How Ideas (and Friendships) Grow

by RaeAnne Thayne, author of Riverbend Road

I have been writing novels for more than twenty-five years and still find it difficult to explain how I go from the first raw idea to a finished book. I’ll be honest, it always seems a little miraculous to me—with dashes of serendipity and lots of hard work along the way!

In the case of Riverbend Road, I introduced my heroine, Wynona Bailey, in the very first chapter of the very first book in my Haven Point series, Snow Angel Cove. I didn’t know much about her, only that she was a police officer who investigates a pivotal event in Snow Angel Cove. Wyn popped in and out of the next few books in the series, but she was still mostly a mystery to me—though I threw out a few random bits of information, including one throwaway line about her boss, Cade Emmett, and a hint that maybe she had a secret crush on him.

That’s really all I knew when I started working on the idea that would evolve into Riverbend Road. I didn’t know all the difficult events that inspired Wyn to become a police officer or why she had put her own dreams on hold. I didn’t know all the hurdles Cade had overcome to earn the trust of his community—or the secrets he was compelled to keep from her. I didn’t know why they were fighting their feelings for each other or of the new threat that would face the community they were both sworn to protect.

As those ideas developed, and as the two of them came to life on the page, I grew to love both Cade and Wynona. They are two people who seem absolutely right for each other!

I suppose that’s how most friendships (and relationships, for that matter!) develop. You might know a few surface details about a person, but only over time and through shared experiences can we truly come to know their hearts.

Recently I found out that a good friend of more than three years had been married in her early twenties to a military helicopter pilot who died in a training accident two months after their wedding. All this time, and I had no idea! She is happily remarried now, with two children, and she doesn’t talk about that early trauma that must have been so pivotal to her becoming the kind and beautiful person she is today.

Have you ever thought you knew a person, only to discover they were so much more?

About Riverbend Road:

Return to Haven Point, where New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne proves there’s no sweeter place to fall in love… 

Protecting the streets of Haven Point isn’t just a job for police officer Wyn Bailey, it’s a family tradition. But lately she’s found herself wanting more, especially from her boss—and overprotective brother’s best friend—sexy chief of police, Cade Emmett. The only problem is getting Cade to view her as more than just a little sister.

Cade’s hands-off approach with Wyn isn’t from lack of attraction. But his complicated past has forced him to conceal his desire. When Wyn is harmed in the line of duty, Cade realizes the depth of his feelings, but can he let his guard down long enough to embrace the love he secretly craves?

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Comments ( 2 )
  1. Marcie R
    June 25, 2016 at 9:52 am
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    “Have you ever thought you knew a person, only to discover they were so much more?”

    Yes. But like you said, when you first meet someone you hold back on letting them no more.

    • Marcie R
      June 25, 2016 at 9:53 am
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      It would help if I spelled the word “no” as “know”.

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