Meet the Author of THE FINDING OF SECRETS, Dee Garretson!
Meet the third of four amazingly talented authors joining the Swoon Reads family, Dee Garretson! We were transported and transfixed by her compelling historical novel about spy intrigue, a clever young woman and a (super-hot) American cowboy set against the backdrop of World War I. Don't miss The Finding of Secrets!
Where did the idea for The Finding of Secrets come from?
I was completely enthralled with Downton Abbey from the moment the first episode aired. I’ve always been fascinated by history, particularly British history (my husband and I went to England for our honeymoon) and Downton Abbey brought it all together, not just the grand sweep of major events, but how everyday people lived. Since I like to write adventure stories combined with some romance, a plot dealing intrigue during World War I in Britain made perfect sense.
The Finding of Secrets is set in 1918. If you could travel to any time period which would it be?
I have a whole list! Besides the Edwardian age of The Finding of Secrets, I’d love to visit Victorian England in the 1800s. I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes stories and it would be amazing to explore London during that time period. I like to imagine the foggy gaslit streets, horse-drawn carriages, little shops full of strange objects, and a sense that the city was full of people from all over the world with their own stories waiting to be told.
Who would play your characters in a movie?
I have very specific images in my head of my characters so it’s often tough to find actors that match. The closest I’ve come for Mina is Katherine Langford. I haven’t seen her in 13 Reasons Why, but I found a photograph of her quite a while ago and thought she looks as if she could play a character from the past. Some people just have a timeless look to them. I could easily imagine her as a young woman in 1918.
For Lucas, it’s all about the smile, that grin that has been in my mind ever since he first appeared in the story. It’s a grin that shows he finds the world full of interesting possibilities and that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. There is an actor named Lucas Till who smiles just the right way. He stars in the new MacGyver TV show, but I can picture him as the Lucas in my story, an American amused by all that is English.
What makes you swoon?
My husband! The first day I met him, I came home and told my roommate I’d met the man I was going to marry. She laughed, since it was completely out of character for me, but I just knew. Swoonworthiness to me is when a person is confident enough to be more interested in you than on the impression they are making on you. There is the look they give, an awareness of wanting to know you beyond the superficialities that gets me every time. On a less intense level, I’ve also been known to swoon over a fabulous pizza. It’s my favorite food and so a good pizza can make me very happy.