Author Chat with Rachel Lynn Solomon (Today Tonight Tomorrow) Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Rachael Lynn Solomon author of
Today Tonight Tomorrow.
Read on for more about Rachael and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Rachel Lynn Solomon!
Rachel Lynn Solomon is the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Our Year of Maybe, and Today Tonight Tomorrow. She is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, her tiny dog, tap dancing, old movies, red lipstick, and books with flawed, complicated characters. Learn more at RachelSolomonBooks.com
Meet Today Tonight Tomorrow!
The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The inspiration hit me in two bursts a few years apart. The first spark was Before Sunrise, a movie where two characters meet on a train and spend a day together in Vienna, exploring the city and falling in love. The power of it is in the dialogue and the connection between the characters—there really isn’t a lot of action. It’s one of my favorite movies, and when I watched it for the first time about seven years ago, I sort of pocketed the idea of writing a book that was primarily two characters talking for most of it.
The second burst, oddly enough, was a movie from the same director, Richard Linklater. Dazed and Confused was a movie I’d never seen but seemed like a significant piece of pop culture, and while plenty didn’t hold up when I watched it for the first time in 2017, I loved how it captured all the nostalgia and excitement of the last day of senior year. That was when Today Tonight Tomorrow really solidified in my head: I wanted to write an updated Dazed and Confused, but with the kind of love story in Before Sunrise.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Maybe it’s too easy to say the protagonist, Rowan, but I filled her with so many of my own insecurities and fears that made her arc so cathartic for me. Rowan wants to write romance novels, a dream she keeps secret because of the way the people around her (and sadly, a lot of society) tend to judge. She tucks away this part of her identity because she’d rather be palatable to her friends and family, and I think this is something many women and girls do too often. It’s something I did well into my twenties. Media marketed toward women and teens is constantly viewed as lesser, and I hate to see it dismissed. Today Tonight Tomorrow is a romance, but it’s also about having the confidence to embrace what you love without shame, which Rowan gains over the course of the book.
I also love the way Rowan navigates the slow-burn, rivals-to-lovers romance with Neil. It’s clear to the reader early on that she has feelings for him—she thinks about him to the point of obsession, routinely overanalyzes aspects of his appearance, and even texts him first thing in the morning most days. She’s so focused on despising him that she’s never allowed any other emotion to peek through. Her gradual realization that she may actually love him, the way their interactions start to feel heavier, each word and each touch signifying so much more…those were my favorite parts to write.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
This book was a rare experience in that the title and concept came to me at the same time! I’ve never had that happen with a book before—all my other titles have either changed or been suggested by someone else. It’s quite a literal title, and while at first it was a placeholder, I love the way it inspired the cover art…which segues perfectly into the next question!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I ADORE this cover. It tells the whole story: two people who dislike each other eventually realize they have feelings for each other. And the graduation gowns in the third image combined with the title tell the reader exactly what the timeline is. My favorite thing is the clothing: the illustrations match up with what Rowan and Neil wearing at different points in the book, and I was so overwhelmed with joy when I saw it in my inbox for the first time.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?’
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, The Marriage Game by Sara Desai, Recommended for You by Laura Silverman
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I can’t stop thinking about A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey, which comes out in October. It’s a stunning YA romance about a Miami teen sent to a tiny English town for the summer to heal from grief. The main character is a baker who falls for a teashop clerk, and the descriptions of food are criminally mouthwatering.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
My first adult book, The Ex Talk, a romantic comedy set in the world of public radio, comes out in February 2021! I’m excited to be exploring another category alongside YA. I have a 2021 YA as well: a romcom about a teen wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a cater-waiter who’s a diehard romantic forced to work the same weddings over the course of the summer. The main character’s parents are wedding planners, and my research, which including a wedding expo with a lot of free cake, was tons of fun.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: drafting or revising?
Revising! I draft very quickly—my first drafts are more like extremely detailed outlines. They’re messy, but all they need to do is exist so that I have a book-shaped foundation to build on. When I revise, I savor it—lingering in each scene, playing with words, getting to know my characters and the world I’ve made for them.
Today Tonight Tomorrow
By: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: July 14th, 2020
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