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State Of The Trout: I FINISHED A BOOK AND I’M GOING TO TALK AT YOU ABOUT IT.

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GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! Well, at least, good news for me. After a horrible six or so months of constant stress and a serious mental health crisis, I finally managed to finish a book! I did it! Let me show you the cover!

The cover of Where We Land is yellow, with "Abigail Barnette" above the title and a little cartoon of a ginger dude in a hoodie and stocking cap playing guitar to a brown-haired white girl in a ringer tee and jeans. Pink hearts float between them.

I started writing this…oh, god knows when I started. I had such high hopes for it. I planned to release it in March, but since then, various circumstances have made writing difficult to painful to impossible. And my heart hurt, because I love, love, love this book. But between a severe breakdown, legal trouble stress, and people constantly talking about New Adult in the past-tense, I started to think I should abandon it and move on to something else.

But I didn’t. Because I love this little love story. I really do. I love that it’s not about two people in college with their whole futures ahead of them, but two non-students stranded in a college town, feeling like their lives are passing them by. I love that it’s friends-to-lovers, “oh my god, they were roommates,” and features the most beta, cinnamon roll hero I’ve ever written. I love that they’re just two people trying to get by, who worry about money, who work multiple thankless jobs (he’s a CNA at a nursing home, she works in a head shop and a cafe), who don’t get much time off and who are both terrible at dating. I love that there’s nothing glamorous about them. I. Just. Love. Daniel and Lauren.

I’ll have an excerpt and release date soon. In the meantime, here’s a Spotify playlist of songs that inspired me while I wrote Where We Land (and whose artists, labels, mothers, dog walkers, etc. are in no way affiliated with the book in any official capacity or endorsement).

Thanks, everyone for being patient with me so far this year as content on the blog has been spotty and my release schedule has been slow. I appreciate and love you guys and I can’t wait to be able to share Where We Land with all of you!

EDITED TO ADD: I totally forgot one of my other favorite parts about this book: it’s set in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where I spent my post-high school/non-college/what am I doing with my life? days. I also shamelessly resurrected Boogie’s, a coffee shop that sadly closed years ago but which was the scene of so many of my own pivotal moments in early adulthood. That’s what you get to do when you’re a writer; you get to bring stuff back from the dead!

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14 Comments

  1. Tom H
    Tom H

    Mazel tov!

    April 4, 2019
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  2. Jamie
    Jamie

    Can I just say I love, love, love that cover art! Cannot wait for this book to release!

    April 4, 2019
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  3. Pansy Petal
    Pansy Petal

    This sounds so fun. I look forward to reading it.

    April 4, 2019
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  4. Raz
    Raz

    Congrats Jenny! I absolutely can’t wait to read it!

    April 4, 2019
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  5. Crystal
    Crystal

    Looking forward to reading this book.

    April 4, 2019
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  6. Ariel
    Ariel

    Yeeeessssssss!!!!!

    I’ve been anticipating the release of this book ever since I read your tweet about a WIP featuring sweet, kind, ginger hero who is not an alpha. It was akin to a breath of cool air entering a room during summer in a house with no air conditioning.

    We need more beta romantic heroes, stat! Intravenously! Using a giant “Pulp Fiction” needle!

    I’m so glad you were able to finish this work despite all that life threw at you, Jenny. You are truly a heroine of my heart. I wish I had five percent of your wit and talent. 🙂

    TL:DR

    Shut up and take my money!

    April 4, 2019
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    • Pre-Successful Indie (now with less misquoting)
      Pre-Successful Indie (now with less misquoting)

      Seconded! I want to believe that there’s plenty of room in the world for all those alphas AS WELL AS non-alphas and everything in between. The market is what it is and all, I get it, but it’s nice to see a bone thrown once in a while to a different style.

      April 5, 2019
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  7. Leebeenz
    Leebeenz

    I can’t wait to read this! As much as I loved The Boss etc, this sounds like the type of story I am gravitating towards at the moment. I just love your writing. ☺

    April 4, 2019
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  8. Sheri Hux
    Sheri Hux

    You’re such an amazing woman to go through so much and STILL get your book done! Can’t wait for your book to come out!

    April 6, 2019
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  9. Sheri H
    Sheri H

    You’re such an amazing woman to go through so much and STILL get your book done! Can’t wait for your book to come out!

    April 6, 2019
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  10. melissa binns
    melissa binns

    Sounds great! Especially for a Kalamazoo person who was in her 20S in the 90s. Except that Boogies was a record store…

    April 10, 2019
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    • Jenny Trout
      Jenny Trout

      And then briefly the headquarters of the local democratic party. God, remember when the record store closed? That was all the news for like weeks.

      April 10, 2019
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  11. Casey
    Casey

    I am desperately in love with this already — not only because you’re one of my favorite authors (and not only because it happens to very closely resemble, in generalities, a romantic “ship” that I hold close to my heart) but because you deserve good things, and because you have excellent taste and so if you love it it has to be incredible, and just . . . I don’t know, I’m undercaffeinated so I’ve lost the plot of this comment but the short version is I’m psyched and I can’t wait to throw money at you and get this book in return.

    (I’m also a little jealous that you don’t hate everything you write with a passion that burns with the fire of a thousand suns, but that’s only because I’m incapable of having that kind of satisfaction with my own work. You deserve to love your writing; I just wish I could learn your dark secrets. 🙂 )

    April 11, 2019
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  12. 1) I am so in for this!

    2) We need a new term for what “New Adult” was supposed to be before it turned into whatever it is.

    April 12, 2019
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