When I began writing The Road That Leads To Home the first thing I knew about it was that I wanted to base it on a true story, my own. I had already written and published my autobiography so I figured writing a book that was only based on one life experience would be easier. As it turned out, I was wrong.
J would imagine that most authors who write “Based on a true story” books do so of events that already happened. I was actually living in my event when I decided I wanted to write about it. Of course, this meant I had no clue how it would all end. That added some adventure for me. The adventure stopped on June 21, 2007. However, the book wasn’t even half done in my mind.
From the beginning, I saw The Road That Leads To Home as being a novella. It wasn’t supposed to be the full story, just a glimpse into the character’s lives. Once I knew how it was going to end, which was far different that I saw it in my head, I struggled with when to end the book. I was tempted keep it upbeat for a few more chapters, but decided against in the end.
The one complaint I get most often is that people would have liked the story to have been longer. Up until I wrote the last chapter I was having a lot of fun with it, but you know what they say, all good things must end. Extending the story even one more chapter would have done nothing to advance the plot. In fact, it would have just added fluff.
Take heart, the Rhea sisters will be back in Book 2 of The Sara Rhea Chronicles in 2016. Stay tuned for updates on a release date.
About Jaimie Hope
Jaimie Hope was born November 3, 1976, in New York. It wasn't until high school, where she joined the newspaper staff, that she decided she wanted to be a writer. After graduation, the author went to college and received an Associate's degree in 1999. In 2002, she moved to Florida where she was an active volunteer in the local historical society and the Deltona Regional Library. In 2006, she moved back to New York where she released her first Children's book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie. She followed it with a Young Adult novel, Bless The Broken Road. She also published her autobiography, Roll With It. She is planning to re-release book one of her New Adult Romance/Paranormal trilogy, The Sara Rhea Chronicles: The Road That Leads To Home and a new Children's Book series, along with releasing all her other self-published titles under her new publishing company, Back To Basics Publishing and Author Services in the fall of 2014.
About the Road that Leads to Home
Sara's life was going along peacefully until she got the early morning phone call that changed everything. Now she finds herself heading back where she began, home. Not only does she have to deal with a difficult older sister and helping to keep the family's inn afloat, Sara has to work alongside her high school sweetheart who still looks as gorgeous as ever and her feelings that she saw all this coming. Her dreams and nightmares seem to come true right before her eyes. It has to all be a coincidence, doesn't it?