Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Author Spotlight - Theresa Stillwagons talks about the inspiration behind her Calloway Sisters Series
The Callaway sisters have been a part of my life since 1995. When I finished the first book about Allie (now in the virtual trash bin), the other three sisters were screaming at me to write stories for them. I'd never even attempted to write a series before so I pushed them away and wrote a few other stand-alone books.
Yet Jessie wouldn't shut up, so I decided to write Saving Pale Moon.
Then Megan started pleading with me, so I had to write her story.
Now it's the oldest sister Liz. She's being patience with me right now, but I feel her gently poking at my back to get on with it already.
A second story for Allie is forming inside my head, using some of the older book. I'm so glad I didn't delete it permanently. There are some good scenes in that one I can rewrite and use in the new story.
Kelly, the fifth sister, was a surprise. When I wrote Jessie's story, I found out her birth father had a daughter. The whole clan took her in as one of their own.
But I think the real inspiration for the series are my sisters. I have five of them, and they're all younger than me. And, no, none of the Callaway's were based on them.