Today I’m working on the next Burgundy Hart book and thinking things like, “She can trust no one now! What shall she do next? Is this plot exciting enough?” But when looking forward, it’s also kind of nice to look back at the beginning. How was Burgundy born?
The answer is so weird, I’m not really sure about sharing, but here goes.
I moved to the midwest about four years ago and one of my very first stops was the library to get a library card. The library near me is divided into two parts – the old building and the new add-on. The new add-on has white walls and plain drop ceilings, so it’s all quite dazzlingly white, modern, and simple.
The interior of the original building, however, is such a lovely sight. It has decorative metal ceilings. I’m not sure what kind of metal, but I would guess tin. And the walls in the original building, instead of being sterile white, were burgundy red.
As you can see, it’s no coincidence Burgundy is a librarian. In fact, I worked at the library and loved that the position at the circulation desk allowed me to look at those walls whenever I wanted. One evening, I started jotting down notes about a librarian named Burgundy who was a “witch” (if you’ve already read The Cupid Conundrum, you know where this goes!), and so on and so forth. The other librarians asked how I came up with the idea out of nowhere.
Well, the idea really didn’t come out of nowhere. Little environmental things seeded it. What started as a scrawl in the blank notebook I carry with me at all times grew into more of a plot involving the entire town in which I live. Overlay some magick and silliness, and – *poof!* – Rock Grove was also born. The town descriptions – the main street, library, etc. – are all very true to life. The characters? I have taken great liberties with them, except maybe one. With whom I worked at the library. I’ll let you guess who that is, though. She may or may not be the reason I decided that, as much as I loved working at the library, I often came home rather frustrated.
As book 2 evolves, I’m struggling with a title, but certainly not the story! Burgundy is most certainly going to get into far, far more trouble, step up, and make an important decision.
And that’s all I have to say about that.