Fly Away Home: Bonus Content
The idea for Fly Away Home came out of two specific things: Gwen Harris’ Romancing the Beat and listening to Story Grid Roundtable discuss The Bridges of Madison County movie. Harris’ book is a step-by-step guide for how to structure a romance novel, which I was interested in trying out, and The Bridges of Madison County sets my teeth on edge, because for me it boils down to a fly-by-night guy and a rooted-at-home woman, and there’s a kind of sad, sweet pathos to the whole thing because of course she could never leave her home and kids! Good old Mom, nobly eating out her heart like a silent martyr while we were all clueless about her inner life.
So I flipped it around, and Casey is the fly-by-night woman and Elliot is a rooted-at-home, stay-put baker (he’s also a sweetie who quotes Romeo & Juliet). I had been reading a number of romance novellas set in Vermont because I was doing background reading for my reincarnation mystery coming out Summer 2019, and the appeal of the New England small town romance genre really hit me: they often start with a harried, busy woman who unexpectedly finds herself in a small, quaint town (inherited her uncle’s hardware store, inherited her grandmother’s house, sent there on a business trip, etc.), and while she’s there, she discovers a slower pace of life, genuinely kind people, neighborliness, and realizes she doesn’t want to go back. Now, there are some problems with this genre (lack of diversity for one), but I think there’s a way of reading them as a metaphor for the soul seeking its center, and this appealed to me very much.
One of my early jobs out of college was as a baker where I discovered how much I love raspberry scones - click here for my favorite recipe. OMG. You don’t even need the glaze.
If you’re interested in jazz violin (I love it!), check out Josh Vietti. Two of my favorite albums are Best of Both Worlds and Street Violin.