Book Three in the Shy Town Girls series is in the works! The third volume will be through the eyes of fashionable Eloise Stewart, although you might know her better as Ella.
The narrator may be new, but you’ll find that you’re already familiar with the author for the next book. Jennifer Yih, the writer who brought you Book One and created Bobbie Bertucci, will pen the third installment of Shy Town Girls.
So how does someone sit down to create a whole new character after she breathed life into someone else in that literary universe? For Jen, it’s all about examining different parts of herself. Bobbie is a product of a beautiful and exciting time in the author’s life.
“Talking about Bobbie and Ella almost sounds like I’m talking about two old friends,” Jen explains. “These are girls that Katie, Melissa, and I created out of thin air just a little over one year ago. I’m so proud of who Bobbie’s character became. I started writing Book One during one of the happiest times of my life—I was just starting my senior year of college, embarking on a new budding relationship, and writing my first novel. This happiness definitely shined through Bobbie’s character, as she stepped from dark times to new-found possibilities and romancing due to the help of her friends.”
It’s been almost a year since the first novel debuted and even longer than that since Jen created Bobbie with her co-authors. Since that time, the young writer has graduated from college, moved to Hawaii, and started a fulltime job. She has matured as a person and as a writer, facing more challenges as an adult, and it is these challenges that will help her channel another part of herself into Ella.
“Bobbie, accurately, is a part of me and always will be, but I think it’s safe to say that everyone, not just me, is multi-faceted,” she says. “With these dual, tri, quad personalities, I discover new sides of myself almost constantly. With that being said, I think Ella’s character will be one to amplify a side that may be more difficult to face than Bobbie’s character. We’ve all coined Ella as the most awkward, introverted, and painfully self-critical character, the girl who needs a big push from her friends to step out of her comfort zone. I think Ella’s character most accurately puts the shy in ‘Shy Town Girls,’ and if I could muster the brain power to explore a side of myself that’s overly self-critical and worried about the ‘what if’s’ in life I can meet halfway with Ella.”
Stay tuned for more from Jen about creating Ella and hints as to what’s coming in Book Three! What do you want to see from Ella?