Lindsey, welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday.
Award-winning writer Lindsey P. Brackett once taught middle grades literature, but now she writes her own works in the midst of motherhood.
Still Waters, influenced by her family ties to the South Carolina Lowcountry, is her debut novel. A story about the power of family and forgiveness, it’s been called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing.”
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What inspires you?
Lindsey: When it comes to writing, I’m inspired by all the little things. A sunset on the water, the pasture grass waving in the breeze, a little house on a little road outside a little town, or a perfect moment of perfect contentment on an ordinary mundane Monday. I see story everywhere—and in every one. It’s probably cliché to say life inspires me, but it does—not the big, brassy loud moments playing out on our social media feeds. I like the small, the simple, the overlooked seconds, that strung together, make us all who we are.
The overlooked seconds. I like that.
Next question is a bit of fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Lindsey: I’d like to believe I’m goldenrod yellow—coloring a little sunshine color wherever I go. But truth is, sometimes I’m a stormy gray because I let all those little things I love to write about get to me in the most stressful ways. Good news is, yellow peeps through the gray every time.
I love this analogy. Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness. 🙂
Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Lindsey: Laura Ingalls—seriously. My dad built me a little cabin playhouse in our woods and my grandmother made me a dress. For a long time I was convinced I was born 100 years too late. But then I got a little older and realized what I wanted to be was a writer, because if I wrote stories I could live and re-live any time I wanted. That’s really why I wanted to be Laura, I wanted to tell stories that would live long after me.
I feel the same way, except I like all the modern conveniences…Thank you, Lindsey, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday. She’d also like to take this opportunity to invite you to a party!
Cora Anne Halloway has a history degree and a plan—avoid her own past despite being waitlisted for graduate school. Then her beloved grandmother requests—and her dispassionate mother insists—she spend the summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach.
Despite its picturesque setting, Still Waters haunts her with loss. Here her grandfather died, her parents’ marriage disintegrated, and as a child, she caused a tragic drowning. But lingering among the oak canopies and gentle tides, this place also tempts her with forgiveness—especially since Nan hired Tennessee Watson to oversee cottage repairs. A local contractor, but dedicated to the Island’s preservation from development, Tennessee offers her friendship and more, if she can move beyond her guilt over his father’s death.
When the family reunion brings to light Nan’s failing health, Cora Anne discovers how far Tennessee will go to protect her—and Edisto—from more desolation. Now she must choose between a life driven by guilt, or one washed clean by the tides of grace.
Award-winning writer Lindsey P. Brackett once taught middle grades literature, but now she writes her own works in the midst of motherhood. A blogger since 2010, she has published articles and short stories in a variety of print and online publications including Thriving Family, Country Extra, HomeLife, Northeast Georgia Living, Splickety Magazine, Spark Magazine, and Southern Writers Magazine.
In both 2015 and 2017, she placed in the top ten for Southern Writers Magazine Best Short Fiction. Previously, Lindsey served as Editor of Web Content for the Splickety Publishing Group, and currently she is a general editor with Firefly Southern Fiction, an imprint of LPC Books. In addition, she writes a popular column for several North Georgia newspapers.
Still Waters, influenced by her family ties to the South Carolina Lowcountry, is her debut novel. A story about the power of family and forgiveness, it’s been called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing.” A Georgia native, Lindsey makes her home—full of wet towels, lost library books, and strong coffee—at the foothills of Appalachia with her patient husband and their four rowdy children.