Debbie's Blog - Season 2, Episode 9: Point of No Return
One of the questions I’m asked most often has to do with the differences in story lines between the books and the television series. My readers are surprised that the storylines from the series don't follow the books more closely.
The best way I can think to explain it is to remind my readers that books and television are two completely different mediums. In the television series we have Andie and Dylan and they are the stars. Every episode must revolve around the two of them. Think of the TV series as a wheel with Andie and Dylan at the center. The different plot lines and characters are the spokes but everything moves back to the center.
My books weren't set up that way. When I wrote this series, I never dreamed or imagined that one day they would find their way onto the small screen. While Olivia is mentioned in every book and is often a key figure, she isn't the focal point of the story.
The book titles are all addresses: 16 Lighthouse Road, 204 Rosewood Lane, etc. (Notice the first number in the address denotes the number in the series--very clever don't you think?) The reason behind this is to tell the reader in advance that the story will revolve around the person living at this address.
If I compare the television series to a wheel with spokes then I would say that the book series is like pieces of a jig saw puzzle; each book in the series connects to form a picture, and hopefully one that leaves the reader with a sense of life in a small town.