In early October, I spoke at the Clarence Book Review Club about some of the decisions I made while writing Cross Country. The CBRC is a great group of book enthusiasts, and I really enjoyed sharing my writing process with them.
I hadn't planned on writing a sequel to Miss E. In this video, I discuss what went into my decision to write another book about Bets.
Miss E. did not have an antagonist. Much of the conflict in that story was internal, so I was looking forward to creating a villain in Cross Country, but there were some important considerations I had to keep in mind while writing.
It's tricky learning to drive a standard shift automobile, and writing about that experience proved to be almost as challenging!
Writing historical fiction involves a careful mix of factual history and good story telling. With an event as important as the first Moon landing, I wanted to be sure the significance of that moment in history came through in my writing.