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Hello Again!

Hello, friends! I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. Right after the holidays I moved my family to another city and have spent the past two months trying to unpack and get my kids settled in new schools and making new friends. It’s been more of a challenge than I anticipated! But things are running a little more smoothly now, allowing me time to pop in her to give a quick update on a few things.

 

Thing #1: Great news from abroad! Edenbrooke and Blackmoore are both published in Spanish and French. They are beautiful! And Edenbrooke won the Dama Prize 2014 for the best historical romance! I was also invited by my Spanish publishers to visit their lovely country this summer. Oooh, I am so tempted! I am itching for another trip abroad.

 

Thing #2: The question of the year: am I writing something new? The answer: yes and no. I am in the dreaming stage of my next story. The writing stage will come next, and soon, but it will take me a while. By “a while” I mean close to a year, most likely. And then probably another year to get it published. So I’m sorry to all of you who are clamoring for another story soon! I hope you’ll be patient with me as I put my family first and try to figure out writing with five kids, including the cutest baby on earth who is crawling all over the place and saying “mama” and loving to be with me. I would love it if you would continue to share my books with friends and family. THANK YOU to all of you who have made them more successful than I ever dreamed they could be.

 

Thing #3: The Edenbrooke jewelry is in danger of being discontinued, so if you had it in mind to buy a piece or two, you might want to do it relatively soon. I have links to the jeweler’s store on my store page.

 

Thing #4: Are you a writer? Do you dream of being published? I highly recommend the LDStorymaker’s Writers Conference, which can be found here. It’s held in Provo, Utah on May 15th and 16th. I will be in attendance as a student and am so excited by the authors they will have this year, including a YA author I really look up to, Martine Leavitt. I bought my tickets this year JUST to attend one of her workshops. She is phenomenally talented.

 

Now before I sign out, I’m curious to know: if you could ask me to write a story about anything or anywhere, what would it be?

The World of Your Story

When I was in the middle of writing Edenbrooke, I said to my husband Fred, “Wouldn’t it be terrific if we could go to England someday? So that I could actually SEE the places I’m writing about?”


That question turned into a burning desire to GO. TO. ENGLAND. Right then. And luckily for me, I have a very supportive husband who said, “Let’s make it happen for you.”


And so it came to pass that in July 2007 I flew to England. My friend Jaime met me over there, and we spent five adventurous days driving ourselves around the English countryside. That trip changed my life, and it definitely made my book come alive for me.


But what if you can’t take a trip to the world your story is set in? Or what if you’ve made up your world? I recommend finding pictures that represent your setting. Print them and post them where you write, like on a bulletin board. Or set your favorite picture as your desktop wallpaper. Have you heard of Pinterest? Go look on there for pictures of the world of your story and create your own digital pin board.


It will help you when you write your scenes to be able to ground them in real places. And for me, it helps me get immersed in that world when I’m transitioning from my full-time job of mother and homemaker to my part-time job of writer.


Here are some of the pictures I used for inspiration when I wrote Edenbrooke.

The Royal Crescent in Bath, where my story starts.


A bridge at Wilton House, which is an estate I loosely based Edenbrooke on.
A Regency era dress.

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