Goodreads asked Rett MacPherson:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Rett MacPherson My most recent book is Sleeping the Churchyard Sleep. It's based loosely on my mother's childhood. She grew up dirt poor in rural West Virginia and then contracted polio at the age of ten. From there, Olivia's (my main character) life and my mother's life sort of fracture and are very different. It's more my imaginings of what her life would have been like if a number of things had happened. The mystery itself came about after several conversations with distant cousins and I wanted to convey that sense of wonder that comes with being on the outside looking in. The boarding house is based on the boarding house that my grandmother's family all worked at. It was definitely an inspired story and a total love letter to my mother's people and my Appalachian roots.

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