The Ground Rules – Behind the Scenes… the pink dress.

For me, it all started with a pink dress…


“I study the dress Claire has picked out—it’s one of my favorites, probably the favorite. It’s a fifties-era dress I spent a small fortune on at one of those posh vintage stores—pink chiffon over taffeta, a corset-like bodice with lacy straps, and a flowing skirt that falls just above the knee.

 What if we hadn’t been in that closet playing dress-up? What if Claire hadn’t picked out that dress? What if it hadn’t fit? What if…”

This was the inspiration for the ‘pink dress’ which prompts Mirella to ask her husband for a night out which sets the course for the story. This is pretty close to the dress I envisioned but the straps are a little different – in my mind, the straps are thin spaghetti straps. And of course, Mirella wears an owl brooch, not a flower pin.

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