It takes a village to write a novel
This weekend involved two special boosts for my writing.
First, Kathy Gronau hosted us at her house for a retreat. We had a wonderful time sharing our stories and where we’re at in the journey. Check out pictures from the weekend on Facebook here.
The other was a gift from Dan and Sue, dear friends from church. Dan is a model train enthusiast and has created some scenes using the same buildings in my Christmas village. These friends have been wonderful supporters of my writing – Dan gave me advice on what type of gun the hero would use – and I mentioned that I was thinking of using my little buildings to recreate some scenes from my novel-in-progress set in historic St. Joseph. Sometimes the hero and heroine need a little help getting together.
While I was driving home from Kathy’s, Dan called and said they were cleaning out and wondered if I wanted some of the village buildings. What a treat! Sue was practically humming as she wrapped up the little houses, grocery stores and churches and grinned as I walked out the door, so I think this was a true win-win situation. My Christmas village nearly doubled in size with a building boom.
This week, we’re sharing about heroes and heroines. It has been fun to write a love story in a historical setting because that time period seems so romantic. It’s also a challenge to figure out how men and women would have had chances to interact while keeping it historically accurate.
One of the treasures in the little village is a Pony Express rider. Here, the pony rider comes galloping in to the post office to deliver the mail. Look at the lovely lady there to meet him. Is romance about to bloom?
But wait! Who is that mysterious stranger lurking in the shadows in front of the carriage house?
Thanks to these friends who helped bring it together. I can’t wait to see what happens next…