ALONE is an inspirational romantic suspense novel by SM Ford. It came out in June, but today, she’ll be answering my five little questions…
There’s always one part of a novel that asks more of us than the rest, which part of your novel was the hardest for you to write?
The scene where my main character is attacked was the hardest to write. Especially how to make it feel real, but not gratuitous. By contrast having the main character faint is an experience I’ve had several times in my life, so that was easy.
Tell us about the cover… Who designed it? What was the process like? Any cute little tidbits that tie just right?
Amanda Matthews at http://amdesignstudios.net/ designed the cover. She contacted me via email with questions about the title, the tag line, where the book is set, the main character’s dress, and others. I answered those and about a week letter got another email that said, “One last question. What is the murder weapon?” It made me laugh—how fun to get that question in an email. I answered and Amanda used a myrtlewood letter opener on the cover. Eleven days later, I had this beautiful cover.
Sometimes, words don’t come out the way we mean, what’s the weirdest typo you’ve ever made?
I wish I could point to some malapropism, but can’t. I find cell phone autocorrects more memorable than my typos on a computer—they’re often hilarious. I know I leave out small words, but that’s not very weird. I think you have me stumped with this question.
We’ve all fantasised about this at some point, so who do you imagine playing the lead characters in a movie of your book?
Another toughie, the two that pop to mind for Cecelia, my heroine, would have to dye their hair. Of course, Karen Gillan has shaved her lovely red hair off, so dying it wouldn’t be bad, and there are always wigs. The other is Carey Mulligan. Hmm, why am I choosing ones from across the pond?
Okay, for the guys…for Simon Lindley, it’d have to be a younger Matthew McConaughey. For Mark, a younger Keanu Reeves, or perhaps a Brit—Orlando Bloom or Colin Morgan. Better quit on this topic, or I’ll be on the internet looking at faces all day!
Lastly, if you could set foot anywhere in the world at any era, where and when would you most like to visit?
Only one? Grin. I like so many places and am interested in many eras. I guess I’d have to say Africa for a photoshoot safari in the now, because I do love my creature comforts. Although, if I can add a fictional place it would be King Arthur’s Britain to meet author Mary Stewart’s Merlin. Now that’s a book series I wish they’d do as movies.
Wonderful answers. I simply adore your cover. And I love Karen Gillan’s acting, she’d make a great Cecelia!
Ready for adventure in the snowy Colorado mountains, Cecelia Gage is thrilled to be employed as the live-in housekeeper for her favorite bestselling author. The twenty-five-year old doesn’t count on Mark Andrews being so prickly, nor becoming part of the small town gossip centering on the celebrity. Neither does she expect to become involved in Andrews family drama and a relationship with Simon Lindley, Mark’s oh so good-looking best friend. And certainly, Cecelia has no idea she’ll be mixed up in a murder investigation because of this job.
Will Cecelia’s faith in God get her through all the trouble that lies ahead?
SM Ford writes inspirational fiction for adults, although teens may find the stories of interest, too.
When she was thirteen, she got hooked on Mary Stewart’s romantic suspense books, although she has been a reader as long as she can remember, and is an eclectic reader. Inspirational authors she enjoys include: Francine Rivers, Bodie Thoene, Dee Henderson, Jan Karon, and many more.
SM Ford is a Pacific Northwest gal, but has also lived in the midwest (Colorado and Kansas) and on the east coast (New Jersey). She and her husband have two daughters and two sons-in-law and three grandsons. She can’t figure out how she got to be old enough for all that, however.
She also loves assisting other writers on their journeys.