1 ~ I had never read Sherlock Holmes until after I wrote the book.
2~ The soundtracks by Hans Zimmer for Sherlock Holmes movies were the most frequently listened to while writing the rough draft.
3~I wrote London, then shelved it for 9 months before starting the editing process
4 ~ The rough draft took me 7 months.
5 ~ The idea that sparked the inspiration for the novel was the thought: What would it be like to be the sister of someone like Sherlock Holmes?
6 ~ The cover came out almost exactly like I had pictured it in my head. Only better.
7 ~ The Character of Kenton was not in the outline and simply sprang to being as I wrote. He will now be featured in a sequel.
8 ~ Olivia’s piano playing was based on my own musical repertoire.
9 ~ I swore to myself that I would never write a sequel and that this would only be a one off.
10~ I now have at least three more books in the series planned.
11 ~ London was originally going to be set in the mid 1920’s. I then backed it up to be set before WW1 during the Edwardian time period.
12 ~ Several scenes were swirling around in my head months before I ever decided to write them into a book.
13 ~ I actually have no idea when and how the ideas came together to form a book in my head.
14 ~ I outlined for the first time for London and found it immensely helpful.
15 ~ I injured my back and shoulder by sitting poorly at an office job, but still managed to continue writing on my novel almost every day.
16 ~ My friend Julia Erickson (who is also a published author) was the one who inspired me with the idea that I could write a novel too.
17 ~ My deadlines kept getting bumped, but I prayed through them, and ended up happy with when my book got published.
18 ~ I ended up totally flopping around an entire character and completely re-writing their entire story arc. (you can guess who)
19 ~ I cried through several scenes in my book. Wiping legitimate tears from my face and trying to see through them to write.
20 ~ My great Uncle proofread the copy for me.
21 ~ Without realizing it, Cyril’s personality (not his faults) is actually a lot like my younger sister.
22 ~ I contemplated killing a certain character, but could never go through with it, and now I feel like the story is better for it.
23 ~ To this day, only half of my family have read London in the Dark.
24 ~ Without realizing it, I patterned some of the characters struggles off of my own and didn’t know until after I wrote it.
25 ~ I did copious amounts of research on the fashion modes, clothes, and hair of the time period.
That wraps them up! This was actually a lot harder than you would think! Do you have a question about London in the Dark? Ask them below and I will feature your questions and their answers in an upcoming video!
By God’s Grace,