There's an interview with NY Times Bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank up on A Good Blog Is Hard to Find about her latest novel, Bulls Island. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Bulls Island is one of the few protected, pristine barrier islands left on the SC coast:
Q. What was the inspiration for Bulls Island?
A. Inspiration for BULLS ISLAND arrived the same as it did for my otherbooks - it's that little voice in your head that says What if? I wasreading something in the NY Times about protected islands beingdecommissioned and made available for public use and I thought well,
that could never happen to Bulls Island. Or what if it did? And how
could that actually unfold?
Then I started thinking about the story and knew it should be a struggle
to save it, to preserve its pristine habitats, and that the struggle
should expand to the people determined to develop it versus the people
to whom it was unclear if this was a sound idea - was it environmentally
ethical? Or was it just another case of greed? And what if those opposing teams were comprised of star crossed lovers, long separated and perhaps by a tragedy? What if they happened to bump into each other across a conference table?
And what if every character in the story had a secret - some bull they
were hiding and on the bull scale it could go from zero to a billion?
That's how the process starts . . .
Read the full interview here.