There’s a saying among writers to write what you know, but quality research can fill in the gaps. So when I started to write Stepping into the Light, I knew that I would have a lot of gaps to fill, starting by researching the Scottish Highlands. Although, I should probably back up a bit first. My original idea for this book started with a dream that contained elements of Snow White along with a wicked
There’s just something about a castle to fire the imagination and make every girl dream of being a princess. And with several semi-recent royal weddings in England, there has also been a rise in novels featuring royalty from fictional countries. So why would I choose to write about castles too? Over the years, I’ve collected a folder of story ideas that percolate on the back burner of my brain until one rises to the top
The seeds for the first book in the Within the Castle Gates series started as a dream that quite honestly had a bit of a Snow White fairy tale twist. I woke up thinking about a heroine whose scars were actually a blessing instead of a curse. In fact, having already survived the worst life had to give, she embodied the fact that sometimes the most heroic live in plain sight. Overlooked. Scarred. Judged. Belittled.