When I wrote In a Lifetime, the scene I pictured to kickstart it was the first chapter. Guy spots girl that he'd really like to know at party. He's a nice guy so when someone needs help he sets that aside to get them home, only to return to his best friend and said girl getting to know each other in an intimate way.
That was it. I didn't know where it was going, or what a ride I'd end up on writing it.
I don't know why infertility became the thing that put strain on Ella and Sam's marriage. Perhaps because there seems to be so many people out there struggling and trying their best to work through it. Including close friends of mine.
I never thought of myself as lucky. My own pregnancies were straight forward, even when I was diagnosed while pregnant with my first child with PCOS. If anything it made me more aware of what was going on around me, seeing friends and family struggle to get pregnant, go through IVF, try to get in to IVF, go through multiple miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. And that was just among people I knew.
So, Ella struggled with infertility, and after I published the book I became aware that someone very close to me was going through the same thing. I had no idea. It's not a thing that gets talked about a lot. For this reason, the book became even more personal to me and when it came to Vanessa's book, I wanted to try to retain some sameness even if the story was different.
In a Heartbeat is about Vanessa suffering a miscarriage and how she deals (or doesn't deal) with it. It's reasonably early in the pregnancy, but it has lasting effects on her and impacts everything else in her life. Including her happy relationship with Connor. Where Ella was open and emotional about her fertility issues, Vanessa keeps everything close to her chest. The sisters have so much in common, but are so different. Their close relationship really shines through in his book.
Of all the books I've written, this series has become the most precious to me. I think because the situations depicted are so real and human. All I can hope is that I did Vanessa's story justice because I love her so much.
I can't wait to share it. :)
Ariadne Wayne is the pen name of an overworked, often exhausted mother of two who frequently turns to the internet for relaxation. It doesn't always work...