Dawn Crandall’s second novel, The Bound Heart, released on November 3rd. You can read my 5-star review of this excellent book on The Sheepish Scribe as well as my review of her first novel, The Hesitant Heiress.
Today we welcome Dawn back to the Quid Pro Quills to talk to us about The Bound Heart.
QPQ – I enjoyed getting to know, Lawry Hampton in the first book. But now as the hero of The Bound Heart, he’s such a fascinating character. What is it about Lawry that will appeal to your readers?
DC – I think Lawry is just such a likeable guy! He wants what’s best for all of the people he loves, but he also knows when he needs to let things go. He’s faithful, he’s perseverant, and his heart is true. And just like Meredyth finds throughout the book, he’s very good at love.
QPQ – Meredyth Summercourt has kept a secret for a long, long time. It has changed – and in some ways defined – her life. Without giving too much away, this is a secret that might be difficult for some modern readers to grasp, at least, to the extent that it alters her life. What would you say to readers who have trouble connecting with her over this?
DC – I honestly don’t think a lot of Christians will have trouble connecting with the way Meredyth feels. I tried to keep the historical connection to the way her secret would bind her to Vance Everstone tied to how a Christian in modern times might feel in the same situation. She wants to right her wrong, and she thinks she knows the best way to do that.
QPQ – Good point! You have to trust your audience.
How did you come up with the idea of the kiss as the turning point in Lawry’s and Meredyth relationship?
DC – When I started writing The Bound Heart, it was for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) in November of 2010. I’d written about 75% of The Hesitant Heiress and was kind of stuck at trying to get the ending just right. I also wanted to prove to myself that I could write another character that didn’t sound just like Amaryllis Brigham from the first book. So, I took Meredyth’s character from The Hesitant Heiress and started figuring out what exactly was going on between her and Lawry (and Vance)—as evidenced in how they were behaving towards one another in THH. I looked at all of the interactions between Lawry and Meredyth and tried to figure out what would finally get through to her. What would break the spell? True Love’s Kiss, of course!
QPQ – So The Bound Heart was a NaNoWriteMo success story. Good to know!
Your first and second novels released within three months of each other. You must be swamped. And you have a baby! How on earth are you keeping up with everything?
DC – Well, I had both The Hesitant Heiress and The Bound Heart completely finished when I was offered the book contract last December, and I had The Captive Imposter out as a rough draft. While I was pregnant, however, I had a very difficult time staying awake, let alone trying to remember what I was writing about, so “perfecting and polishing” The Captive Imposter has been my primary goal these days. Most people don’t usually mix pregnancy with book contracts!! Since my son was born seven months ago, I’ve been trying to figure out my new normal… and I am getting better at it every day! I also have a super wonderful assistant, Marisa Deshaies, who I met at ACFW14 in St. Louis. She helps me a ton with all the blog tour stuff!
QPQ – What can you tell us about The Captive Imposter?
DC – The third book in The Everstone Chronicles series, The Captive Imposter, will release February 2015. This book is about Estella Everstone, the youngest sister of the Everstone family—but instead of taking place in fashionable Boston and Bar Harbor like the first two books, it takes place at a resort deep in the green, hilly mountains of central Maine. And her hero is not Jay Crawford, as she’s believed he would be for so many years….
Thanks for giving our readers a little peek at your books and life. Where else on the web can readers connect with you, Dawn?