A town that time forgot––the eerie lore attached to a rural area that sleeps beneath Atlanta's famous man-made lake, Sidney Lanier, fascinated me. Homes, churches and businesses still linger beneath the surface. And Looper Speedway, a half-mile dirt track where bootleggers competed with their souped-up cars (in the picture below), bared its cement stands in a recent draught.
The moonshiners of the 1940's added
built-in suspense. But there's a Lady of the Lake who haunts the ghost
town too. And the lore is creepy. Swimmers get trapped among the
deadfall of sheered-off trees and town remains until they join her in
her watery grave. Even expert divers get tangled beneath the murky
surface, hence the lake's unnerving label: Lanier never gives up its
dead. The inspiration haunted me, begging for a story to be told.
a perfect setting for my romantic time-slip suspense series. Why
time-slip? Ever since my childhood imagination discovered Madeleine
L'Engles, A Wrinkle In Time, the
idea of time travel intrigued me. And Lake Lanier, a man-made lake with
mesmerizing history presented a plausible theory: what if the explosions
required to excavate the lake induced a seismic shift and, given enough
energy, could open a portal to a different dimension or a rip in time. I
loved the possibilities.
The birth of Lacey Montgomery evolved through my young adult love for Jude Deveraux's A Knight In Shining Armor,
a time-slip novel of course, and her endearing Montgomery family, with
the hope my writing honors her inspiration. The character Lacey's
persona, inspired by my high school friend, Hilary Johnson, slipped
perfectly into position. A lawyer, discouraged with defending criminals,
yearned to help honest people in trouble, and some of her finer
qualities naturally became part of Lacey––but the dysfunctional
relationships came from my own personal experiences.
Once these elements entwined, Beneath The Lake blossomed the energy grew into a life of its own. Book two, Beyond The Mist,
picks up where the first story ends incorporating two minor characters
as the new hero and heroine. Any guesses as to who will pick up the
ball? Hmmm... maybe a contest is in the works.
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