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As Sophia and Jackson find themselves in each other, they start to see redemption is possible. Trying to piece together a new life, they must answer the question: Should they forge a life together and say goodbye to their pasts completely, or should they loyally go their separate ways to avoid heartache?
a coffee shop, on a bus, or in a park. Sometimes they’re planned, but more
often than not they’re completely unexpected. They’re a symbol of unwavering
passion showcased between two people.
magical, memorable, and sometimes life-changing. Frequently, they’re the
turning point in relationships, in love.
writer, I’ve always loved writing scenes about first kisses. There’s just
something inherently beautiful about the first time two characters’ lips meet.
I love the vulnerability and the moment of revelation that can happen in a
first kiss scene.
released now, I’ve been able to explore a lot of first kisses. I’ve written
about first kisses in a wintery park. I’ve written about first kisses by
appetizers at an 80th birthday party. I’ve written about first
kisses that lead to chaos and turmoil at Wildflower Meadows. I’ve written about
first kisses that happen on a park bench, while baking cupcakes, and over a
bucket of popcorn while watching The
written about a lot of first kisses, my favorite first kiss scene so far has to
be the first kiss scene in To Say
to the scene where Sophia and Jackson finally give in to their feelings for
each other. I wanted it to be reflective of who they are—a little bit hesitant
but, once the spark is lit, full of passion.
are two wrecked souls at the beginning of the novel. They’ve both barely
managed to survive immense tragedies in their lives. They’re broken and unsure
of their footing. With each other, though, they’re able to resurrect a piece of
their lives. They’re able to find the shattered pieces of their former selves
and start rebuilding who they are.
quality of their relationship shines through in their first kiss. Sophia and
Jackson’s kiss is honest, genuine, and sweet. It isn’t the overly passionate
kiss of some lovers, but it makes sense for them. It’s unassuming and a bit
humorous in its location. Despite the
pretty unconventional locale of their first kiss, though, it’s a revolutionary
moment for both of them. It’s a huge “aha” moment for the characters and the
meet for the first time, Jackson and Sophia realize they’re perfect for each
other—and I think you will, too.
many more first kiss scenes, but I know Jackson and Sophia’s first kiss will
always hold a special place in my writing heart. There’s something
unequivocally meaningful about a kiss that serves as a salvation for two broken