My Biggest Question

So everyone keeps asking me how I got the idea for The Promise. So, here goes.

I was driving home from work and it was late and I was tired. The traffic by the lake was ridiculous as usual. People just love to slow down to see the boats on the water, clogging up the interstate in the process. Sorry, had to get that out. It's one of my pet peeves living close to Lake Norman.

Anyway, I remember I turned on the raido and the song "Not Meant To Be" by Theory of A Deadman was playing and I just happened to glance up and see New Salem. It was a tiny little neighborhood I'd passed countless times, but never really paid attention until that moment for some reason. The name stuck with me and a few minutes later when I passed by the graveyard, I got this imagae of girl sitting beside a grave. My first thought was why is she sitting there all by herself?

When I got home, I wrote my random thought of a girl in graveyard, New Salem on a bright pink sticky note and stuck it to the wall beside my computer. Over the next few days, I just kept getting more and more random thoughts and putting them on stickies. Before the week was out I had a wall of pink, yellow, blue, and purple that turned out to be the rough outline of a book. I still have every single one of those sticky

Then came the

I still remember going into the library and asking the poor little woman behind the desk if she had any books on Wiccan initiation ceremonies. She had to be seventy if she was a day. Her mouth looked like it was trying to say something as she stared at me like I'd just sprouted She finally managed to choke out, no, they did not carry anything like that. She still looks at me strangely every time I go I ended up Googling things and buying books from Amazon.

Three months later, I had my book ready to start polishing.

And that is how The Promise came to be. It was my little sticky note idea that turned into a story that just had to be told. I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Apryl Baker


  1. Apryl, thank you so much for sharing this with us. I just love to hear when other authors write in the "witch and magic" genre for mine is in that, too! Let's watch it grow! <3

    PS--I love your book trailer!

    Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?
    YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming fall of 2011!

  2. I know exactly the spot you mention at Lake Norman. I live in the foothills of NC. Loved the discription of how your book got started.