My journey to create this story and characters.
LOVE DELIVERED features a heroine and hero who, at first, appear very dissimilar. Bianca is a big-city girl who is not only following her own dreams, but following the dreams her mother never achieved before her untimely death.
Pete, the hero, has tight ties to the small town where he grew up, and never wants to leave the charming town.
My journey to create LOVE DELIVERED began with this conflict. I needed a reason why these two people could not possibly stay together as a couple. When Bianca returns to the small town to fix up and sell her deceased grandmother’s house, she fully intends to return to
But she gradually grows attached to the town. Pete, her mailman, has a lot to
do with this. New York
Many people in the small town where I grew up still live there today. Sometimes, they buy a new house, and often they purchase the family home from their parents. When I needed to create a small town that offered many reasons for Bianca to stay, it was easy. I modeled the town after the one I grew up in.
One particular scene portrays July 4th celebrations in the small town. Growing up, I thought all towns went crazy for this holiday. Turns out, our town was pretty unique in the way it celebrates. For one thing, one week before July 4th, residents stake out a spot along the parade route by lining up roped-together lawn chairs and tarps. A week before the parade!
July 4th starts out with a bicycle decorating contest and games for kids at the local high school. Then, a two-hour long parade complete with our local NFL marching band, floats, politicians, and baton twirlers entertain the crowds. Most people retreat to their homes for a few hours, don themselves in glow sticks and bug spray, and then head to the local high school for a spectacular fireworks display.
I hope I captured the essence of this celebration, and the way the town embraces this day as not only a commemoration of
birthday, but of neighbors and the town itself. Basing this story on a real
town and the people who live there made it easy to create characters who
blended in and were charmed with the town. America
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