Is there a person or situation in your life that inspired you to write Made to Last?
To be completely honest, watching the movie Christmas in Connecticut, an old movie with Barbara Stanwyck, initially sparked this story. It’s about a magazine columnist who has basically created a fake identity for herself…and ends up needing to find a stand-in husband. Only problem is, she ends up falling for someone who is not said stand-in husband. Thankfully, I have never faced this situation in my own life. Haha!
How much research did Made to Last take?
I did quite a bit of reading-up on how HGTV-type shows are made, watched several This Old House videos online and even, gulp, hung out in a couple hardware stores. And while I’m pretty sure I’m not yet up to building a house, I think I could tackle installing crown molding or using a chainsaw. (And somewhere my family members are shaking their heads at that last part and hiding the power tools.)
What are the some of the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Made to Last?
This may not be a fact, per se, but I learned a lot about the waiting game for TV shows—as executives wait to hear if their show is picked up for another season, what happens if a show gets canceled halfway through a season, etc. I’d just never thought that much about what goes on behind the scenes of a television show.
What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?
I’m currently finishing up my second book, which features one of my favorite characters from Made to Last. It releases in summer 2014. And of course, a third book is percolating in the back of my head.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Made to Last?
In Made to Last, both of my main characters struggle with basing their identity and worth in the wrong things. One finds her worth in her career. The other sees only his mistakes when he looks at himself. They both have to discover where their true identity is found.
And I think that’s something all of us have, at some point or another, struggled with—finding our worth in our achievements or careers or relationships. A lot of times, it’s when those things are stripped away that we discover who we really are—cherished and valued by a loving God.