Randi Black is visiting us today and she is going to talk to us about the future of Miss World. Scroll to the bottom for the giveaways!
The Future of Miss World
My favorite part of Miss World is all the way at the end of the book. No, not the
last two chapters, but the excerpt to her sequel, Two Sides of the Beast. I take great
pleasure in flipping all the way to the end just so I can make sure it’s there. It’s my
favorite part of the book because it truly signifies the end of an era, and gives me
something to look forward to.
I deliberately ended Miss World on what could possibly be considered a sour note.
Trying to figure out how many times I rewrote it will only make me sit here with a dumb
look on my face while I keep shaking my head. But during my last year of editing, the
dark side of Walter, Kim’s boyfriend, began to emerge. That was when I realized the
story wasn’t exactly over, and wanted to end the first part in a blaze of glory.
What I enjoy the most about writing Two Sides of the Beast is that I get to hang
out with a very different Kim than the one you encountered in Miss World. She’s 18, and
a little wiser. No longer the chubby girl who tries to compensate for feeling unloved. Nor
does she feel any remorse for settling the score with certain people. What she really
wants is to leave her life behind and start college, and that includes attempting to break
her engagement with Walter on the day she moves to the dorms. Especially after he’s
gotten physically violent with her and she suspects he’s been cheating with someone who
modeled for the new incarnation of Sassy magazine (oh, how blasphemous!). Too bad it
But on the day she moves to the dorms, she meets someone new. He isn’t pale and
skinny, and stovepipes and dyed black hair would look wrong on him. He’s the kind of
guy she never would’ve given a second glance in high school. At first, she uses him to
get back at Walter, but the more they get to know each other, the more they realize they
have in common and they fall madly in love. But it’s difficult for her to move on
completely when Walter’s slowly losing it and she can’t shake off her guilt.
With Two Side of the Beast, I want to go beyond the ubiquitous love-triangle and
explore what happens when you and your high school sweetheart are on the outs, and you
meet someone new. And how your true love might not look like how you imagined he
would. The premise sounds more mellow than her predecessor and for the most part,
it is. After the seven years I spent writing Miss World, I welcome a world that isn’t as
violent. But just because I’ve cut down on the violence doesn’t mean I’m cutting down
on the sex. Oh, fuck no. There’s a whole lot of that going on, but my favorite part is that
Kim gets a second chance at pursuing her musical aspirations. It excites me so much that
I’ll be incorporating song lyrics into the text. It’s so much easier for me to sing these
days. I’ve even taken my guitar out of its case after who knows how long, and it’s staring
at me from across the room. It took me seven volatile years to write Miss World, just so I
could do these things. It was worth it.
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