John Sanford drew inspiration for his 24th and final book, the autobiographical"A Palace of Silver," from his own life and marriage to Marguerite "Maggie" Roberts. The title of the book was inspired by Song of Solomon 8:9, which reads"we will build upon her a palace (or battlement) of silver." It is a reference to Sanford's wife as the rock and foundation for the book.
"A Palace of Silver" was written after Roberts' death and explores themes of loneliness and age. However, there is also an emphasis on the good times that Sanford shared with his wife when she was alive and the book strikes a balance between loss and lamentation on the one hand, and celebration and humor on the other.
Sanford reverently featured Roberts in several of his books following her death, including the critically well-received "Maggie: A Love Story." Robertshad been highly encouraging of Sanford's writing career from the beginning, having urged him to quit their shared industry of screenwriting and pursue what she believed to be his true calling in books. Roberts was so assured of Sanford's talent that she promised to financially support both he and his father, keeping herpromiseeven while Sanford failed to garner much commercial success. Sanford, who died after the 2003 publication of "A Palace of Silver," has many admirers in literary circles who continue to raise awareness of his works.