Happy Accidents in Novel Writing

First blooms in my garden and my first character . . .

Tenafly Road

Forget-Me-Not plants symbolize true love. The forget-me-not flowers are a medium, "true blue". And as the name suggests, they are given or used to decorate gifts with the hope the recipient will not forget the giver. It also symbolizes faithful love and memories.

Forget-Me-Not plants symbolize true love. The forget-me-not flowers are a medium, “true blue”. And as the name suggests, they are given or used to decorate gifts with the hope the recipient will not forget the giver. It also symbolizes faithful love and memories.

There’s a Forget-Me-Not theme that runs through my novels. When Katherine Weldon accompanies her husband John out to the western military outpost, Camp Grant, her mother, an avid gardener sends her with seeds–her favorite–Forget-Me-Nots. Katherine is the sort of young lady who hides amongst the more flamboyant girls her age and the delicate smallness of the flower suits who she is though I just figured she liked blue.

When her husband abandons her again and again either by going into the field to fight Apache or to his addiction, Katherine stands on her shabby doorstep feeling forgotten with her blue blossoms all around. But every gardener…

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