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Grace. We long for it, yet struggle to accept it. I am happy to have Lindsey Brackett visiting with us today. Lindsey’s novel, Still Waters, addresses tough issues like guilt, forgiveness, and grace. Before we meet Lindsey, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
Peace means reconciling her family and her Edisto memories. But acceptance may mean loving the man determined to preserve a past she’d rather forget.
Welcome, Lindsey! Who is your favorite secondary character in Still Waters, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Nan is, of course, my absolute favorite. In exploring her character and giving her traits I saw in my own maternal grandmother, it was like having her in my life again. The long range plan includes a novel about Cora Anne’s grandparents’ early married life and will draw heavily on letters we have from my grandmother, written during that post WWII era when women were struggling to find their new place, and the South was a hotbed of controversy.
What a fun connection to your real life. 🙂 Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
Edisto Beach is my favorite place. My mother grew up only 45 miles away and this is where her family went on vacation. Then, it is where she took us. Now I take my children and they love it—they don’t associate a beach trip with roller coasters and mini-golf and high rise buildings and I love that. We’re all sunset bike rides and lazy days hunting snail shells.
I just always knew Edisto was a place I wanted to write about because it is so special to my family and to me. The pace is slower there and people can’t help but live more connected to the land and its ever-changing ways.
Edisto definitely sounds like an amazing vacation spot! Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
While Cora Anne’s personal experience was not one I had, there are some traits of her family that I stole from our times at Edisto. My Uncle Travis really brought an old tractor tire for us to ride the waves on and my mother and her sister love nothing more than to be in the kitchen, cooking up a big Southern-style Sunday dinner. They pretend they’re annoyed, but we know the truth.
LOL! Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
Ha, my friends who know me well say I gave Cora Anne my inability to make a decision. I’ve been learning a lot about personality lately, and in truth, it’s not that I can’t make a decision, it’s that I can see all the angles and the choice becomes overwhelming. Plus, I’m a mom and like Liane Moriarty says in one of her novels, motherhood is just one thousand tiny decisions every day. So when I get to a big one, I’m tired. Then I procrastinate. Netflix and books are excellent avoidance techniques ☺
That’s awesome! I can totally relate to the 1,000 decisions a day! Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
Such a toss up between Laura Ingles and Anne of Green Gables. We’ll go with Anne right now though because I’ll be directing the stage version for my local community theater this spring. Nothing like eternal optimism—and purple prose.
Great choice, and how fun to be involved with it in the theater, too! What are you reading right now?
My first Julie Klassan, The Girl in the Gatehouse. But so many great books are in the lineup on my nightstand and windowsill because my TBR shelf is full! By the time this posts, I’ll probably be into a Lisa Wingate, Charles Martin, or Julie Cantrell. I’ve got Karen White’s The Time Between up soon, too, as well as The Glass Castle and Where’d You Go, Bernadette. I love southern literary fiction—bonus if it’s inspirational in a way that makes me feel the author has completely captured what it’s like to grow up in the church of the rural South.
That’s quite a list. So many great books; so little time! Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
Always paper. Forever and ever and bring on the library book sales, amen.
Yes! I’m happy to help our local library. 😉 Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
Ahem. Apparently I have a problem with pride. What I’m learning is still really raw and fresh, but suffice it to say, just because I always thought I wasn’t good enough for certain things doesn’t mean I don’t think I deserve them or should have them. Especially when I see others getting the accolades or blessings I wanted.
Yeah, you’re not the only one… Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m so excited to be finishing up my self-edits on the stand-alone sequel to Still Waters. Right now we’re looking at a June 2019 release. This second novel is about Cora Anne’s and Tennessee’s parents—what makes you fall in (and out of) love. Digging deep into marriage and the choices we make. But you don’t have to wait until 2019 to get more Edisto love—I’ll be indie releasing a Christmas romance novella in November!
How exciting! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Lindsey!
Your turn! What is on your TBR shelf? (If your list is long, choose a title or two that you’re anxious to begin!)
More about Lindsey:
Lindsey P. Brackett writes southern fiction, reads widely, and cooks big family meals but complains about the dishes. Someday she might be able to balance motherhood and writing full-time. Until then, she’s just very grateful for her public school system.
You can connect with Lindsey online:
Soulful Ink Contributor, www.soulfulink.com
Still Waters Giveaway:
Lindsey’s visit was originally scheduled to post on her birthday. Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away and I had to shift things to be with family, so we missed her birthday. However, a big belated Happy Birthday to Lindsey!!
She is offering an amazing collection of prizes to celebrate: a signed book with swag, a $5 Starbucks gift card, and a $5 Amazon gift card! (Three different winners!) Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.