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Goodreads asked Anne Schroeder:

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

Anne Schroeder I grew up a few miles from the Cholama Valley (modern day Parkfield, CA,) so I was familiar with the setting. The idea came from seeing a young girl's tombstone (Nettie Imus) in the Santa Cruz Cemetery. And later, on a horseback ride through Cholama Valley, her brother and sister's tombstones in the Imusdale Cemetery. I wanted to write the story about them, but the radio shock jock, Don Imus, is a relative and I didn't want to incur his wrath, so I wrote about a fictional family and put the Imuses in as authentic historical characters. I had so much fun writing this story! And now I'm working on book #3 of the series. Book # 2, Maria Ines, will be out later this year.

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