What was the inspiration for your story?
I always write best when I feel emotional, so I chose the poignant topic of grief and healing, choosing a teenage girl to explore how to overcome difficult feelings of loss, guilt and fear. Lingering Echoes also touches on family relationships and the concept of falling in love. There are parts of these themes that come from my own thoughts and life experiences from when I was young.
What kept you going throughout the writing process?
Feedback! My two sisters read every word of my first draft from start to finish. After each chapter, they’d share what they loved about it or parts that could use some work. Having my sisters at my side the entire journey helped my writing thrive! Then, when I’d hit a wall or needed help with details, my husband was the best sounding board, offering unique and fresh ideas that would send me spiraling into another chapter.
Who is your most meaningful character and why?
It’s hard for me to describe why Damien is my most meaningful character without giving away some key elements to the story! Just know there is a depth to Damien that isn’t revealed until you are ever-so-close to finishing the book. = ) So you better get reading to find out what I mean!
Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
I am working on a novella that will hopefully come to fruition soon. It will act a prequel to Lingering Echoes, giving greater insight into Allie’s life the year before Lingering Echoes takes place. The reader will encounter a couple supporting characters again, as well.
How has this story touched your life?
When I started writing Lingering Echoes, the story gravitated to the greater theme of grief and loss. I finished the first draft in 2009, right before my first child was born. Unfortunately, just as I started researching how to get published, my son died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when he was just under five-months-old. I spent the summer after his death throwing myself into the publishing process (desperately needing something to focus on other than my pain), and found myself exploring how similarly and different my main character and I responded to grief. Editing my manuscript over the years proved to be quite cathartic as I reviewed the healing process take place in my main character at the same time that I was experiencing it.
What motivated you to start writing?
I’ve enjoyed writing since I was a child, professing in my elementary years that I wanted to grow up and be an author. However, as I grew up, I didn’t put serious thought into fulfilling that dream. Then in 2008 when the economy crashed, I lost my job and had extra time on my hands! As a result, I started to write a few scenes just for fun, pulling from a descriptive, poetic piece I had written during boredom in a college class. My sisters started reading it, and they were the initial motivation I needed to keep writing the story into a book!
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