Pat Nichols shares about things in her newest novel that came from real life

Pat Nichols is visiting Jubilee Writer once again. She has a new release in her Willow Falls Series The Trouble in Willow Falls releases this week. I think you’ll enjoy hearing how many little things from her life ended up in her novels. In years past I often wondered if writers wove snippets from their lives into their novels. When I retired from the corporate world and launched career number two as an author, details from my life somehow slipped into my stories. For example, Emily Hayes stirs vanilla creamer and honey into her coffee. I add the creamer and our daughter the honey. Rack of lamb is one of Rachel Streetman’s favorite dishes. Mine too. Although I don’t have a clue how to prepare it. In The Trouble in Willow Falls, which released November 11, Rachel orders lobster bisque and Dover sole; two of my favorite menu finds.

In The Secret of Willow Inn Emily picks up a dark-red pillow embellishing the gold bedspread in her parent’s room. An apt description of our bed—with five red pillows. Emily also mentions her mother loving books about the south, especially Eugenia Price’s novels. Who was my mother’s favorite author? You guessed it; Eugenia Price. Francine Rivers, who’s one of my favorite Christian writers, is also mentioned.

What about pets? Over the years black Labradors were part of our family. Emily’s dog Cody is a golden lab. Another golden finds its way into The Trouble in Willow Falls. My sister prefers cats, so Mittens shows up in Willow Falls book three, scheduled for release in February 2021.

Emily’s mother loved to decorate for Christmas, with lots of trees. The tradition continues at Willow Inn. Sadie’s favorite? A peacock tree. I have eleven decorated trees in my house, most of them tabletop and two only eighteen inches high. The tall tree in our living room is peacock themed, so is the fireplace mantle.

Because writers tend to write what they know, I imagine a lot of books provide glimpses into their personal worlds. Unless they write murder mysteries. So far, no dead bodies have shown up in Willow Falls. Although there is mystery and who knows what might happen in book four, which is my current work in progress, or book five.


Retired from a twenty-seven-year corporate career, Pat Nichols draws on her experience in seven different management positions working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life to create stories about women facing tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs in the pursuit of their dreams. Pat received a 2018 NGCWC Georgia Peach Awards for her short story, The Vet and Valentine’s Day, and a 2019 NGCWC Georgia Peach Award for Willow Falls series book three. She received the 2017 CRWNA Woman of the Year Award and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. She has been featured on WATC Television Atlanta Alive and in Voyager Magazine

The Trouble in Willow Falls and The Secret of Willow Inn are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas:


How many of you who write novels have added things to your story world from real life?