Hello everyone! Two days ago, I posted a review of WDG by Lydia Howe. As part of her book launch, I’m doing an author interview with her about WDG.
My questions are in bold, her answers are in normal font, and if I reply, it’ll be in italics. Enjoy!
What/who inspired you to write Where Dandelions Grow?
It was a warm May afternoon in 2012, and I was sitting out under a canopy at my cousin Alexa’s High School graduation party. Another cousin, Aubrey, was playing her cello in a string quartet, and boom, the beginning of Where Dandelions Grow was born.
Wow cool! It’s interesting to know that WDG is kinda based of your real life! 🙂
What is your favourite quote from the book?
“Dandelions have always been, to me, a symbol of my hopes and dreams. They’re resilient – some of the earliest flowers in spring, some of the latest in the autumn. They endure being crushed underfoot, only to rise again and share their beauty with others.”
That’s my favorite one as well! Along with this one:
Who is your favourite character from the book?
Mrs. Reed is for sure one of them, but I also like seeing the relationship between Katie and Darren – two of Mrs. Reed’s twenty-something grandkids. Darren isn’t in the book much, but his appearances amuse me. Everyone needs someone like them in their life.
I love Mrs. Reed! I would love to have her in my life.
How many times have you read Where Dandelions Grow?
Goodness! I should probably keep track of these things, but I don’t generally think about it in time. This book didn’t take quite as much editing as some of my other books have, so probably less than a dozen times.
How long did it take you to write this book?
The writing process of this book was pretty fast – only forty days. And then came the editing process which was quite a bit longer. After that though, I ended up shelving the book for several years due to a few slight issues. So, I actually wrote the book over five years ago.
What is a technique you use when developing your characters that you’d like to share with us?
The characters are by no means echoes of my cousins, but each one of the four cousins share some characteristics between me, my sister, and our two cousins who we grew up with. Therefore, it was a lot easier than normal to come up with unique individuals.
My biggest writing technique for character development is to brainstorm and develop characters in my head as I go about my daily chores. That way I get to the point where I know them really well before I even start writing their story.
Thanks for sharing that!
Thank you for your questions, Zielle! I had fun answering them. 🙂
You’re welcome. Thank you for doing the interview with me, and best of luck with your book! 🙂
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