Sometimes as authors, we get asked which book we’ve written is our favorite. It’s about like being asked to choose your favorite child, to be honest. We pour our heart and soul into each book, and each one has a special place in our heart. However, there ARE those books that mean just a little bit more, for whatever reason.
In my first series (the Main Street Minden Series) each book is tied to a specific season in the small town of Minden, Indiana. I love each book for different reasons, but I think my personal favorite will always be Book #3 — Spring Fever.
Here are a few reasons why it’s still at the top of my list:
- Mandy Elliott’s character and backstory was inspired by two women in my life who inspire me with their journey of faith. The first, a friend from college who faced difficult choices and an unexpected pregnancy. The second, a daycare owner and single woman who faithfully trusts God in the midst of her singleness. It was an honor and a privilege to impart pieces of their stories into a story of my own creation.
- It’s SPRING! The story takes place during February, March, April, and May in Indiana. We get Easter with the characters, along with the flowers blooming and weather warming up. I personally can’t wait for the dreary, cold days of winter to morph into the cool, sunny days of spring — especially now that I have kids I am eager to send outside to play!
- In general, writers improve their skill with each subsequent book. I feel like my writing took a huge leap forward between the first two books in the series and this one. I had a baby between books 2 and 3, so I took some time off writing and instead spent a lot of that time studying storytelling and writing craft. Spring Fever was the first book where I saw some of that effort really start to take shape.
- It’s got one of my favorite meet-cute moments, where Mandy falls asleep in the exam room while waiting for her doctor’s appointment and doesn’t wake up until the office is closed for the day! (PS: This actually happened to my mother as an exhausted young mother, except she woke up to the cleaning crew. Mandy, on the other hand, meets the handsome new doctor in town!) It was fun to dream up a scenario where the introverted owner of an in-home daycare could meet someone!
- Single Dad/Instant Family Trope – Dr. Pike is in way over his head when he takes custody of his niece, and nothing
pulls on my heartstrings more than an overwhelmed single dad! Adelaide, the little girl, is the perfect reason for Dr. Pike and Mandy to spend more time together, and it was fun to see both of them grow as they learned about parenthood, partnership, and the providence of God!
So there you have it — why Spring Fever remains one of my favorite books I’ve written (Ssshhh, don’t tell my other
Now it is your turn! Tell me what puts a book on your list of favorites! Is it the writing? The kind of story? The characters?