If you didn’t know, I adore Honey Girl with my entire heart. It was probably my favorite romance read of 2020. So when I was asked if I wanted to ask Rogers some questions regarding Honey Girl I jumped! If you’ve been eyeing this gorgeous book, please take the leap now. And if you want more fuel, then check out this Q&A!
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.
This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.
In New York, she’s able to ignore all the annoying questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.
The friendship group in HONEY GIRL was one of my favorite elements in the story. How did the voices of these side characters come to you? Did you always know their backgrounds and histories?
The side characters came really naturally. I didn’t know ahead of time that some of them would even exist! But they kind of sprung fully formed from my head like Zeus and Athena, and then my job was to figure out how they interacted within the group and their world.
Space is a huge theme in HONEY GIRL, did you ever have any space aspirations? Did you have to do a lot of space research and, if so, were there any facts you wanted to include but didn’t?
I think space is the coolest thing ever. It was a toss-up between if I would write about space or the ocean, and I think they both kind of snuck in there. I did not have to do a lot of research, but all of the cool things I discovered, I was lucky enough to be able to stick most of them in the book. There was one fact that was scrapped from the final version, which is that there are 100 mirrors on the moon, left there by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.
Did you always know the title was going to be HONEY GIRL? Can you talk us through the evolution of your title if not?
I don’t remember what the initial title was, but it was something very space-themed. My agent Holly said it made the book seem a little sci-fi as we were going on submission, and so I came up with HONEY GIRL because it is Yuki’s little name for Grace.
About the Author
Morgan Rogers is a queer black millennial. She writes books for queer girls that are looking for their place in the world. She lives in Maryland and has a Shih Tzu named Nico and a cat named Grace that she would love to write into a story one day. HONEY GIRL is her debut novel.