Recalling Romantic Gestures – D. G. Driver
When was in high school I read too many books, saw too many movies, and I was probably in too many plays. My world and imagination was full of romantic notions. My bedroom was at the front of my house at the end of a cul-de-sac street. I often wished that some handsome boy would come up my driveway and tap pebbles at my window to get my attention. Then he would, somehow, climb up to my window like Romeo to talk to me or to help me escape for a night of adventure and romance.
This was all very silly, I’m sure. But over time, some boys I knew did actually do romantic things for me. I had one boy who used to bring me a fresh rose from his garden every single day. I finally brought a little plastic cup to school, so I could keep the flowers fresh in water on my desks. Another boy sat in my lawn in a lawn chair waiting for me to come out of my house so he could surprise me and ask me on a date. I got asked to senior prom over the digital announcement board in the cafeteria where everyone could see it. Later, in my early twenties, one boyfriend bought me a subscription of wine to be delivered to my house once a month. Another guy came over and made one of the most delicious dinners I’ve ever had. When I was dating a guy who was often on tour with shows, he wrote letters to me every single day and sent them by mail.
And there’s the thing. Love letters in the mail. There’s really nothing like it. Teenagers don’t get anything in the mail at all, unless they’ve ordered something from Amazon or Etsy. Older than that and all you get are bills and ads. A letter from a lover creates a thrill that you simply can’t get from an email or a text. I know every time I have ever gotten a letter, I’ve read it over and over. I memorized them. I’ve only read emails over again to make sure I didn’t skip anything.
And so I came up with this idea for a story. A teenage boy, who is a lost cause when it comes to waxing romantic through his cell phone, is desperate to win the affection of a smart, well-spoken, well-read girl. What can he possibly do to impress her? Well, what if someone taught him how to write a great love letter? To make it perfect, he’d have to learn to write in cursive and he’d have to send it through the regular mail. And who would teach him such a thing? It would have to be someone who has never used texting, Facebook messaging, or email to send a letter. How about a ghost?
That is the basis for my romantic novella Passing Notes.You’d have to read it to find out why a ghost is helping Mark write these letters. Who is this ghost? And, above all, will it work?
If you were (or are) a hopeless romantic like me, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy this sweet, nostalgic little story.
Passing Notes blurb:
Mark has finally gotten the attention of the girl of his dreams. Only, his lame attempts at romance through texts and emails seem to be turning her off. When he gets put in the back of the room in an over-full class at school, he begins to discover old notes giving advice about how to write a great love letter. At first he thinks he’s stumbled on some long-forgotten notes passed in class ages ago, but every time he reads them they seem directed specifically to him. They also appear at the perfect moment each time he needs more advice. It’s like someone is haunting him. How do the notes keep appearing? Who’s writing them? Why?
And if Mark follows the ghostly writer’s advice, will he win Bethany’s love?
D. G. Driver is a member of SCBWI and lives in Nashville. She sold her first story 20 years ago and is amazed at how fast time has flown since then. As Donna Getzinger, she has had several critically acclaimed and award-winning nonfiction books published . In 2014 she changed her name to D. G. Driver and had her first young adult novel, Cry of the Sea, published by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books. She also had a story published in the pirate anthology A Tall Ship, A Star, and Plunder. Passing Notes is her 2nd book with Fire and Ice, and later this year her middle grade novel No One Needed to Know will be published by Schoolwide Inc.
Publisher’s website: www.fireandiceya.com/authors/dgdriver/passingnotes.html
My web site: www.dgdriver.com