Shannon here: Lindsey P. Brackett shares insight into her real life romance, plus a chance to win a Kindle copy of her debut Women’s Fiction title, Still Waters. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Sept 8 – 12 to enter the drawing. Deadline: Sept 16th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Lindsey:
- What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
For Valentine’s Day one year (and we don’t usually do that because my birthday is right after) he ordered these fancy shortbread cookies I love from a Boston bakery. He had them shipped and then smuggled in the package, put all the cookies in individual bags with hearts, and hid them all over the house. Then he left me clues. I’m awful with any sort of puzzle solving (unless it’s literary), so of course he had to help me find them all. My kids still talk about it.
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
This story always makes me laugh because it’s so telling of how I put way too much emphasis on other people’s opinions. We love the country song “Good Morning Beautiful”. It came out while we were engaged in college, but we didn’t dance to it at our wedding because I didn’t want to imply we’d been doing something we hadn’t… but now we have a burlap pillow on our bed, and it’s lettered “Good Morning Beautiful.” So it’s still our song.
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic vacation destination?
The Charleston area and Edisto Beach are no doubt our favorite places. Writing stories set there is just a great excuse to take a trip. We also really love the Asheville area, especially Biltmore. It’s like stepping into another world—but everything is a much more romantic experience when our four kids stay with the grandparents.
- What simple gesture does your spouse do that melts you every time?
Anytime Joshua is being affectionate with our children, I puddle a little inside. I took a picture in church one Sunday morning of our little boy sitting in his lap while he ran the soundboard. We met doing technical theater, so to see him doing that while holding our kids gives me that really good kind of sweet pang—a wow moment that makes me marvel at marriage and family.
- Who is most romantic, you or your spouse?
Definitely him! He is the one who makes sure we carve out date nights and anniversary getaways. He’s so good to remind me our marriage has to be a priority because without it, we aren’t modeling a healthy relationship for our children. He remembers all sorts of little things because he’s great with details. My stocking is always full of those little happy things I love like chapstick and notepads. I write details into stories… but in real life, I’m not so great.
- Where’s your favorite getaway?
We love Edisto for it’s slow pace and relaxed lifestyle. That’s why it’s called ‘Edislow’. But it’s definitely a place to go for respite, a characteristic I tried to infuse into the novel.
About Lindsey: Award-winning writer Lindsey P. Brackett once taught middle grades literature, but now she writes her own works in the midst of motherhood. A blogger since 2010, she has published articles and short stories in a variety of print and online publications including Thriving Family, Country Extra, HomeLife, Northeast Georgia Living, Splickety Magazine, Spark Magazine, and Southern Writers Magazine. In both 2015 and 2017, she placed in the top ten for Southern Writers Magazine Best Short Fiction. Previously, Lindsey served as Editor of Web Content for the Splickety Publishing Group, and currently she is a general editor with Firefly Southern Fiction, an imprint of LPC Books. In addition, she writes a popular column for several North Georgia newspapers.
Still Waters, influenced by her family ties to the South Carolina Lowcountry, is her debut novel. A story about the power of family and forgiveness, it’s been called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing.” A Georgia native, Lindsey makes her home—full of wet towels, lost library books, and strong coffee—at the foothills of Appalachia with her patient husband and their four rowdy children. Learn more and connect:
About the Book – Still Waters: Cora Anne Halloway has a history degree and a plan: avoid her own past despite being wait-listed for graduate school. Then her beloved grandmother requests — and her dispassionate mother insists — that she spend the summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach, South Carolina.
Despite its picturesque setting, Still Waters haunts Cora Anne with loss. At Still Waters her grandfather died, her parents’ marriage disintegrated, and as a child, she caused a tragic drowning. But lingering among the oak canopies and gentle tides, this place also tempts her with forgiveness — especially since Nan hired Tennessee Watson to oversee cottage repairs. A local contractor, but dedicated to the island’s preservation from development, Tennessee offers her friendship and more, if she can move beyond her guilt.
When a family reunion reveals Nan’s failing health, Cora Anne discovers how far Tennessee will go to protect her — and Edisto — from more desolation. Will Cora Anne choose between a life driven by guilt, or one washed clean by the tides of grace?
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Question for Readers: What is your favorite song?
Come back Sept 12th for Lindsey’s inspiration for her debut novel!