New Novel

Behind the Scenes of Sister Dear

My new book SISTER DEAR releases today!!!

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be attending Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.11.44 PMconferences, signing books at stores, and meeting with readers about how the story came to be, how I developed the characters, and why I decided to write the book. You can read about these details in this post.

Today, I thought it might be fun to offer a bit of background about how I chose the setting of the story.

After considering several locations, I decided that coastal Georgia and the city of Brunswick were the perfect backdrop for SISTER DEAR, with itsScreen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.03.13 PM traditional, tight-knit community, gorgeous scenery, and its Deep South focus on football, faith, and family values.

When the novel begins, single mother Allie Marshall is aScreen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.00.32 PMbout to go to medical school, and can hardly wait until she can start her new adventure in the big city of Atlanta.

As excited as Allie is, she remains nostalgic about her hometown and will miss Brunswick, St. Simons Island, and the ocean, which all represent the special place where she grew up with her parents, her sister, Emma, and her boyfriend, Ben.

But when tragedy strikes, and Allie finds herself accused of a horrific crime, she goes to prison for ten years. Each day, she vows to return, clear her name, and promises herself she will find a way to reconnect with her teenage daughter.

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.07.25 PMAllie endures much hardship in prison, and in preparation for the writing of SISTER DEAR, I watched a lengthy documentary about life behind bars in Georgia.

I hope that in reading Allie’s story, you’ll get a true sense of Brunswick, a taste of Atlanta, the feel of the beauty of St. Simons Island, and the danger inside Lee Arrendale State Prison. I’d love to hear your thoughts about setting and your take on the “behind the scenes” details of SISTER DEAR.

If you haven’t yet read SISTER DEAR what are you waiting for?


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  1. Beautiful scenery

  2. Letty Blanchard says:

    This book sounds so good, Laura. Anxious to read it. Going to check with my favorite indie store to see if they have or order it for me if they don’t! Best of luck with this one, although I’m sure it’s going to be a hit!!

  3. This book sounds amazing!! My sister and I are 4 years apart and growing up it was always the two of us. When I was 9 years old I HAD to watch my sister and then when my parents divorced 5 years later I had the responsibility to watch her on my own. Even though we were only young we lived alone for a year. Throughout the years she still was like my shadow. I loved and her and always took care of her. I would help her and always make sure she was happy and had everything she needed.
    I could never imagine NOT having my sister. Even though we aren’t the closest I love her and her family.
    This book seems like it comes from the heart to see our hearts. Can’t wait to read.
    Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much for your insights! That means so much to me …. I’d love to hear what you think about Sister Dear!

      xo, Laura

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