Sound intriguing? If only. I would have liked to have met Grace Kelly – a.k.a. Princess Grace of Monaco. From afar, she was a beautiful and classy woman. I was stunned right along with the rest of the world when we learned of her death in 1982.
I had no idea back then that I would be a writer, much less that the circumstances of her death would inspire a book. All I knew was that I was intrigued by her daughter Stephanie. Seventeen at the time, Stephanie was in the car with Grace when it tumbled over a cliff. In the months and years that followed, Stephanie acted out royally (no pun intended). The psychologist in me knew that being in that car at the time of her mother’s death might be cause enough for acting out – but what if she had been the one at the wheel? What if the guilt she felt was behind that misbehavior?
The Secret Between Us takes those issues of guilt and misbehavior and applies them to an accident that, though involving a car, is very different from that one that occurred in Monaco in 1982. Grace Kelley was my springboard, but the book takes off on its own. I warrant a guess that the goodies emerging from Sugar-On-Main, the bakery in The Secret Between Us, are very different from goodies in a Monegasque patisserie.
What a loss for the people of Europe. I can’t imagine a life without SoMA Stickies. Yes, I know. We’re supposed to watch our weight. But I’d skip every other starch in the course of a day just to indulge in a SoMa Sticky.
No, my dilemma is not whether to warm one up and alternate heavenly bites with sips of fresh-brewed coffee. It’s how to write my next book without the sight, smell, and taste of Sugar-on-Main!