Title: Sweet Nothing
Author: Mia Henry
Publisher: December 10, 2013
Elliot Halloran is running away. Away from her privileged Manhattan upbringing and a promising future at business school. Away from her family, which plummeted from A-list to disgraced after her criminal father’s atrocities were exposed. Despite the guilt Elliot feels for abandoning her family, she has no choice. She is too recognizable to live life as the person she has always been. So when an old family friend offers her a position as an economics instructor at Miami’s elite Allford Academy, Elliot jumps at the chance to distance herself from her past. She cuts her hair, changes her name, and vows never to speak of her old life again.Keeping her identity hidden is harder than Elliot expected, especially with a roommate who seems to be on the verge of uncovering her true identity. As she fumbles through the opening chapters of her new life, Elliot encounters an entirely unforeseen obstacle: photography instructor Luke Poulos. Luke is sensitive and spontaneous. An art lover. Smart. Everything Elliot has ever wanted. Luke and Elliot’s connection deepens when she learns that he lost his parents in a car accident when he was a teenager. Like Elliot, Luke understands that life can shatter in an instant.Elliot knows that a relationship with Luke is impossible; that he would never love her if he knew the details of her past. But as she struggles with whether to open herself to love or keep her true self locked away, Elliot learns that she’s not the only one with dark secrets.
Inspiration for Sweet Nothing
Not too long ago, I went to a book reading, and the writer was talking about how his characters just sort of speak to him. He mentioned that he doesn’t even have to think that hard about dialogue. His characters whisper the dialogue in his ear, and he writes it down.
Which seemed a little creepy, on the one hand. Also, AWESOME.
I don’t have creepy awesome characters whispering stories in my ear, so I have to find my inspiration elsewhere. Some of my inspiration for SWEET NOTHING was personal—I grew up in Florida, and moved to a brand new city far from home after college. But the major inspiration for the story—the idea of a main character running from her past—came from a quote. Not a famous quote—just something that a friend of mine said to me once.
She said: “We all bring a life with us. Nobody enters into a relationship without bringing their past.”
So. True. We all have a past; we all have things we wish we hadn’t done, or things we wish hadn’t happened. And from this idea came this wonderfully strong, vulnerable character — Elle Sloane. Elle moves to Miami after her family’s public downfall . She’s trying desperately to escape her past; to get a new start. And when she meets irresistibly sexy Luke Poulos, she tries to resist the attraction. It’s too dangerous to fall in love, if falling in love means exposing her true self. But she soon realizes that it’s true—we all bring a life with us — and she’s not the only one with secrets.
About Mia Henry
Mia Henry adores all things romance, from steamy stories to ugly cry-inducing movies. She lives in Florida, where she dreams up storylines during beach walks with her muse, a ferocious 8-pound pup named Lulu.