When We Were Sisters came out of a question. How would my life change if I almost lost it? I liked the idea, one I’d explored in another book–want to guess which one? But this time I wanted to take the idea a step further. What if I was safe because of a decision I’d made, but someone I loved paid the price instead?
The idea grew and changed over the years until this book was born. Along the way I had the privilege of listening to Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward present five lectures at Chautauqua Institution on the making of their stellar documentaries. I knew then I wanted to use a documentary film as the background for my novel.
Many things grew out of this novel, including more than a few blogs. As I wrote I kept my readers informed of my progress or lack of it in posts I called The Writing Process 2015. Ever wonder what goes into a book? That’ll teach you for asking.
Ever wonder how a cover is created? Instead of “stock art” the art department at Mira Books decided to do a real cover shoot for this book. Read my thoughts on covers in general, on this one, and then see some candid behind the scenes candid photos of that day from someone who was there.
For even more visual treats, visit the Pinterest board I created as I considered my story and did research.
And last, but certainly not least for me, I created a playlist of songs that represented the story in many different ways and explained why I chose them. If you want to skip right to the playlist, you’ll find that, too, with commentary at the top. Since the playlist is on YouTube you can enjoy the songs without the videos or watch the videos right along with them.
I had so much fun with these special ways of presenting my story to my readers. I hope you’ll enjoy them.