Sand In My Eyes: Best Beach Book
Author Christine Lemmon chatted up SheKnows about her new book, Sand in My Eyes, a 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist in the fiction category and the perfect end-of-summer beach read.
Christine Lemmon is the author of four books. She's a wife, a mother and a writer who lives in a house on stilts on Sanibel Island off the coast of Florida. She took time out of her busy schedule promoting her latest novel, Sand in My Eyes, to talk with SheKnows about writing and her new book -- which recently was announced as an Indie Excellence Awards Finalist.
Perfect End of Summer Read
Sand in My Eyes follows a politician's wife who is trying to recapture the dreams of writing a book she let slide to support her cheating husband. When Anna Holt gets a week alone away from her family, she is suddenly offered an alternate view to venting her rage through writing and an unexpected way forward from her elderly neighbor, Fedelina. Fedelina comes baring flowers, wisdom and happens to have a newly divorced son who arouses Anna's passionate side.
Women, especially mothers of all ages, will love this novel which is about the tensions between motherhood and personal dreams and women across generations inspiring each other. Order the book for your end-of-summer reading list and read on for our chat with this talented and inspiring author.
Christine Lemmon on Writing
SheKnows: What are three words to describe why people should read Sand in My Eyes?
Christine Lemmon: Passion, wisdom and hope.
SheKnows: What's one word on how you want people to feel after reading your book?
Christine Lemmon: Inspired.
SheKnows: What was your inspiration for Sand in My Eyes?
Christine Lemmon: When I got the inspiration for Sand in My Eyes, ideas came fast and furious and I could see the characters, plot and story unfolding as a panorama in my mind. It would be a story about a mother so overwhelmed that she was hardly seeing the beauty around her. I scribbled it all down in crayon on a coloring book. As I took walks around Sanibel Island where I live, I noticed flowers and imagined they all had something they wanted to say to me as a woman. The daisies would mean to always spot the wildflowers hidden within the weeds. Even when overwhelmed we must try to spot the beauty. I make the most of each day I do have. The flowers inspired me and became a major part to my story.
SheKnows: What is your favorite flower?
Christine Lemmon: Because I went to school in Holland, Michigan, and was a Dutch Dancer in the
SheKnows: Could you describe your writing process?
Christine Lemmon: It's a three-step process that for me includes inspiration, writing and editing.
SheKnows: What are you working on now?
Christine Lemmon: I have been at a fork in the road with ideas coming at me for two different novels. One is more comfortable and the other more challenging. I will continue writing blogs, keeping in touch with readers via my website (www.christinelemmon.com) and also writing my newspaper column (Long Story Short) which appears in the Island Sun.