A broken heart, a controlling father, and an intrusive Scot leave Charlotte Jackson reeling. Accused of stealing an heirloom pin, she must choose between an unwanted marriage and the ruin of her family name. With the futures of her three younger sisters at stake, as well as her own reputation, Charlotte must navigate through injustice to find forgiveness and true happiness.
Eager to find the traitor that caused the death of his brother, Duncan Mackenzie comes to America and attempts to fit in with Charleston society. But when the headstrong Charlotte catches his eye, Duncan takes on a second mission—acquiring the lass's hand. After being spurned several times, he uses unconventional ways of winning her heart.
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Interview With Debbie Lynn CostelloHow do you research your books?
What comes first, the plot or the characters?
Hmmmm….I’ve never really thought about it. I guess in some sense the character because I have to know what they do and why they are where they are in the storyline. But other than that it is the plot. The story unfolds with the plot and the characters follow along. But there comes a point that the characters start to drive the story and where I think I was going is not where I end up!
How do you come up with the titles?
This is so hard for me! I start trying to think of a title shortly after I start writing the book. And I have actually finished a book and still not have a title! And I have changed titles before publication as well. I try to think of a title that gives a hint of what the story is about, that grabs attention and hasn’t been used 10 times before.
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Let’s see…besides the title, there is the back blurb, and the first 3-4 chapters. The title I just explained. The blurb because you have to pack in enough information to make a reader want to read your book but it has to be short and you don’t want to give too much away. Agonizing. Lol. The first chapters are hard because I’m getting to know my characters. I have to learn what they do and don’t do, how they act, what they believe in, what their secrets are, how they’ve been hurt, their biggest spiritual flaw, and the list goes on. Once I learn that they help me tell the story.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Other than the setting of Charleston and what was there and going on in the city and society, it is all fiction. If you like books heavily based on history, Shattered Memories is set during the 1886 Charleston Earthquake that devastated the city. I used actual eye-witness accounts to write that book. It was a tremendous amount of research.
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