Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Books Frankie Reads

One of my favorite things about Frankie Worthington, the main character of my novel Somewhere Only We Know, is that she’s a reader. Like me, her mother instilled a lifelong love of books in Frankie when she was a young girl, taking her to the library often and getting lots of books into her hands. … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Books Frankie Reads

This Week: Dayton Book Expo!

I just wanted to remind everyone that the Dayton Book Expo is this Saturday, April 29th! Come on Saturday to check out this amazing event for book lovers. There’s going to be almost a hundred authors there signing books. There’s also going to be panel discussions and a Kidz Zone, and local author Sharon Short … Continue reading This Week: Dayton Book Expo!

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Writing a New Story

Before signing my name on copies of Somewhere Only We Know, I first write a phrase that captures one of the main messages of the book: “Write a New Story.” Somewhere Only We Know attempts to tackle the very difficult subject of abuse. The book features four girls who experience different kinds of abuse—emotional, physical, … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Writing a New Story

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Capitalization

When I started writing Somewhere Only We Know, without making the conscious decision to do it, I made all of the first-person narrator’s pronouns lowercase (i, me, my). Frankie, the narrator, is a very young girl and has already been abused for several months when the book begins. Because of her youth and the fact … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Capitalization

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Susan’s Scene

Want some more Somewhere Only We Know? Here's an extra scene from the novel, told from Susan's point of view. I hope you enjoy it! SPOILER ALERT: This scene takes place near the halfway point of the book and contains a major spoiler if you haven't read the book yet. I bought the test yesterday. So … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Susan’s Scene

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Title

There were two sources of inspiration that floated around in my head for a long time before I got around to writing Somewhere Only We Know. The first was the nightmare I wrote about here that gave me the initial conflict of the novel. The second was the song “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane. I … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Title

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Cover

I’m pretty picky about book covers. And even though the phrase is “don’t judge a book by its cover,” I know I’m not the only person who does judge books based on their covers. The cover of a book is your first impression of it. The cover gives you an idea of what’s inside. It … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Cover

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Setting

The setting of a story is so much more than just where the story takes place. If done well, setting can help create the mood and tone of the story and can even act as a character itself. Setting is not just the physical space in which the story takes place, but the time period … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Setting