I'm happy to highlight Michael Ehret and his new novella, Coming Home: A Tiny House Collection.
I have to admit I enjoy watching Tiny House Hunters and Tiny House Living on HGTV
So this means that Michael's novella from, A Tiny House collection, has moved up on my TBR list. :)
Michael, tell us how you got the idea for Coming Home.
This Book Came As A Surprise
I wasn't expecting to write a novella for a collection with six of my writing friends. Heck, I wasn't expecting to write a novella!
But the idea was floated for a collection themed around the tiny house phenomenon and it seemed like fun. Then came deciding what my story would be about and how to incorporate the theme.
Not as easy as it may sound. I'm a Seat Of The Pants (SOTP) writer. I sit down at the computer, open a Word document, and start writing.
However, when we decided we wanted to do this collection, my wife and I had just finished touring the Tiny House Road Show when it stopped here in Indianapolis. On a subsequent weekend trip to Cincinnati, we brainstormed a couple ideas about how the story could be approached.
What if the man in the story was a writer for an architectural journal who thought himself too sophisticated to do a story on tiny houses? What if the woman was the president of a company building tiny houses with the idea to use the proceeds to battle homelessness? Then, what if both of these people had experienced homelessness in different forms and it had drastically affected their lives, but in different, opposite ways?
But I still couldn’t seem to get the story started. One day, I was driving around the Northside of Indianapolis, near where I work. It was an area I drive through several times during every week. This time I spot a street sign for Timberly Drive and the voice of my female character just pops into my mind and starts talking.
I’m just going to put it out there. My name’s Timberly. Yeah, Timberly. Get over it. I did long ago, okay? What can a girl say? My father, the dealmaker, cut what he called a “win-win” with my mother. Trouble is, there were three people in the deal and only two of them “won-won.”
From there the story began to unfold. A theme paragraph emerged: Homelessness expanded her world and constricted his. Now she needs his help, but he only remembers the pain. Can they find big love in a tiny house?
And I was all set to write. Or so I thought. I needed one more element. What would bring these two together? What interest might they have in common?
e is a reporter from Chicago who specializes in writing about architecture and has a degree to back it up from Purdue University. The other lives in Indianapolis and builds tiny houses, which are dedicated to functionality, form, and storage. Hey, wait, that sounds sort of like famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s work from his Usonian period.
And just like that God dropped the final piece in my lap. Unbeknownst to me until that very moment, one of the last Usonian style homes Wright built was in West Lafayette, just a block from the Purdue University campus. And West Lafayette is about halfway between Chicago and Indianapolis. And that home, Samara, is open for tours.
And that’s how “Big Love,” my novella in the Coming Home: A Tiny House Collection, came to be.
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Question: Could you live in a tiny house? Why or why not?
Michael Ehret has accepted God's invitation to write with Him and is also a freelance editor at WritingOnTheFineLine.com. In addition, he's worked as editor-in-chief of the ACFW Journal magazine for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), was editor-in-chief of the Christian Writers Guild, and he pays the bills as a marketing communications writer. Michael sharpened his writing and editing skills as a reporter for The Indianapolis News and The Indianapolis Star.
He’s been married for 36 years to Deb and they have three children, one dog (a miniature Schnauzer named Baxter), and a granddog. Since he writes fiction by the seat of his pants, who knows what’s next?
Michael, thank you for sharing your story.
You asked, Could you live in a tiny house? Why or why not?
I like to look at tiny houses but I could live in one. Not enough storage,
and the bathrooms are too small.
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Could you live in a tiny house? Why or why not?
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