Finalist Spotlight

Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2019’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, The Lady and the Highwayman, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.

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Sarah M. Eden on her Whitney Awards Finalist novel,

Forget Me Not

What was the inspiration for your Whitney Awards finalist novel?

I have a historical romance series about a large family of brothers. “Forget Me Not” is the story of how their parents fell in love. I’ve known the basics of their story from the time I wrote the first of those brothers’ books and, from the beginning, I wanted to write their story. That brothers series is wrapping up now, so I knew it was the right time to jump back a few decades and write the story of how it all began.

What was the tipping point that turned this novel from “just an idea” to a project you HAD to complete?

The hero and heroine of “Forget Me Not” play significant roles in two of my other book series. Having them pop up there again and again drove home how much I wanted to tell the story of their beginnings and the early moments that made them the people they were and laid the foundations for their family and the many lives they influenced.

How did this book evolve into the final story? Did it end up the way you thought it would, or did the plot or characters change along the way?

I am an extensive outliner. And I plan far, far ahead. So, by the time I sat down to write this book, I knew the story very well. I knew who the characters were, what was holding them back, and the bumps in the road they would be encountering. A few of the secondary characters proved a little surprising along the way, but the bulk of the story was what I had long expected it to be.

Who is your favorite secondary character, and why?

My favorite secondary character is really a group of characters. The hero’s best friends are a group of gentlemen known as “The Gents.” They are varied and interesting, as different from each other as night and day, but as close as brothers. They were so much fun to write.

If your book was made into a movie, which scene would you want to be a background extra in?

The ball at Falstone Castle! I’d get to wear a fancy 18th century ball gown and dance the allemande! That is definitely the scene I’d want to be part of.