This post was inspired by Victoria Lynn, my fellow author and friend. Also, I think Abigayle Claire, author of Martin Hospitality (a book I keep meaning to buy a copy of and read), did something like this? I can’t remember.
Anyway, lots of people inspired me to do this (although Victoria was the main one), and … I loved the idea, so here goes.
Y’all know that’s how blogging works for me …
Also, sorry about the post being out late. I was busy yesterday watching Pirates of the Caribbean. *nods*
But isn’t Keira Knightley gorgeous, though!? Admit it. You think she is …
- I first got the idea for TDS in the summer of 2014. It barely resembled the current novel.
- Originally, Alice and Ivy were Alicia and Evette.
- And the book was set in France.
- My idea was for a trilogy. The books went like this: The Dressmaker, The Dressmaker’s Secret, and The Dressmaker’s Legacy.
- I didn’t outline TDS. I just brainstormed a little and started writing.
- When the first draft was completed (at the end of November 2014), it was 36,000 words long.
- The character of Hazel (Mrs. Knight) popped up mid-draft. I have no idea why, but she just appeared.
- Alice was originally six. I decided that that was simply too young and moved the beginning of story from 1868 to 1870.
- I felt so bad for Miss Chattoway that I decided to rewrite the ending. I did this five times (counting this last revision).
- After the third revision, the draft was 65,000 words. Now it’s a little over 50,000.
- I drew a great deal of inspiration from Carrie Underwood’s See You Again and the Everly Brother’s Crying in the Rain during the first four revisions.
- However, during this last revision, the theme song has become White Horse by Taylor Swift.
- I hadn’t originally planned to include a dog, a couple cats, and lots of horses in TDS. It just happened.
- I didn’t include a border collie, though. Which is weird for me. That has to wait for Beyond Her Calling. (His name is Bean!)
- Although this book was hard to write and took years to edit, it’s still one of my favorites that I’ve written.
- Returning to the characters is like returning to old friends.
- I don’t know where the original idea came from, although writing about a mission to find one’s parents has always fascinated me.
- I never intended to write about Ivy, so her personality was noticeably absent in many drafts of TDS.
- Miss Chattoway was supposed to have a personality similar to that of Miss Elton, only a lot more socially adept.
- But that personality didn’t work out, obviously. Miss Chattoway just became her secretive self.
- Little Ned Knight’s original name was Henri. He was only two years younger than Alice and Ivy.
- I wrote the prologue just before my final draft. There was much inner debate as to whether it should remain or not.
- I can never decide what Miss Chattoway’s personality type is (as in Myers-Briggs). I think ISTJ, INTJ, INTP, or ISTP. But I’m not sure.
- But I have figured out to MBTI types of almost all the other characters.
- I never planned on this book being anything but a stopping place on the way to better books. But it has become so much more, and I’m so glad I decided to focus on these lovely characters for a time.
There ya go! 25 facts about TDS. I hope you enjoyed them. 🙂
Before you go … you can still sign up for the blog tour of The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective! I won’t be shutting signups down until mid-June at the latest. I’d love to have as many bloggers as possible involved. In fact, at the moment I have a little bit of a blogger shortage going on. 😛
Anywho, you can sign up here.
See ya Saturday!
What did you think of this post? Was it boring or interesting? Would you like to see something like this for other novels I’ve written? Is 25 facts too much? How many facts did you already know?