Today we’re celebrating Syndi Powell's release of "Risk of Falling".
But the children dealing with their parents as they age and die came from my real life. I've been in Will's shoes where I found out my parent was seriously ill and not knowing what to do, but I also identify with Suzy because my father died and we were left with his house and his stuff. A lot of the emotions these characters went through came from my own personal life.
In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say?
Just hold me until I know I can stand on my own two feet.
How long did it take you to write?
I've been writing this story for about two years off and on. When I sat down and actually devoted my time to it, it took about two months.
What is your favorite scene?
I have many, but writing the wedding of Rick and Lizzie from my first book was really special.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It's hard to pick a favorite, but Suzy holds a special place in my heart. I wanted her to be strong yet vulnerable, funny yet tender. I wanted to make her the kind of woman I always try to be.
If you could pick fictional characters to play the hero and heroine, who would they be?
For Will, I pictured Daniel Craig and Suzy was inspired by the looks of Kate Winslet, but the sense of humor of Melissa McCarthy.
Tell us one thing you learned during research.
Most hoarders don't see themselves as having too much stuff. They hold on to things for a variety of reasons, but it comes down to control. They think if they can hold on to everything, then life will be okay.
What music would match the mood of this novel?
The song that I played as Will and Suzy's love song was Rihanna's "We Found Love". She talks about finding love in a hopeless place, and that's where my characters were living. They couldn't see out of their situations, but found each other in their pain and hurt.
This is your second book. Exactly what does that mean to you?
I love my first book because it was my first, but this one holds more personal meaning to me. A lot of me and my emotions are on those pages and in those characters. It grew out of a very private place, and I hope to touch readers who are facing those same situations.
What do you plan to work on next?
I'm currently working on a two book series about two sisters who inherit their grandmother's bakery. Can't wait to do that research!!!
What are you reading for pleasure right now?
Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" for about the 5th (maybe 6th?) time. The love story of Jamie and Claire hooks me every time!