Saturday, December 22, 2018

0 Lurlene McDaniel, author of THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART, on integrating research into the plot line

We're thrilled to have Lurlene McDaniel stop by to share more about her latest novel, THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART.

Lurlene, what was your inspiration for writing THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART? 

The opportunity to showcase the plight of the Tennessee Walking Horse and the issue of "soring."

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? 

The night long vigil with Kenzie and Austin and the ailing horse.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa? 


How long did you work on THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART? 

Approximately 10 months, from basic research to delivering completed novel to my editor.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself? 

How to integrate research into plot line in an interesting way. And that every book has its own issues. No cookie cutter way to write a novel.

What do you hope readers will take away from THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART? 

Life is a gift and always worth living!

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it? 

A love of horses and rehabilitation of abused and neglected horses.

What's your writing ritual like?

No distractions. 

Do you listen to music? 

Only when I'm not trying to write. 

Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc? 

I work in my home office.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers? 

If possible, write every day.

What are you working on now? 

A long vacation!


The Girl with the Broken Heart
by Lurlene McDaniel
Delacorte Press
Released 12/18/2018

Kenzie Caine is enrolled at Vanderbilt University, with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. When she lands a summer job caring for and helping to rehabilitate abused horses at the Bellmeade Estate stables, she is over-the-moon happy. One place she does not want to be is at home with her parents. Since the tragic death of Kenzie's younger sister, her mother has unraveled and her father has lost Kenzie's trust.

At the stables, Kenzie is in her element. But a serious heart condition limits her ability to complete the more physical aspects of the job, so her employers have tasked the charming Austin Boyd with helping her. But Austin has secrets. And as Kenzie and Austin become closer, those secrets threaten to harm their relationship, as well as reveal other startling truths.

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Lurlene McDaniel began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. “I want kids to know that while people don’t get to choose what life gives to them, they do get to choose how they respond,” she has said. Her novels are hard-hitting and realistic, but also leave readers with inspiration and hope. McDaniel’s bestselling books have received acclaim from readers, teachers, parents, and reviewers. They include The Year of Luminous Love and its companion, The Year of Chasing Dreams; Don’t Die, My Love; Till Death Do Us Part; and many more. Lurlene McDaniel lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Visit her online at and on Facebook and follow her on Twitter at @Lurlene_McD.


Have you had a chance to read THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART yet? Is there a non-writing topic that inspires you to write? Do you try to write every day? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, and Kelly

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