Hear about the writing process straight from her! Read below about how her sixth book written is finally her debut, and how the dead body she saw as a kid changed her forever.
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It’s common for writers to get asked where they get their story ideas. It’s different for every writer of course, but for me, I tend to build my fiction around an event. The event can be of a personal nature, or it can be something I’ve read or heard about. THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD just happens to be of a personal nature.
When I was nine or ten years old, a young teenage boy had drowned at a lake where my grandmother owned a cabin. I’d watched them drag the lake for several days before they’d finally pulled his body onto the beach. The tragedy of that day has never left me. It was the first dead body I ever saw.
It was this event that sparked the idea for SECRETS. Written in five characters’ points of view, the two most prominent being Caroline and her mother, Jo, the novel explores the destructive power of secrets not only within a family unit, but also within a community.
SECRETS is the sixth novel I’ve written, but the first to be published. I had to write several novels before I could look at my stories as a whole and say: This is where I get my ideas, and this is how my process works. If I’m really excited about the event, setting, and characters, I know it’s something I should write.
Q: What about you? Where do you get your ideas from? And how do you know which ones have legs so to speak?