Oh, man! This is tough! I guess it depends on the day. I love the Christian fiction section, and I always make it there. But I also love to check out what’s new in YA and general literature. I usually do a stroll through the whole store if I can.
Favorite place to write: Usually at a coffee shop or restaurant. I like to write while I’m getting dinner or during my lunch break at work.
Go-to writing snack or drink: Diet Dr. Pepper is ALWAYS my drink of choice. 🙂
What does your writing nook look like? I have a comfy writing chair in my library, but it’s recently been overrun by moose. But when I clear it out, it’s the perfect writing nook.
Something you must do or have to write: The right keyboard. I’m very particular about the keyboard on my computer, so if I have the wrong one, I just can’t seem to get words down and have to handwrite them.
Favorite (doesn’t that word just make you cringe?) writer resource: The Emotion Thesaurus by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman.
What book is currently on your nightstand? Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischoff and The Story of With by Allen Arnold and Story by Robert McKee (along with about 40 others).
Hard copy, e-reader, audio book: All of the above, and usually at the same time. I do love a good audio book for a road trip. And my general impatience makes getting books on my e-reader as soon as they release a delight.
What was the inspiration behind A Sparkle of Silver? My dad and I visited Hearst Castle in California, and I was fascinated by the opulence of the estate. I mean, who needs gold-plated swimming pool tiles? But Hearst had them. They also didn’t seem to make him very happy. And I started thinking about what it would look like for an outsider to that kind of wealth staying in a home like that.
Favorite part of writing A Sparkle of Silver: Discovering the ending! I had a loose idea of how it would end, but right up until I wrote it, I didn’t know who Millie’s great-grandfather was. She searches the whole book for her true family, and I didn’t know until I wrote the words who it was going to be. It was a fun moment of discovery.
Hardest part of writing A Sparkle of Silver: Finding the right language for a journal from 1929. I was constantly checking words and researching contractions to see if they were commonly used during that time period.
If A Sparkle of Silver was turned into a movie, who would you cast as the leads? I always envisioned Ben—the history professor—as Tom Hiddleston and Millie—the weary waitress/actress—as Elizabeth Olsen.
What is next? I’m working on revisions for the follow up book, A Glitter of Gold, which should release next summer. I’m also working on what I affectionately call my “super-secret project,” which I hope to release soon too.
About the Story:
Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan’s great-grandmother was a guest at banker Howard Dawkins’ palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests that there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie’s great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage–and the fortune that might be hers. When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate’s private library, he threatens to have her fired. But her story seems almost too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up . . .