“A little bit of summer is what the whole year’s all about.” – John Mayer

As a former teacher, I will always be on an academic schedule. That’s just the way it is. Behaviors become ingrained. Rituals like shopping for back-to-school supplies remain a part of my life even though I’m no longer going back to school. Now that I’m a full-time author, the beginning of fall means the beginning of a new book. I started writing the first draft of my ninth book today. First drafts are the hardest part of the writing process for me. This time around is even harder.

The new book I’m writing is the first book of a trilogy, which you can read a bit about here. Writing a series is a new experience for me. I’m really excited to follow the adventures of these characters for three books. Especially their boy adventures. Of course there will be lots of intense boy adventures. I’m a romance writer. That’s how I do.

You may be wondering if I’m romantic in real life or if I just play a romantic on TV. I’m happy to report that I am very romantic. Most of the boy adventures I write about in my books were either inspired by my own experiences or are scenarios I wish I’d experienced for real. So you can imagine how happy I was when I met my BF/soul mate. He’s like a boy right out of my books. This photo of us taken last week on my roof even looks like it could be one of my book covers:

Matt Huntington and Susane Colasanti, photo by Jayd Jackson

Can I just say that Jayd Jackson is the best photographer ever? Look how well she brings the soul mate connection to life. Jayd shot my last three book covers and is now my official photographer. Like searching for a soul mate, when you find what you’re looking for, you just know. You can check out Jayd’s gorgeous work on her website.

I love this photo for so many reasons. One is definitely the sunglow. I have synesthesia. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which certain sensory pathways overlap or intersect. Some letters and numbers are strongly associated with specific colors to me. Days of the week all have specific colors too. Monday is red. Tuesday is yellow. Wednesday is blue. Those days have always been those colors for as long as I can remember. My friend Laila also has synesthesia. We used to argue in college about what color Wednesday is.

John Mayer has synesthesia. He sees music as colors. That’s what makes his musical sound so overwhelming. (Yeah, I just have to take a second here to say that John Mayer is still singing the soundtrack of my life. Dear Marie? Twelve years later and JM still knows my everything.) John Mayer would understand about the sunglow. My mind associates the sunglow with feelings of nostalgia, hope, and peace that are beyond words. Which is why I’m so happy to share this photo with you. It speaks for itself.

Capturing that moment with my BF/soul mate in the sunglow. That New York City summer moment up on the roof is what my whole year’s all about.

10 thoughts on “sunglow

  1. The picture is just absolutely beautiful and I’m so happy you’ve found your BF/soulmate 🙂 It’s abundantly clear looking at this picture how much you mean to each other ❤

  2. Thank you so much for the plugging and compliments. Your love for each other is what makes the picture beautiful. I’m so happy for you both! I love being a part of your hopeless romanticism – it’s why we also get along so well! You are the best and good luck writing the trilogy!

  3. Susane! This picture is breathtaking. No kidding.
    I think Wednesday should be neutral, or white. No reason 😛

    I’m really happy for you.
    P.S. Keep Holding On was great. It makes you want to believe and fall in love all over again. ❤

  4. Very pretty! And I so know what you mean by “academic schedule”. I’m currently a teacher and have been since 2004, when I graduated from teachers college. So basically I’ve never known a schedule that didn’t involve summers being “off” and September being the real beginning of the year. A friend and I joke about that, and every Labor Day he emails me “Happy New Year!”

    • I was actually just talking to a professor friend of mine who said something about next year. I thought he meant starting in January. He was like, “No, next academic year.” So I guess I’m mentally switching gears. That only took six years!

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