At right: Author on a research trip to a lavender farm.
I had envisioned my novels as a series from the beginning, but the floral motif didn’t come about until I was doing research for Fireweed Glow. Hiking around the devastated Mount St. Helens region, my daughter Andrea and I came upon a field of stunning fuchsia flowers neither of us had seen before. A ranger explained that the fireweed plant was one of the first colonizers of the scorched landscape and was instrumental in the reforestation process.
It was a “daffodils” moment for me. Like Wordsworth,
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
From that moment, I knew that flowers would play an important part in the plotting of the Flowers of the Field series. An abundance of flowers has appeared in all the books so far.
The series name itself comes from scripture verses found in Isaiah 40 and echoed in the New Testament:
All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
But the word of our God endures forever. (paraphrased)
In Torrie’s search for the truth, she is often confronted by Truth with a capital T, but is not quite ready to embrace it fully. Those elements are a vital part of the series story arc.
Torrie’s adventures are family friendly. For readers searching for an intriguing mystery without the violence, sex, and gore present in so many modern novels, this is the series you have been looking for.
Currently, only the most recent book, Bluebonnet Meltdown: The Hammer in the Stone is available for purchase. The first two are being rewritten, republished, and will be re-rereleased under the Facets Press imprint. They will be available in print and ebook formats, along with Lavender Deception once it is completed. Target date is sometime in 2017.