Welcome to my post today to celebrate the release of The Only Exception by Magan Vernon.
Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor son, Trey Chapman.
No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.
A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.
Interview with Magan
What inspired you to write The Only Exception?
For the past few years I’ve wanted to write a book with a conservative guy and liberal girl,
but just couldn’t come up with a plot, so I put it aside. During the presidential election an episode
of NEW GIRL aired in which Schmidt pretended to be the imaginary sixth son of Mitt Romney,
Thugg and some girls that used to be part of their local college Republican chapter. That got my
wheels turning and I thought about a conservative governor’s son going to college and what it
would be like for someone with the opposite views living next door to him. Trey Chapman was
Is this a stand alone or will there be a sequel?
This is a planned stand alone. I have been working on a companion novel with the
character’s two best friends, but there are no current plans to continue on with the story at this
If you had to cast the characters in a movie, who would play them?
Always one of my favorite questions. For Trey it would be a mixture of Max Greenfield and
Colton Haynes (if somehow science could make them have a baby. For Monica, Emma Stone
has that spunkiness yet vulnerability. For John Boy, wrestler The Miz is the first person to come
to mind. For Monica’s best friend Melanie, Emmy Rossum is the closest I’ve found. And I have
to admit that Trey’s dad, the governor, was inspired by a certain governor and former Republican
presidential candidate from MA.
Did you plot this novel out or write from the hip?
A little bit of both. I actually wrote the first half on my computer and sent to my Alpha
reader and then I wasn’t sure what I wanted to happen in the middle so I wrote the last half on
my iPad since that was what was in my head. It eventually all worked together.
What books do you have coming out next?
I’m due with my second child at the end of April, so I’m trying not to plan too much, but
I do have the sequel to my New Adult title, My Paper Heart, coming out this summer titled On
Paper Wings. It continues Libby and Blaine’s story and will focus more on her eating disorder
and his commitment issues. After that I’d really like to get out a companion novel to The Only
Exception about Melanie and John Boy.
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.
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