Jennifer: When I started looking, that's when I discovered there was this whole hidden, anonymous world of the seamstresses and embroiderers. Their stories had never been told. That's where I knew I found my book.
Claire: We’re all constantly fighting the chaos that just comes into life naturally. My house, every day, I clean it. At the end of the day, it is a mess. You can let it be a mess or you just constantly work at keeping the chaos at bay. That's part of our human experience is learning how to make the most of the space that we have, whether that's creatively as a novelist trying to make things work, or in the military, constantly fighting against enemies that would like to make our country less safe, or in the case of that character, shaving every day just to keep your performance and your face looking professional.
Kate: I have an idea for my third book in my mind. The way it’s worked for me is characters take up residence in my mind for about six months to a year before I ever write a word. If they stick around that long, then I know that has to be the book. My retelling of Jane Eyre was like that. I didn't let myself write anything because I was going to finish If, Then.
Celeste: It’s interesting because I always think what do people who aren’t writers, how do they process all the things that happens in their lives? When they watch other people or they watch their family members or friends, they're like, you're doing something really different from what I’m doing. How do they make sense of that? For me, it’s on the page. I always wonder how people who aren’t writers, and I guess aren’t therapists, deal with that.
Nell: When someone dies and you realize that there was this time that you had that you could've -- at this point, we’ve all lost a friend in a more permanent way. You realize, “God. There were all those nights. What was I doing when I could've been out with him or her?” It seems incredible at this age when suddenly someone's life is cut short.
Lynda: During World War II, of course as we all know with the Rosie the Riveter stuff, so many women worked in the defense plants. I started the researching the armory. I thought I knew what was going to happen. I thought I was going to have this character. I just wanted to know what job she would have. I was going to do a little bit of research. That was going to be it.