One of my favorite things about Frankie Worthington, the main character of my novel Somewhere Only We Know, is that she’s a reader. Like me, her mother instilled a lifelong love of books in Frankie when she was a young girl, taking her to the library often and getting lots of books into her hands. … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Books Frankie Reads
I just wanted to remind everyone that the Dayton Book Expo is this Saturday, April 29th! Come on Saturday to check out this amazing event for book lovers. There’s going to be almost a hundred authors there signing books. There’s also going to be panel discussions and a Kidz Zone, and local author Sharon Short … Continue reading This Week: Dayton Book Expo!
Before signing my name on copies of Somewhere Only We Know, I first write a phrase that captures one of the main messages of the book: “Write a New Story.” Somewhere Only We Know attempts to tackle the very difficult subject of abuse. The book features four girls who experience different kinds of abuse—emotional, physical, … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Writing a New Story
I’ve been working on a way to combine two of my passions—writing and jewelry-making—and I am so excited to announce that I will now be selling Hope Bracelets! I’ve been making jewelry since I was twelve years old. I love all of the colorful beads and the peaceful calm I get when I’m making patters … Continue reading Hope Bracelets
When I started writing Somewhere Only We Know, without making the conscious decision to do it, I made all of the first-person narrator’s pronouns lowercase (i, me, my). Frankie, the narrator, is a very young girl and has already been abused for several months when the book begins. Because of her youth and the fact … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Capitalization
Want some more Somewhere Only We Know? Here's an extra scene from the novel, told from Susan's point of view. I hope you enjoy it! SPOILER ALERT: This scene takes place near the halfway point of the book and contains a major spoiler if you haven't read the book yet. I bought the test yesterday. So … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Susan’s Scene
There were two sources of inspiration that floated around in my head for a long time before I got around to writing Somewhere Only We Know. The first was the nightmare I wrote about here that gave me the initial conflict of the novel. The second was the song “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane. I … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Title