The Story Behind The Tree of Life by Dawn Davis

The idea for The Tree of Life began in 1999 when the public school my daughters attended held a centennial celebration. The classrooms became decade rooms filled with memorabilia, photographs, letters, magazines and period clothing. Many years later I decided to take this centennial celebration as the starting point for a novel. What might happen…

The Story Behind ‘Dolet,’ by Florence Byham Weinberg

I wrote the first sketch for Dolet about four years after my husband’s death in 1996 from Parkinson’s disease. I knew a good deal about interesting figures from the sixteenth-century in France, since that was my main research-field. I had published three scholarly books on François Rabelais (1494 [ca]-1553) and a novel in French translation…

The Story behind ‘Silk’ by Chris Karlsen

I had just finished my second book, Journey in Time, which was a romance. I was in the process of researching my next book, a romantic thriller set in Turkey, at an archaeological site near Troy. I’d put my research material away for the night and put in the DVD of Phantom of the Opera,…