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Friday, September 24, 2021

Writing 'Close to Her Heart'

 “What it takes is to actually write: not to think about it, not to imagine it, not to talk about it, but to actually want to sit down and write. I'm lucky I learned that habit a really long time ago. I credit my mother with that. She was an English teacher, but she was a writer.” – Luanne Rice

Rice has been a regular on the New York Times’ Bestseller List, her work translated into 26 languages and many made into movies – including for TV’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame.” 

Her novels - among which are The Lemon Orchard, Little Night, The Silver Boat, and Sandcastles - deal with love, family, nature and the sea.  Born in New Britain, CT, on Sept. 25, 1955 Rice got into writing early and had her first published poem (in the Hartford Courant) at age 11.  Her first short story was published in American Girl magazine when she was 15, and her debut novel, Angels All Over Town, at age 30.

As a just-beginning novelist, Rice was married to a law student and would sit in on lectures on criminal law and evidence, mesmerized by how the cases would unfold and getting ideas for her writing.  From that she developed a research and writing style that have led to her remarkable success. 
Luanne Rice

She said she enjoys doing research and also writes down her dreams – both of which make up parts of her work.  But, she said, she bases many characters on the real people she has met and is inspired by.  “While novels are fiction, mine are usually very close to my heart.”  

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