The Secret Life of Daydreams by Lucinda Whitney
Six years after a painful divorce, Josh Conrad is happy traveling the world as a photographer. When he arrives in Portugal, he plans to complete the assignment as quickly as possible. What he doesn’
t plan for is Sofia, the girl he baptized eleven years earlier on an LDS mission, and soon he’s making excuses to prolong his trip.
Sofia Monteiro leads a structured life in Braga, Portugal, teaching high school by day and caring for her mother by night. After she reconnects with Josh through mutual friends, the memory of a failed relationship and her new graduate program are enough reasons to stay away from him.
As they collaborate on a project, Josh is wary of repeating his old mistakes and Sofia hesitates to spend time with an American who’s only passing through.
Can two people with wounded hearts bring themselves to trust their dreams to each other?
Lucinda Whitney was born and raised in Portugal, where she received a master’s degree from the University of Minho in Braga in Portuguese/English teaching. She’s a cancer survivor, and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Salt Lake Temple Square Visitors Center mission in Utah.
She lives in northern Utah. When she’s not reading and writing, she can be found with a pair of knitting needles in winter, or tending her herb garden in the summer. She also works part-time as a substitute teacher.
A few Q&A’s with the Author!
What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
Distraction and Super focus, which are the sides of the same coin. On one hand, I
have a hard time not getting distracted. But once I’m able to focus on a scene/chapter, I don’t want to stop.
Which of your personality traits did you write into you characters? (Deliberately or accidentally)
Josh is a photographer, and I had a photography business for a few years, and Sofia is an English teacher, which is what I did before I served a full-time mission. It wasn’t a conscious decision but it turned out convenient.
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