I am delighted today to welcome Rachel Fordham to the blog today to share some behind-the-scenes trivia for her new book Yours Truly, Thomas!
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2019
For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more–a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.
Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn’t expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.
When Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring–perhaps too much–for the one who wrote it.
Ten Pieces of Trivia You’re Just Dying to Know
1. Yours Truly, Thomas takes place between the ending of The Hope of Azure Springs and the epilogue. I chose this time frame because I decided to have Eliza’s story play a secondary role in the book and I didn’t want her to be too old for the storyline to work.
2. The idea for the dead letter office portion of the book came to me while touring an old post office in the Midwest. The tour guide talked about bags of mail being sent there and I knew I wanted to learn more. I had so many fun pieces of dead letter office trivia that I wanted to include but couldn’t fit it all.
3. Penelope’s name was inspired from a nickname we used to call my sister Stephanie. She didn’t like it as a kid but hopefully she’ll think it’s fun to read now as an adult.
4. In order to write Thomas’s character, I read up on the stages of grief and tried to capture some of the emotions in the different scenes. I enjoyed showing his journey as he came to accept the past.
5. CS Lewis wrote a book about pain that I LOVE. He talks a lot about us as mere mortals being afraid of pain and seeing it as the enemy when often pain is a tool used to help us grow. I tried to capture that idea in small ways throughout this book.
6. Yours Truly, Thomas was the fifth book I’ve written but will be my second published book. They aren’t coming out in order but it’s my hope they will all be in print someday.
7. This story went through major edits. Honey was added in later in the writing process and even then, the description of her changed throughout the process. I was nervous to write a dog. I’ve never owned a dog and wasn’t sure I could capture the essence of the human/canine bond. In the end I can’t imagine the story without her.
8. Margaret continues to be a favorite character of mine. When I write her, I get to pretend like I’m wise and eccentric and it’s just so much fun.
9. Letters are a major theme of this book. I loved the freedom it gave me to express emotion in a different way. It made me want to go and write letters to everyone I love! My husband and I do write letters to one another. We write them back and forth in a journal. We call it our “love journal.” Cheesy, I know!
10. It’s my hope that readers will close Yours Truly, Thomas with a sigh and a greater resolve to cherish all that’s good in life despite the inevitable storms of life.
thank you so much, Rachel! I’m always fascinated by ‘dead letters’ and I’m looking forward to reading this book!
Rachel Fordham is the author of The Hope of Azure Springs and Yours Truly, Thomas. She started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She’d pull a book from the shelf, but they’d insist she make one up. Finally, she paired her love of good stories with her love of writing and hasn’t stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.
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What about you? Which behind-the-scenes fact about Yours Truly, Thomas interested you the most?