SLHW: Everything there is to know!
Updated: Feb 16
One mid-August hot summer night back in 2016, I was tossing and turning trying to fall asleep but failing due to that stupid disease, insomnia. Not entirely sure if it is indeed a disease, but let’s just pretend it is. Anyways, I lacked sleep, so I laid back and started counting sheep. As the fluffy white pillows, that I presume are animals, were passing me by I had a sudden character come to me like a dream, Joyce. Of course, her name was not Joyce at the time, she was merely a wealthy housewife married to another wife that made her a little crazy.
I started writing her story right away…
Okay, that’s a lie. I fell asleep, woke up, brushed my teeth, ate something and then I wrote the entry to SLHW. Joyce’s personality, at first, came out as an outgoing, spontaneous, funny, fun person. However, there was also this side of her that was dark, she was clearly depressed and lonely and trapped. While Joyce’s personality grew becoming more complex over the progression of her story, I still had a feeling that something wasn’t right. She was too vain, too all over the place, and not like the woman I saw in my dream. So, I decided to write a short intro for Joyce’s novel in the perspective of Lisa; just to give Joyce’s world a bit more back story. However, Lisa’s little intro turned out to be the exact thing needed to fill in the gaps that were in Joyce’s life.
With a new perspective in the mix, the entire story as a whole started to come together. Lisa’s view made it easier to build on Joyce’s personality and reasoning behind her actions. The fact of the matter is that Joyce is a very complex character. She loves Lisa, obviously, but she also loves herself--a lot. Joyce’s actions can be a bit difficult to understand without reading the sequel which will be released September of 2019, stay tuned for more details there.
This novel and the sequel both follow a timeline that is important to the understanding of the series, so I have provided a timeline to this blog. Also, enjoy the song list. Make sure to subscribe to my website and follow me on Instagram. I will be updating with more information on the sequel as well as a few other novels I am working on at the moment.
-Mariah R. Embry