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 book? What do you hope your writing achieves? We asked Robin Lee Hatcher to tell us the story behind Keeper of the Stars and share her book-inspired playlist (listen below). Join Robin in celebrating her new release by entering her Kindle Fire HD giveaway! Click here to learn more and enter.
Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?
I wish I had an interesting answer to this question, but I don’t. It didn’t come to me in any amazing burst of creativity. It began first with the desire to set the story in the winter with lots of snow. Then came the idea that became the opening scene at the graveside service in the cemetery.
What was the hardest part about writing your novel: Getting started? Keeping it going? Finding the perfect ending?
What trait do you love most about your main character?
I’ll pick Trevor, and I would say that my favorite trait of his is his growing faith. Watching him change, watching his desires in life change, was a beautiful reminder to me of how God wants to constantly be refining each of His children.
When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story?
For every novel, I desire two things: That the reader will be satisfied, have that ahhhhh moment, as they close the book; and then that they would immediately wish the story would keep going because they already miss the characters.
What are you working on next?
I am hard at work on a new book, possibly the first in a series. This story is set in the wine/fruit orchard country of southwestern Idaho in a small town near the Snake River, not far from the Oregon border. My hero is an organic farmer and part time sheriff’s deputy. My heroine is a former bad girl with a tragic family background who is trying to make a better life for herself and her daughter. Sparks are going to fly.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Normally when I write, I play movie scores (no lyrics). However, I have a playlist of four songs for the books set in Kings Meadow that I have played again and again.
Love Without End, Amen, George Strait
Whenever You Come Around, Vince Gill
I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack
Keeper of the Stars, Tracy Byrd