10 Quirky Facts About Fairly Safe

10 Quirky Facts About Fairly Safe

  1. I didn’t know I was writing a book when I began Fairly Safe. At the time I was convalescing on the couch from Lyme disease, and scribbling down funny thoughts because I was bored to tears, and too exhausted to do anything else.
  2. While listening to a song by The Ting Tings called That’s Not My Name, I had a vision of young children jumping on a bed, joyfully belting out the song. That ended up being a scene in the middle of the book. Who knew?
  3. All of the fairs in Fairly Safe are real. I’ve attended most of them, in addition to an assortment of carnivals and festivals. I try to go to a new one every year.
  4. The confusion experienced by the person waking up in a hospital (no spoiler alert necessary) is very realistic, and based on my own personal experience. Although I’ve had Lyme disease, my month-long hospitalization was due to a drunk unable to control his car. Don’t drive drunk. Period.
  5. Every year I looked forward to the Colchester Lions Club Carnival on the green in the middle of our small Connecticut town. I clearly remember the excitement of driving towards the colorful lights. I hope you get to go to the fair this year.
  6. The parking lot in the chapter, The Reunion, comes from the Skowhegan Faire, which I attended while visiting my grandmother in Madison, Maine in the 70s.
  7. To show how things change during the span of Fairly Safe, the 1938 Minimum Wage was $0.25/hour, but the 1998-2002 Minimum Wage was $5.15/hour.
  8. For your edification, Blond is an adjective describing various shades of yellow hair, BUT Blonde is a noun, a person with various shades of yellow hair. I hope the world stops trying to “correct” my correct use of the words.
  9. The Perseids are an annual meteor shower visible from the northern hemisphere around the second week of August. On a moonless night, it is not unusual to witness y or more shooting stars, depending on your location. If you live where you can see them, go put it on your calendar now.
  10. Fairfield County in Connecticut, where you can find Westport, Ridgefield, Wilton, Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich, is nicknamed The Gold Coast because of its affluence.