Her quest is a challenge on its own, but Olivia’s efforts are complicated by dangerous incidents, proving that what she doesn’t know can hurt her. Could someone else lay claim to the missing emeralds? Is her nearest neighbor—the attractive grandson of the house’s original owner—romantically interested in her or only attempting to regain what he sees as his rightful estate? Is the house’s innocent caretaker simply a pawn in this baffling plot?
Book Talk Stop Q&A
After my mother's death I realized she had kept much of her personal life from me, and I wondered what would have caused her to be so reticent. Had she had secrets she didn't want me to know? What if she had had a secret love? Perhaps a whole secret relationship she didn't want known? I thought I knew her, but what if I didn't? The "what ifs" became the basis for The House on the Dunes.
The biggest challenge was trying to balance the two stories of the daughter who wanted to understand her mother's life and the mother whose hidden love affair was kept secret until after her death. Who was this mother who seemed to be a simple Wisconsin farm wife, but who was so much more...and whose secrets impacted so many lives? Writing their stories without revealing the truth too soon was difficult.
Each of my stories has been different as far as what drives the narrative. In the case of The House on the Dunes, the premise of a secret hidden for so long drove the story but the characters' reactions to trying to uncover that secret, especially those of the daughter whose life was so impacted by the discovery of the truth, moved the story to it's inevitable climax.
I'm not sure it would surprise others, but I'm adventurous at heart. I love to travel and look for out-of-the-ordinary things to do wherever I visit. Bungee jumping off the high bridge in Christchurch, New Zealand, was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I still want to sky dive!