There were a million little tiny inspirations, each one of them bullied the novel along, changed and shifted it. I love the big concept, I loved writing a scene on a sinking ship and in a bizarre museum of someone’s own life. I loved playing with the idea of friendships that could turn into more than friendship – in another set of circumstances. So, it’s never just one thing for me, but lots and lots of little fires.
How long did you work on THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME?
I wrote radically different drafts – I mean HUGELY different versions. The idea rattled around for a couple of years, changing each time. None of them felt right until Alicia really took hold in a new way and fell for Jax in his decaying universe… Then that version clicked into place.
What do you hope readers will take away from THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME?
There’s this feeling you have after you’ve made a major decision that changes your life. And, for a while, you’re haunted by the other choice, the other life you’re not living. You know where you would be, who you’d be with, what would be happening. There are a lot of things like that in this book – these real human experiences, like déjà vu, for example, and nostalgia – and in the INFINITY OF YOU AND ME those things are rooted in something that’s explained. Some of the characters have a gift, yes, but in this novel, every one of us creates alternate parallel universes. Some are just more aware of those worlds. I like that concept and that the reader gets invited into it.
ABOUT THE BOOKThe Infinity of You & Me
by J.Q. Coyle
St. Martin's Griffin
What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?
Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Growing up, J.Q. COYLE was a fan of stories. But more than that, a fan of possibilities. So, it only seemed only natural to write a story in which the possibilities are limitless.
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