My sister commented that she enjoyed seeing elements of my real experiences in Bidding on a Second Chance. She, of course, has all the inside information. Can you guess which of these elements from the story were made up, and which stem from real life experiences or people I know well?
- A rascally, energetic puppy
- A text from a loved one about an accident that included the words “no alarm”
- Grandparents who dressed to match
- A police officer
- A second-hand shop owner
- A special Christmas cookie recipe
- An obedient black lab
Do you have your guesses?
Here are where those elements of Bidding on a Second Chance came from:
The rascally, energetic puppy was inspired by my real-life dog, Luther. When we couldn’t get him to stop chewing on our hands that first day at the shelter, we should’ve known what we were in for. But he was SO CUTE. And for years, we’ve joked that he gets by on his looks.
The text from a loved one about an accident that included the words “no alarm” is based on real life. In 2018, my mom had a similar experience to what happens to Piper (the heroine) in the opening pages. In fact, it was Mom’s text that inspired the story!
My grandparents didn’t dress to match, but an older couple who sat ahead of me at church did. I based Piper’s grandparents on their wardrobe choices.
I don’t know any police officers personally. I had to rely on research and one police officer’s wife, who read an early draft for me.
I also don’t know any second-hand shop owners, but I did strike up a conversation with one when I visited her shop while writing this story.
My family does have a special Christmas cookie recipe. If you’re in the market for delicious cut-out sugar cookies, here you go!
As for the last one, if you ever read a story from me with a dog who is obedient enough to not clobber guests at the door, know it’s pure fiction. My first dog was a black lab, and I loved her, but she was not calm. Probably because she didn’t have Graham (the hero) to train her so well.
I hope you enjoyed the glimpse at the stories behind the story! Bidding on a Second Chance includes some other elements as well, such as a Thanksgiving celebration, a Christmastime auction to benefit a local family, a cast of fun, small-town characters, and the healing of some old wounds.
I’d be so thrilled for you to pre-order! Both the ebook and the paperback are listed on Amazon.
How did you do on your guesses? Were there any surprises?
If you were going to write a Christmas story, is there a special food item you’d be sure to include?