Why did a hibiscus plant became Flowers of Grace?

Flowers of Grace by Teresa Hirst

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Teresa, what makes you passionate about writing?

Characters make me passionate about writing. I’m an emotional person and pretty reactive, even though I’m working to curb that. I love to people watch, but not to judge hair or clothes but to watch the emotional responses that people around me have to their circumstances. People fascinate me. That’s why I read and why I write. Discovering how the characters are going to respond to their circumstances develops who they are; the emotional process that unfolds drives me to tell the story.

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Nice. Do you have a writing routine?

Yes and no. My routine exists, but it changes according to what I am working on.  It’s not a daily routine as much as a cyclical one. I may be in production mode on a certain book, essay or article. At those times I focus on that project full-time. But that project will also go through stages that are not particularly writing-based, like content or copy edits, formatting, publishing, and marketing. I usually have one project going through these stages and while another germinates in the background. I will put ideas down while the second project sits in the background and then when the time is right, I will swing into full-time production mode for that one with dedicated writing time.

What is the title of your book?

Flowers of Grace

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Women’s Fiction with a bent toward Christian Romance

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Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

If Helen Hunt was 30, she would make a great Grace. Helen Hunt from the days of Mad About You, except with long hair.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Doubt in her capacity to nurture anything prompts Grace to bring a hibiscus into the upscale boutique she manages, but its unexpected death pushes her to face false assumptions, opening a path for new love to appear.

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

I am self-publishing my book under the imprint of Little Forest Big Spring Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Four months

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

A writer friend compared it to the Friday Night Knitting Club, and it definitely has some of that flavor with the theme of friendship among women, but there is a love quest, too. As Grace seeks love after a broken engagement, she also uncovers those unexpected friendships with women and discovers something about herself along the way.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Flowers of Grace was inspired by a true story, or I could say it was inspired by a real plant. I received a beautiful hibiscus plant from a woman, just like Grace does. And when my plant died, I had the idea to let its legacy live on through this story. You can read the whole story of this at:

http://www.teresahirst.com/blog/the-true-story-that-inspired-flowers-of-grace/

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The setting of this book is so fun and builds even more depth to the story line! If you think St. Louis is just about Ferguson, you need to walk through the suburban St. Louis neighborhoods where Grace lives and works. The changing dynamics of these places and spaces speak to us about relationship as we shift away from brick and mortar stores and inner ring suburbs to online shopping and far-flung exurbs.

Where can we find your book?

Add it to Good Reads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24700432-flowers-of-grace

Buy it from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Flowers-Grace-Teresa-Hirst-ebook/dp/B00SP6MB30/

Buy it from Barnes and Noble for the Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flowers-of-grace-teresa-hirst/1121100842?ean=2940046525106

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2 Responses to “Why did a hibiscus plant became Flowers of Grace?”

  1. Sherri Couey says:

    I would love to read or listen to this book in any format. I had emergency brain surgery in 2005. I am still working on building my brain function. Reading books like “Flowers of Grace” inspire me. Thanks for sharing.

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