There’s an old adage: write what you know. Well, of all the books I’ve written, Her Sudden Groom, hits closest to home for me.
In many, many ways, I’m a lot like Caroline. One way being that I LOVE science. Love it. Of course, I made Caroline (and Alex, naturally) love the biology aspect of science, but my interest is more in the physical science. And astronomy, of course. But that’s not the only similarity between Her Sudden Groom and my life. Now, I won’t give all my embarrassing stories/secrets but here are some. (Please take note, if you have not yet read the book, this will not give away any big secrets/spoilers.)
like love science!
As I mentioned before, I like science. When I was younger I wanted to be a rocket scientist. And when I say younger, I don’t mean seven or eight. Add a “teen” on the end of that. But alas, aeronautical engineering was not meant to be my future. Instead, I build model rockets with my husband and boys and launch them. Particularly on the fourth of July. Forget fireworks, we shoot up patriotic rockets.
Space huh? Know anything about lunar eclipses?
Admittedly not much. However, as it happened, one took place while I was writing this book! How fortunate for me, right? It was very unfortunate for my husband, however. At midnight, I woke him up to go outside with me and shiver side by side (sorry, not one in front of the other *wink, wink*) while watching our first lunar eclipse. Very fun. About 3 a.m. it was over and my husband got to rest for two hours before getting up to go to work! (And who says I don’t do any research?!)
Research? Any other type of “special” research for this book?
Yep. I finally gave into my husband’s pleadings and bought a croquet, or pall mall, set so we could play! Just like in the book, we’ve only played once. This is where I’m more like Alex than Caroline, though. I’d played that infuriatingly difficult game before. He hadn’t. I lost by a long shot. He won. Winner’s luck, I tell you.
And finally, the one that strikes closest to home…
How did I come up with such an unusual plot?
My husband once conducted an “experiment” to get a girl. And that girl was… you guessed it. Me. I am nowhere near kidding! We met our senior year in high school and at first everything was okay, but then he started acting weird. Very weird. So after a few months, I confronted him and after being pressured he finally admitted he was “conducting an experiment” to capture my interest. What an infuriating man. All he had to do was ask me on a date, I would have gladly accepted. But no. He had turn it into some sort of a scientific study. By then, his little “experiment” had backfired on him and it took months before I’d have anything to do with him again… And when I did, I conducted an “experiment” of my own and it only took only a matter of months (three) to snag him as a husband!