Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Where does a writer find inspiration? What’s the hardest part about writing a story? What do you hope your writing achieves? We’ve asked Robin Lee Hatcher, the author of The Heart’s Pursuit, to tell us the story behind the story.
Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?
The idea for the book that would become The Heart’s Pursuit began with the image of an angry and humiliated bride rushing down a boardwalk. From there, I tried to imagine the man who witnesses her humiliation. Who was he? After that, as with every book, it becomes an exercise of “what if?”
What was the hardest part about writing your latest novel: Getting started? Keeping it going? Finding the perfect ending?
The most difficult part, I think, was finding the right reason to allow Silver to join in the search for justice. Originally, I had her lie to Jared as a way to force him to allow her to accompany him, but that didn’t fit with what I wanted to do with the rest of the story, so it had to be changed.
What do you love most about your main character?
Wounded characters appeal to the writer in me. I love to see them heal, with God’s help, over the course of the story.
When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story?
That we can trust God with every aspect of our lives, and if someone has wronged us, we need to leave vengeance (if it’s to happen) up to Him. The search for revenge will only turn our hearts to stone. Better to let go in forgiveness.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I am writing the second book in the Kings Meadow Romance series. The first book in the series, Love Without End, will release in November 2014.
Kings Meadow was the setting of my January 2014 women’s fiction release, A Promise Kept, and many readers and reviewers fell in love with the location. I was glad, because the same thing happened to me. So I decided to return to Kings Meadow for a series of contemporary romances. The hero of Love Without End is Chet Leonard. As a writer, I put Chet through a difficult time in A Promise Kept. I figured I owed him his own happy ending.
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