The Moment My Kid And Her Friend Gave Me An Idea: My daughter and one of her closest friends had recently finished reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Since that was a book I’d loved and read many times growing up, we fell into a conversation about it. It turned out that they were bothered by the same things that had bothered me when I’d read the book: 1) that The Boy Next Door ends up with the wrong March sister and 2) That Thing That Happens To Beth. That’s when it hit me that I could write a novel about a contemporary girl who literally gets sucked into Little Women. Finding herself to be the fifth March sister in 1860s New England, she must change one of those things if she ever hopes to return to her life in the real world. That book would become Little Women and Me.