Everyone recovered from the holidays?
I have to admit. I took an unintentional break for a month. You know what? I’m glad I did. My kids are little and making Thanksgiving and Christmas big holidays for them is absolutely one of the best parts of being a mom. I enjoyed each and every second with them (especially all the planning and decorating). Despite what became a chaotic instead of calm month off, I feel rested and better than ever.
Watch out 2017, I’m coming for you!
But first, in looking through my blog, I realized I never really shared any of these fun facts about the Golden Shores series. (Not even when Surface Currents released, shame on me).
More than any other series, this has become the go-to for inside jokes.
- Phil (named after my Dad) cooks a signature dish that my Dad invented, fried tuna (from a can) and eggs.
2. Lizzie’s house is my parents’ actual dream home.
3. In my family, we are all dog owners. My dog is in another book. Scooter is modeled after my cousin’s dog. He was one of the sweetest and goofiest souls ever to grace the earth.
4. Like Lizzie, as an adult, I signed up for tap dance lessons for several years. I hadn’t tapped since childhood but needed a break from my very stressful job. I enjoyed class but our twice-yearly recitals did leave me feeling a bit ridiculous.
5. Miss Rose’s tracksuits were based on very real active wear I couldn’t convince my mother to leave on the rack in the 90’s.
6. In my books, everyone drinks a lot of coffee. What can I say? Art imitates life.
7. I worked as an assistant for a wedding planner for a while. It’s a fascinating balance of organization and emotional counseling. Lizzie takes on far more than I think I’d ever be able to handle.
8. The series is called Golden Shores, both an homage to the nickname for the location, the Golden Isles, and a reference to the older cast of supporting characters
9. I hope I’m Miss Rose when I grow-up, but I think I’m more like Miss Marie
10. The tiny airport featured at the end of the book might seem impossibly small, but is very much real
11. The building that is converted into condos in Coastal Erosion has been repurposed (just not quite in the way I imagined)
12. My grandfather owned a bar with his brother-in-law (started by my great-grandfather)
13. I wrote and re-wrote the first draft of Tidal Patterns several times. I liked the concept of a woman at the start of her career in a place where most people retire. Finding the balance of past tragedy and hope, however, was tricky
14. I like to write about older brother-younger sister relationships because I’m a younger sister with an older brother and I think our bond really shaped my childhood and who I am today
15. If you are on St. Simon’s Island, (home to this year’s HGTV dream home) you have to stop at Palmer’s (mentioned in the first book). My mouth is watering just thinking about their food