In my previous newsletters, I’ve talked about a new novel (which will be soon, I promise), or the seasons or my book tour, so you may ask what prompted me to create an app?
I was inspired by the wildflower-garden scene in COMING UP FOR AIR with the mother and daughter (Lily and Ellie). You can read it if you click here.
You see, every wildflower has a meaning and you by sending a particular flower to someone it can carry a special message: Love, Encouragement; Hope; Luck – they are all captured inside the wildflowers. You can say what you want with a flower.
I met with some app developers (a whole new thing to me after working with editors, publishers and agents through the years) and told them that I want to create something that my readers could use to share special feelings with friends. I want people to be able to use this app to send a wildflower to a friend while standing in the grocery store line or in-between life’s busiest moments. I want to create an easy way to reach out and let a friend or loved one know you’re thinking of them.
And WILDFLOWERS is just that easy, allowing you to send wildflowers by email, Facebook, or, for those friends who also have WILDFLOWERS installed, app-to-app.
Together with my friends at Chronicle, Tom Bell and Jamie Allen, I brainstormed and talked about this idea for months. We brought Armchair Media on board and Stefan Kjartansson, a graphic designer extraordinaire, took this idea and conceived vivid and spectacular wildflowers based on a fusion of Japanese woodcuts and Scandinavian patterns – they are gorgeous in all the best ways.
Sending a virtual wildflower -- A simple gesture. A kind gesture.
Enjoy it here. I’d love to hear how you shared these wildflowers with your friends.
---Patti Callahan Henry
COMING UP FOR AIR Available in Paperback on May 22nd
COMING UP FOR AIR, which was released in hardcover last August of will be available in paperback on May 22nd.
On the coast of Alabama, there is a house cloaked in mystery, a place that reveals the truth and changes lives...
Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband – between her reality and the woman she wants to be – she doesn’t quite seem to fit into her own life.