Today we’re celebrating the release of In My Dreams,
first book in the Manning Family Reunion series.
|Let me tell you how I got the idea for this novel!|
It came from the son of our neighbors across the street. Sean would hang out with us when he was in grade school and forgot his house key, and was the chamer at all our neighborhood get-togethers. He grew up to serve two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and met his wife when he was home on leave to serve as Best Man at his older brother's wedding. Allison was the bride's cousin and her Maid of Honor. How Harlequin is that? I'm not really sure how the substance of the story came to me, except that - as we all know - you can chase plot forever and be blank, then one day a brick falls on your head and tells you everything.
In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say?
Will you bring me flowers for the rest of my life?
How long did it take you to write? In total, with revisions, about three and half months.
What is your favorite scene? The opening scene - Jack's dream about the day the Humvee he was driving hit an IED. Sean sat with me on my living room sofa and told me the story. He has a gift for knowing what the writer needs and remembered everything in vivid detail - all senses involved.
Who was your favorite character and why? Jack Palmer, my hero, because he grew up to be a good man despite a horrible childhood and separation from his two younger sisters, whom he is determined to find again.
If you could pick fictional characters to play the hero and heroine, who would they be? Fans of the Halmark Channel will know Antonio Cupo, and Andrea Roth, also from romance movies.
Tell us one thing you learned during research. The unspeakable things our soldiers deal with. I said to Sean that it was so sad that our lives went on as usual at home. He replied, "That's all right. That's what we're fighting for." Do you believe that generosity?
What music would match the mood of this novel? I never play music because it stops me from hearing the voices. But something just appropriate to the book and my hero would be that Toby Keith song, "American Soldier."
This is your 92nd book. Exactly what does that mean to you? That I'm still in the game, and that's thrilling.
What do you plan to work on next? The second book in the series, 'To Love and Protect' comes out in July and I'm about to begin the third book. I gave myself the month of December off and have loved it.
What are you reading for pleasure right now? "The Garden Intrigue" by Luaren Willig. It's a Regency Period intrigue that's funny and clever The New York Times calls her "Jane Austen for the modern girl." (We're still 'girls,' aren't we?)