How long did eye of the god take you to complete?
The most time consuming part of this project was the research. It took years unearth the stories of real people who owned the Hope Diamond in the past. The writing of the novel itself occurred over a three year span during the ebb and flow of raising four very small children. But from the moment I found that original article in Life Magazine, to the publication date was just over fourteen years.
How did you come up with the title: and font for eye of the god?
The title was mine, but the font was chosen by the design company that created the book cover.
eye of the god was the nickname given to the Hope Diamond years ago. According to legend, the Hope Diamond was once the eye of a Hindu idol named Rama Sita. When it was stolen in the 17th century, it is said that the idol cursed all those who would possess it.
Do you have a favorite character in eye of the god?
Abby Mitchell, the main character, is my favorite. She’s a strong, intelligent woman, but she wrestles deeply with her faith and her relationship with her dad. Like many women, Abby struggles with the propensity to manipulate her circumstances to bring about my desired results. That is something that plays out on many levels in eye of the god.
How much research did eye of the god take?
Oh my. I easily spent as much time researching as I did writing. Years. Because I tell four different stories in one novel, I basically had to do four times the research. On one had I had to understand security procedures at the Smithsonian Institute and on the other I had to delve into the intricacies of the French Revolution. Then I’d thumb through books on 17th century India and 1920’s Washington D.C. It was both exhausting and rewarding.
What was the most interesting fact that you learned while writing eye of the god?
There were several so I’ll give you a few of my favorites:
The Hope Diamond was pawned by Evelyn Walsh McLean in order to pay the ransom in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.
Jackie Kennedy petitioned the Smithsonian to allow the Hope Diamond to visit the Louvre in Paris just months before her husband was assassinated.
The Hope Diamond was confiscated from the possession of Louis XVI a short while before he was beheaded during the French Revolution.