In my behind the scenes post on Somewhere Only We Know’s setting, I wrote about how the clearing in the forest’s inspiration came from a classroom rather than nature. Even so, nature has a huge role in my book. Like Frankie, I feel closer to God in nature, and so when I was trying to … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Trees
I recently got the chance to do an awesome interview with my publisher, GenZ Publishing, and they just put it up on their website. If you'd like to get another behind the scenes look at my debut novel, check it out! I talk about everything from my writing process and my favorite authors to Somewhere … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: My Interview with GenZ Publishing
Here are some fun facts about the making of my debut novel, Somewhere Only We Know: I usually refer to my books by their acronyms, both when taking notes and when talking about them with my husband. Somewhere Only We Know—which was a long title to begin with—became SOWK, which I pronounce “soak.” The book … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Fun Facts
Today is my blog’s first anniversary! On May 31st of last year, I published my first post about reading the Selection series and how meeting Kiera Cass helped me to finally write and publish my first novel. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like blogging. Writers learn to write in other’s voices. We … Continue reading My Blog Turns 1!
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
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
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