Author Guest Post for Remember When by Lindsay Detwiler
Author: Lindsay Detwiler
Title: Remember When
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
This wasn’t how it was supposed to be….
They met at a wedding, Todd the only man wearing jeans, Jessica the beauty with a troubled background. Settled into married life after falling in love, they have so many things left to do in life. They think they have so much time… until Jessica and Todd’s average married life comes to a halt on a snowy back road. When their truck careens down an embankment, they find themselves in a life-or-death situation. With rescue seeming impossible, they cling to the only hope they have left: their love for each other.
As they fight for survival, their connection carries them through the biggest challenge of their lives. Memories and regrets swirl around the couple as they finally take a moment to reflect on what they’re doing in life.
There’s one big, icy question that haunts them, though: Is this where their story will end?
The Inspiration Behind Remember When
by Lindsay Detwiler
As a writer, the most popular question I get is: How do you come up with all of your ideas?
Many times, the answer is that they simply come to me. Usually they start with a “what if” question, an idea for a character, or even a title coming into my head in the shower—that shampoo apparently works wonders.
For Remember When, though, the story came about during a real-life trip with my husband on a night we shouldn’t have been on the road.
We were heading to a comedy night about an hour away to meet one of my best friends from college. The roads were icy, and there was another storm on the way. In short, we should’ve stayed home instead of being on the roads during a snowstorm.
However, just like so many people, we felt invincible. Nothing bad would happen because…well, it just wouldn’t.
Driving down backroads after taking a wrong turn, my husband and I started talking as my car treacherously skidded on patchy ice. Relieved we didn’t crash, the questions started to roll.
What if we would wreck, right here? How long would it be until someone realized we weren’t where we were supposed to be? How long until someone could find us since we took a different route and no one knew where we were? What would we do? What would happen to us? What would happen to our mastiff Henry?
So many questions swirled in the frosty air. The idea that life could change with one turn of the wheel, on one icy night, was a gripping idea. The idea that our love story we’d carefully constructed and lived could end with one decision, one turn of the wheel, and one icy moment was something terrifying.
And thus, Remember When was born.
We didn’t wreck that night. We made it home safe and sound, and I ran into the house to jot down an outline for what would become Jessica and Todd’s love story. That night, tucked away in the warmth of our home with Henry at our side, my husband and I realized how lucky we were that our love story got to continue.
However, in Remember When, Jessica and Todd come to realize the answers to some of our questions that night. They come to learn that life can really change in a second. They come to realize that no one is invincible. Most of all, they come to realize that their connection, their love story is the most important thing in life.
Writing Remember When let me explore an unimaginable nightmare that thankfully didn’t come true on that icy February night. Most of all, it helped me realize that the memories and moments that make us who we are as a couple shouldn’t be taken for granted.
I hope that Jessica and Todd’s love story connects with you and speaks to you. Most of all, I hope their story reminds you not to take a single breath of life for granted.
A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay's the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay's goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she's done her job.
Lindsay's hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
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