Shannon Richard: What Parts of My Stories Come from Me?

When it comes to my stories there are a lot of personal elements that come from me, quite a few that come from family and friends, and other times I pull inspiration from something I’ve read, watched, or listened to.

The Funeral Home: My mother actually works at a funeral home, doing the exact same job that Paige winds up doing. My mom would always tell me these off the wall stories that were just too ridiculous to be true and she kept saying that I needed to write a book about it. So I did. Though all of the events that happen at Adam’s and Family Funeral Home are completely made up…well, most of them anyways.

Athleticism: Paige is a runner…I am not. Paige’s love for running and endurance came from one of my really good friends who is a marathon runner. She’s hardcore about it and it’s really rather impressive. You have to have an inner strength to do something like that and it was a characteristic I wanted Paige to have. Plus, I liked the idea of Brendan first seeing Paige from afar and I wanted him to be intrigued by her impressive legs and ever-so-interesting running shorts.

The infamous black wedges: When it comes to high heels I’m always all like “ooh pretty.” Then I put them on and my feet hate me after about ten minutes. So I usually stick with sandals and flats, shoes that don’t make me teeter back and forth from hazardous heights. But during the brainstorming of Paige, I might’ve been rocking a very similar pair of black wedges that didn’t kill my feet. They are super fun and have confidence building powers, though I’ve never walked down a deserted highway in them, and hopefully I never will.

The inspiration behind Bethelda Grimshaw: I’m a Potter Head through and through, and I’ve read those books more times than I can count. The abominable Rita Skeeter inspired Bethelda Grimshaw, but I don’t think anyone can pack as much malice and venom into a character like Ms. J.K. Rowling.

Lula Mae/Café Lula: When I was figuring out Brendan’s grandmother I couldn’t come up with a name for her. I wanted it to be a little out there and very southern. So I texted one of my best friends and asked her to help me come up with something. She immediately shot me back a list with Lula Mae at the very top, and that’s how Café Lula was born. Another reason I like it so much is because You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies, and the café that Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks meet at is called Café Lalo. I found the similar name to be a pretty perfect fit.

The Sunflowers: I’d just read Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella right before I started writing Undone. At the end of the book there is this beautiful and heart wrenching scene with sunflowers that I just couldn’t get out of my head. Sunflowers have always been one of my favorite flowers, but they made their way to the top when I wrote them into the storyline of Undone. I got a sunflower tattoo on the top of my right foot to celebrate finishing my first book.

The Hero: Brendan King was actually created through a combined effort of my roommate and me. We were driving around town looking for Halloween costumes and coming up with all of his characteristics. The fact that he has short dirty blonde hair, blue eyes, and bit of a cocky side were all things that my roommate decided on. She takes great pride in the fact that she was behind the conception of Brendan.

About the Author:7_15 Shannon Richard author photo_credit Gloria Berry smShannon Richard grew up in the Panhandle of Florida as the baby sister of two overly protective, but loving brothers. She was raised by a somewhat eccentric mother who showed her how to get lost in a book, and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature, and lives in Tallahassee. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy, Mr. Darcy and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination.
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7_15 shannon Undone_smIn UNDONE there are things Paige Morrison will never understand about Mirabelle, Florida:
Why wearing red shoes makes a girl a harlot
Why a shop would ever sell something called “buck urine”
Why everywhere she goes, she runs into sexy-and infuriating-Brendan King.

But after losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend, Paige has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and move in with her retired parents. For an artsy outsider like Paige, finding her place in the tightly knit town isn’t easy-until she meets Brendan, the hot mechanic who’s interested in much more than Paige’s car. In no time at all, Brendan helps Paige find a new job, new friends, and a happiness she wasn’t sure she’d ever feel again. With Brendan by her side, Paige finally feels like she can call Mirabelle home. But when a new bombshell drops, will the couple survive, or will their love come undone?


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