1. The main characters have middle names, but they never appear in the story: Westlin Adelaide Beck, Silas Ellison Hart, Laurel Judith Hart.
2. The towns in Truest are named after a few favorite writers of mine.
3. Alex and Adam Germaine are reminiscent (to me) of Alec and Alonzo from Anne of the Island, she of Green Gables fame.
4. In my head, Elliot Thomas, West’s boyfriend, looks like US short track speed skater JR Celski.
5. Although West’s and Laurel’s names were set from the beginning, Silas was very nearly named Henry.
6. The first draft took me six months to write and was virtually conflict-free and without an ending. I had a long way to go.
7. I started working on the second draft during a writing retreat in Duluth. I’d end up returning to that condo for the second-to-last and last drafts as well. (And then again twice for the first draft of my next novel. I think I’ve found my sweet spot.)
8. Truest is dedicated to four of my favorite children as well as my friends Cindy and Kristin. Kristin solved two of my biggest problems in the writing of the book, and Cindy read uncountable drafts and dialogued with me any time I needed. Truest as it is now would not have come about without them.
9. Öster means “east”– as in, the opposite of west. You’ll understand when you read it.
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