wanted to do, stand up for the things they believe in, and those are acts that required courage. Also they experienced first love in a way that was strong and consuming, but not destructive. I hope readers can relate to those things.
Learn more about Jay E. Tria and her writing at www.jayetria.com