Things That Surprise

An excerpt from Paul Dimond’s in-depth interview with Jorie from Jorie Loves a Story: Conversations with the Bookish, June 8, 2017.

Jorie asks, “Did anything surprise you as you were writing The Belle of Two Arbors?

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Yes. No. Maybe . . . What to Include?

An excerpt from Paul Dimond’s in-depth interview with Jorie from Jorie Loves a Story: Conversations with the Bookish, June 8, 2017.

Jorie asks, “Was there anything in your research you were unable to broach inside the novel? How did you pick and choose what to highlight and use as you wrote the novel?”

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A Woman Ahead of Her Time

An excerpt from Paul Dimond’s in-depth interview with Jorie from Jorie Loves a Story: Conversations with the Bookish, June 8, 2017.

Jorie asks, “Given the timeline of Belle’s story, how did you approach bridging her independent ideals and her fortitude against moments in history where women were challenged the most for having an independent mind? What did you want reader's to take away most by Belle’s example?”

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A Sense of Place

An excerpt from Paul Dimond’s in-depth interview with Jorie from Jorie Loves a Story: Conversations with the Bookish, June 8, 2017.

Jorie asks, “The landscape inside the novel is of little outside knowledge to those who neither have visited Michigan nor contemplated visiting the state. How did you want to entreat readers to understand the landscape as a part of the cultural heritage of the area being discussed? How did you make it feel as tangible as you did, as a living presence of where someone ‘could have’ lived?”

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Creating Authentic Voices

An excerpt from Paul Dimond’s in-depth interview with Jorie from Jorie Loves a Story: Conversations with the Bookish, June 8, 2017.

Jorie asks, “How did you approach the authentic voice of the real persons who appear in the novel alongside Belle? How did you give gravity to their truths whilst honing in on Belle’s journey?”

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