About the Author
Lindsey P. Brackett writes southern fiction and cooks big family meals, but she complains about the dishes. Her debut novel, Still Waters, released in 2017 and was named the 2018 Selah Book of the Year. Her latest novel, The Bridge Between, released in 2019. Someday she hopes to balance motherhood and writing full-time. Until then, she’s just very grateful for her public school system.
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1. What inspired the idea for The Bridge Between?
In some ways, I unconsciously laid the groundwork for this story before I knew I was going to write it, but it actually came about because an early beta reader for Still Waters asked me to please tell Lou and David’s story.
2. How does The Bridge Between connect to Still Waters?
The Bridge Between is a follow up to my debut, Still Waters. While it can certainly be read as a stand-alone, the story picks up about four months after Still Waters ends, and rather than tell the story of a first love, this book is the story of two people who have fallen in—and out—and maybe back in—love with one another … and those people are Cora Anne’s parents, David and Lou. The story is also told from the POV of Tennessee’s mother, Grace, so you learn about his parents’ beautiful love story as well. I believe it’s a more mature take on relationships, specifically marriage, but also the relationships women have with one another such as mother/daughter, sister, and friend.
3. What did you as an author take away from writing The Bridge Between?
The more I worked on this book I realized it was really about unresolved dreams--and the more I realized that the more discovered I have some dreams that have been put on the backburner while I raise my family… but it might be time to explore some of those ideas that have never let go.
4. What is your current WIP? What can you share with us about it?
I’ve got a dual-timeline southern gothic inspirational ghost story out on submission. I know I need to trim down that description but it makes me laugh. The book is a genre shift in some ways, but I’m really excited about it. The story is the “truth” behind the legendary Green Lady of Berry College (my alma mater of course)! So we’ll see what happens. Readers keep asking for another Edisto book and I’ve got some ideas for that as well.
5. What top 5 books are currently on your TBR pile?
I went to a booksellers tradeshow recently and scored some amazing upcoming releases I can’t wait to read:
A Long Time Comin’ by Robyn Pearson
Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon
Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel
The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson
And I just finished my ARC of Sarah Loudin Thomas’s When Silence Sings. So good!
6. What is your favorite fall activity?
Hiking in the woods … unless I get the opportunity to go to the beach, which is happening RIGHT NOW because I’m on book tour! Come see me on Edisto!
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