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I’m from a relatively small town. Not tiny, but small enough. I live there again now, but I’ve lived in a big city metroplex, a suburb, and out in the country…actually on the side of a hill with a view of the Colorado Rockies. I’ve kind of experienced a little of everything before coming back to my hometown. And I probably don’t appreciate it like I did when I was living those other places, because it’s the normal humdrum of daily life, but when I lived in a big city, I longed for the simplicity and “charm” of my small hometown.
And that’s what I draw upon when I write a story. I love Southern small town settings. There’s something magical about them, something that I think everyone is drawn to, regardless of where you live. I think those in small towns relate personally, and those in bigger cities romanticize them…I know I did. The stories I write aren’t exactly like my town, they tend to run a little smaller, and yet always on the water—which IS like my town. I loved growing up near a river and the Gulf of Mexico, and I have to incorporate that in some way every time. It’s just too good not to use.
So tell me where YOU are from. What’s your setting? And what type of story setting do you find yourself drawn to?
Hope you all enjoy the book!
Before and Ever Since by Sharla Lovelace
Emily Lockwood, your past is showing.
Emily Lockwood has been sitting on a secret for so long, and buried so deep that she really doesn’t even think of it anymore. Why should she? She has a successful career, an ex-husband who rarely tests her patience, a mother who usually does, and a stubbornly independent grown daughter. Everything is fine, just another crazy kind of normal.
Until Ben Landry comes back to town. The one person that could change it all. From best friends growing up, to young adults who realize their love in a night of crazy passion, Ben and Emily had an unbreakable bond. Or so she thought. When he then disappeared without explanation for over twenty years, she’d had to pick herself up and accept otherwise. Seeing Ben back again now triggers more than mere memories and a tug at her heart. It rips the cover off an old secret that could hurt the people she loves the most.
While Emily works to keep her secret safe and her heart safer, her sanity gets a reality check. She’s been seeing things—her past played out like home movies unreeling before her eyes, visions that are making Emily see herself, her family, everyone she knew, and every choice she made, in a revealing new light and a startling new angle. For Emily, seeing her life in rewind makes her realize she has hard choices to make for her future. Choices that may redefine everyone else’s future as well.
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