Initially, I wanted to write a novel about friendship. Specifically, childhood friendships that turned into adult friendships and how they transitioned and changed throughout the years. I wanted to see what would happen if something forced two childhood friends to work out whatever problems they had as adults. I knew the main character would be stuck in the past because the story would essentially be about how she finally moves forward with her life. I wanted to give her a huge obstacle that would be the ultimate test of friendship and forgiveness.
Marlo Spencer is the heroine of my novel, True Love Way, and she loves everything retro. She's someone who thinks she should have been born in another decade, probably the forties or fifties. Marlo is an old soul, so she's very enthusiastic about the past. Particularly, she loves old TV shows and films and oldies music. Marlo is definitely an individual and not afraid to be passionate about stuff that other people may not understand. She feels an affinity in her heart for bygone eras and refuses to let go of the nostalgia.
My own love for classic TV and films and vintage memorabilia inspired me to create Marlo. Her interests are intensified versions of my own. I wanted to portray someone who believes that it's okay to be different and it's okay to love what you love, regardless of what anyone else thinks. People can be afraid to show who they truly are because they worry that they won't be accepted by others, but Marlo doesn't hide who she is from anyone. That's what her friends and family love about her.
My favorite show is I Love Lucy. I grew up watching it, and I think I got my sense of humor from Lucy. I've studied her comedy from watching the episodes over and over, and when I was a kid, I always tried to mimic her. My admiration for her runs deep, and when I watch her shows, I feel like she's a kindred spirit. It's like I should have been there and like that time period is where I belong. That's how Marlo feels, and sometimes, feeling out of place comes along with that.
Marlo and I are a lot alike, but we're different, too. Her story is completely fictional. None of what she goes through in True Love Way happened to me. We share similar personality traits and interests, but our stories are not the same. Marlo is quirky and sincere, and she has some growing up to do without sacrificing who she is. I think you'll enjoy going along with her on her journey.