the story behind ‘room of tears’ by linda merlino

TImagehere is always a story – the one that doesn’t get read or published.  The jumping off spot when the idea that’s forming becomes words on a page.  I am frequently asked how and from where does a story begin.  For me the seeds for my stories plant a garden in my dreams or in an early morning rush of inspiration.  The seed for Room of Tears bloomed in 2007 during the early days of my second novel’s release.  By the spring of 2008 I was deep into book signings up & down the eastern seaboard and found myself on a flight from New York to Raleigh.  I brooded throughout the flight over an idea for my next book.  I’d spent a year doing some research and interviewing people and had enough material to form a viable project, but I was racked with concerns -unsure whether to write or abandon and afraid of offending anyone.  By the time I landed I had decided to scrub the idea and move on to something else.

However a chance encounter, if you believe in coincidence, occurred just a few steps from my arrival gate.  I had made an appointment with the manager of a bookstore at Raleigh Durham airport to discuss arrangements for an upcoming book signing.   During the course of our conversation I confessed to her that on the flight from New York I’d been thinking about the research I was doing on another book and decided that the process was too daunting and perhaps I should abandon the project.  The woman asked about the subject matter, I told her the background of the story was 9/11.  She picked up a pen and wrote down the names of several books.  Read these, she said, and then write your story.  I lived it.  My husband was a New York City firefighter he switched shifts that day because of a doctor’s appointment.  He’s retired now.  We moved down here to get away from the memories.  She went on to tell me of the widows, and the funerals and the waiting, and the grief.

Write your story, she said again, I may not be able to read it, but it needs to be written.

Blog what you think, hear, see and say.

Live each day well, or write a book.




ImageLinda Merlino is the author of  Room of Tears (July 23 2013),Hudson Catalina(2008-Belly of the Whale & re-release 9/14/12), Swan Boat Souvenir (self-published 2003) she began writing fiction as a young mother on the sidelines of endless soccer practices.  Linda wrote anytime any place.  A manuscript filled a carton in the back seat of her car.  Many years have passed since those early beginnings, but her work continues to be inspired by her children.

The author has a fascination with heroes and writes her fiction to honor ordinary men and women who react unselfishly in extraordinary circumstances.  She extends her gratitude to all who keep us safe and free.

Her hometown is outside of Boston.  She lived for many years in New York City and more recently calls Connecticut her home.

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