I’m honored to be here and excited to connect with our readers. It’s a few months prior to my August release, and the setting isn’t technically historical. However, it’s set on Mackinac Island, a place where cars are not allowed, so the ambience feels quaint and historical.
This is a story I love to tell. I was with my children at a play place on Halloween Day in 2012 when my phone rang. My agent was on the other end of the line. She didn’t take long before cutting to the chase and asking me if I could finish this vacation getaway book by June 1st. When I said I could, she said I’d just sold it to Abingdon’s Quilts of Love line. It took me about two seconds to remind her there were no quilts in that book. She told me that didn’t matter, as she added in a quilt to the synopsis. Now, all I had to do was write it into the story.
Historical fiction requires so much research. What’s the most interesting (or unusual, or funny) thing you’ve done in the name of research for a book?
For my first series set in historic New Castle, Delaware, it was a blessing to have that town basically untouched since Colonial times. In fact, that town was originally supposed to be what Colonial Williamsburg is today, but the residents and business owners didn’t want all that tourism, so they turned down the offer. Still, walking cobblestone streets and stepping into buildings that were present nearly 300 years ago can give you goose bumps and make you stand in awe when you imagine what those hallowed walls have seen in all those years.
Visitors, come back tomorrow for Amber’s answer to this and other questions. And don’t forget to leave a comment answering her question for your chance to win one of her books. Here it is again: