Yesterday, Discovering Grace turned TWO years old. I can't believe this story has been out in the world for that long. I thought I'd take a moment today to tell you a bit more about why I wrote a character who - on the surface, at least - is a bit of an introvert. Quiet. Unassuming. Avoids being the center of any attention - very unlike her twin sister.
I think people get the wrong idea about introverts, sometimes. We aren't really shy. Just content with quiet, keeping to our small circle of friends, and happy in our environments.
Grace and I share a few traits. We both like the idea of adventure, but find we like staying tucked up at home even more. We're both willing to go with the flow, but if you try to push us out of our comfort zone, we are going to push back.
Which is precisely what Grace does when her father - in a moment of temper - tries to send her on the adventurous ocean voyage meant for her sister, Hope.
Grace is even-tempered. She is kind, too, and has found numerous ways to help her community while staying in the background. All those charitable organizations that Hope steers about? Grace is the one with the good ideas. The popular parties that the sisters host? Hope might look like she's taking the lead, but Grace is the one doing all the planning.
The sisters compliment each other, and love each other despite their differences. So when Grace faces the thought of being sent away from all she loves, SHE is the one who decides she and Hope need to switch places. Hope, though surprised that her sister is "rocking the boat," eagerly goes along with the plan.
The fact that this means Grace gets to stay near Jacob, the man she has loved for more years than anyone would guess, is icing on the cake. Or is it? After all, he's pining for the sister who left. Isn't he?
We find out later, in Hope's book, that she's known about Grace's love for Jacob all along. And heartily approves of the two of them as a couple. It was tricky to write books about the sisters, letting people see how they viewed each other and their relationship. But SO rewarding. I loved writing them both.
I loved writing Grace. I wanted to show how someone who wishes to remain at home can still be a heroine. I wanted her to be a different kind of strong than her sister.
I hope you love Grace, too. If you haven't read this story yet, it's available on the following platforms:
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