So often when I’m interviewed, I’m asked if my stories are based on real people or incidents. The answer is: sometimes. Do you remember Andy in The Oleander Sisters? That endearing little five-year-old boy who was building a rocket ship to the moon in the backyard at Sweet Mama’s Café? The little red rocket ship is based on a conversation I had with my grandson David when he was an adorable tyke.
He’s now a handsome high school senior. Still adorable, of course. Still inquisitive and smart and funny and still excited about building things. Though, I don’t know if he’s tackled a rocket ship since he was four.
I had traveled down to Florida to visit with my son and his family. It was a lovely summer day, and I arrived to find David in the backyard, surrounded by so many cardboard boxes I could barely see the top of his head.
Here’s a recap of our conversation:
Me: Hey, David!
David: (Big squeal followed by a wonderful little boy hug.)
Me: What are you doing out here?’
David: I buildin’ a wocket ship.
Me: You ARE? (Walking around to admire the boxes.) Where are you going?
David: To da moon.
Me: Oh my goodness! That’s a long way.
David: It’s gone take lots’a batterwies, Gigi.
Here’s a long-ago shot of David with his dog and another where he thinks he’s a dog, a retriever, of course!
When Andy popped onto the pages of The Oleander Sisters, I knew he’d be building a rocket ship. And I knew it would take lots of batteries!
I’m so glad you stopped by today. If you don’t have The Oleander Sisters (written as Elaine Hussey, published by MIRA, July, 2014), I hope you’ll grab a copy. It’s available in trade paperback, audio and ebook formats. I had such a lovely time writing that novel and sharing my beloved Mississippi with you once again. You can read more about it on the books page.
I’ve been writing for nearly 30 years, and many of you are familiar with my books written as Peggy Webb. It’s such a pleasure to team with a group of great authors to bring you an eclectic collection of romantic suspense, thriller, mystery and historical romance for only 99 cents. Risky Brides is new and it will be offered for a limited time only, so do snatch up your copy. The stories are a lot of fun! I don’t have as much time to read as I’d like, but I am reading this collection, and I’ll tell you that I’m enjoying some belly laughs and few a chills, too!
Oh, I almost forgot. Patricia Neely-Dorsey, pop over to FB and leave a private message with your mailing address. You won last week’s giveaway. As always, you have two weeks to claim your prize.
Now, here are links to two fabulous contests I’m running this month at Fresh Fiction. The giveaways are great and the winner will be selected by FF at the end of November.
I’ll see you here next time. I’m trying to post every Monday, but that doesn’t always happen. Every now and then, I get caught up in real life.