Thank you Debra for joining us again today to share little back story about the book!
Check Out is set in the town I have called home for the last 23 years. Bartlett, TN.
In Check Out the heroine is a Bartlett librarian named Betsy who has a younger sister named Leann. One year I was attending Book Stock, which is an annual book signing event that raises funds for the Memphis and Shelby County library system of which the Bartlett Library is a part. The organizer came up to my table and said, "Did you know Bartlett has a librarian named Leann?"
Well, as it turns out, the Bartlett library has had three librarians named Leann. I think with this many Leann's it was inevitable that a Leann would make it into the book. Perhaps these things happen subconsciously with authors or perhaps our imaginations tap into something that is meant to be in our books.
In Check Out, Betsy and Nash go on their first date to a Vietnamese restaurant named Saigon Lee (which used to be one of my favorite restaurants) and their date is interrupted by a frightened phone call from Leann.
Since the book came out, Saigon Lee burnt down and was not reopened. I was teaching a writing workshop locally when one of my out of town students told me they went to Saigon Lee for dinner the night before only to find it had burnt down. So I now include a note in the back of the books to give my readers a heads up in case they plan to go looking for it.
The Electric Cowboy where Betsy and Leann and Nash and his veteran buddies go country line dancing has changed its name, but the Bartlett, TN library is still in operation and you can still get a slice of pizza at Midtown Pizza.
Check Out was written for a military romance anthology my third publisher, Secret Cravings was putting out, but the publisher closed before the book was released. There I was with an edited book ready to go. This was one of the things that nudged me to open my own small boutique publishing company, Belo Dia Publishing Incorporated.
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