Sometimes the story behind the story can let a little too much out, but I have to tell you about the significance of the color purple in my latest Amish romance, Courting Emily.
First, let me say I pride myself on being a planner. I may be able to get an editor on board with a project with just a page or two, but when it comes down to writing, I like a detailed synopsis. I like to know where the story is going.
There are times though when situations and ideas come out of the story. I believe they call this organic writing. Well, the purple portion of Courting Emily was part of my organic writing experience.
Here’s a little backstory. Elam Riehl works too hard at being the patriarch of his family. His father, James, was kicked in the head by a milk cow the year before and since then has been very childlike and ill. With Emily’s help, James starts to come around and become a more productive and vital part of his family once again. In the process, James becomes obsessed with all things purple, including Emily’s dresses.
Confession: I love purple. My high school colors included purple. I have been known to wear purple eyeliner, purple track suits, and purple sneakers on a regular basis. So I guess it was only natural that when James needed a fixation to help him through it was purple.
But I never saw it coming.
When I realized that purple had become so important to the story, I emailed my editor and asked if we could make the cover model’s dress purple. He explained they had already been working on the cover but he would ask. Imagine my delight when I saw the cover and Emily’s dark purple dress. The beautiful cover even has purple writing!
I spent a lot of time searching for purple items on the Internet to round out my story. I found things I had never dreamed could be purple like cauliflower, cupcakes, and fortune cookies. Some made their way into the story and others just made me happy. They made James happy too. And he created his own collection of purple things. Like…wait. Sorry, I can’t tell you all that. I wouldn’t want to give too much away. But once you read the book, I think you’ll understand, and I hope that you’ll fall in love with James just as I did.
Make sure to out my new-revamped (and purple!) website as well as my Pinterest board for Courting Emily, which includes a ton of purple things—some included in the story and some collected because hey, we’ve already covered this. I love purple!
Amy Lillard is an award-winning writer who loves reading romance novels. Born in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. She has always been intrigued with the Amish’s gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. Her latest book in the Clover Ridge series, Gabriel’s Bride, released in February. Her latest book, Courting Emily, releases January 6th. You can pre-order it here.
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