Ten fun facts about the book
1) Secret Sisters Club was written AFTER Trouble Blows West
2) Heart of the Wests (Ginnie’s home) is a real place in Ohio.
3) The blonde girl on the cover (Gracie–who is modeling for Ginnie) lives in the real West Farmhouse.
4) The brunette girl on the cover (Jessie–who is modeling for Tillie)–is Gracie’s cousin in real life.
5) There are real goats, chickens, cattle, dogs, cats, turkeys, ducks on the real West farm–but NO horses.
6) Queenie West’s (Ginnie’s mom) personality is based on Gracie and Jessie’s grandmother. Gracie looks very much like her–just as Ginnie looks like her mom.
7) I spent a lot of time at the “real Wests” farm–as a teenager–babysitting the kids that lived there–especially Gracie and Jessie’s dads–and their aunt.
8) Gracie and Jessie’s cousins grew up on a different farm I mention in the books: Chandler’s Crossing–Toran and Ginnie’s friend, Austin’s home. 🙂
9) Gracie and Jessie’s grandpa and grandma were my 4H leaders as well as my friends.
10) I raised a lamb named Appomattox (because I was fascinated with the Civil War) on the real West farm and showed it at fair as a teen.
1) Ginnie–if I could cast a girl as Ginnie in a movie today–it would be Gracie on the cover. Gracie has a fun personality and an impish grin.
2) Tillie–if I could cast a girl as Tillie–it would be Jessie on the cover. The 2 of them just did a beautiful picture shoot that embraced the essence of Ginnie and Tillie.
3) Uncle Ben–i always picture Bruce Boxleitner I enjoyed him as a kid on a show called “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “Babylon 5”–recenty he has been featured on Supergirl and he was the actor who played the main character on the original movie, Tron.
4) I would love to see Bruce’s ex-wife, Melissa Gilbert as Aunt Sadie –I loved her as a kid as Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie
5) Ginnie’s dad Todd–my first inspiration for Todd was John Schneider–Bo Duke from Dukes of Hazzard. John would be too old to play Ginnie’s dad if it was filmed today–but he was the original dad image, when I dreamed Ginnie up years ago.
6) Uncle Jake–I could see Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo) from NCIS playing a contemporary Uncle Jake–minus the 3 piece suits.
7) Miss Amanda– I could see her portrayed by Emma Watson (real life Belle and Little Women)