Friday is the official release of my debut novel, LIGHTNING ONLY STRIKES TWICE from The Wild Rose Press. It’s been roller coaster ride up to this point, and I’m still wrapping my head around the success of this time travel story that came to me in a dream.
Time travel or any speculative fiction isn’t the typical genre I write. Regardless of my love for stories such as Firefly, Stargate-SG1, The Abyss, and Enemy Mine, most of my stories gravitat toward action and suspense with some romance tossed in the mix. So when I had this dream about a man and woman from the present being whisked back in time to the late 1800s where they fell in love, it seemed a bit out of the norm for me to write.
But the idea began to grow. Over the course of two years, while I worked on my romantic suspense projects, I would pick up a booklet on mining, do a little research on ghost towns, jot down notes on which direction to take the story. Pieces of the story were falling into place.
Then, one day, while reading TIME magazine, I happened upon an article about time travel in the mind. The intriguing idea went something like this: The body travels forward through time at the rate of one second per second. Yet the mind moves forward and backward at will, recalling past events and speculating on future circumstances.
I began to speculate. What if those experiences could be shared? What if those recollections weren’t a memory, but reality?
I now had my time travel mechanism. (Plus a couple of other, more physical, aspects thrown in to make it all work.) Not long after reading the TIME article, the first line of chapter 1 came to me. After that, the story practically wrote itself. But I still needed a setting…a viable location to place the story.
I was born and raised in Idaho. I love the areas near the Sawtooth mountain range and have fond memories of picnics and hikes there. When I crafted this story involving a mining ghost town, it just made sense to locate the fictional town of White Rocks in those mountains.
White Rock is a composite of what I know of most old mining towns in Idaho. I had the town’s image, the mill, and the aspen grove inside my head the entire two years before I started writing. Then an opportunity came to visit the area where I wanted the story to take place. I found two ghost towns near each other along the Yankee Fork river between Stanley and Challis, Idaho. I was even fortunate enough to meet the owner of one of the ghost towns when my husband and I toured an old dredge that had mined the Yankee Fork in the 1950s. Upon visiting the second ghost town, I discovered my White Rock, the mill and the aspen grove—exactly as I had envisioned. From that moment on, the ghost town of White Rock came to life for me.
My readers seemed to gravitate to the town, much like I did as I was writing. I’m not sure what it is in the story that resonates with readers, but I like to think part of it has to do with a simpler time. A time when neighbors cared for each other and men carried themselves with honor born of hard work and heart.
On March 8th, LIGHTNING ONLY STRIKES will be available from most online venues for purchase. It is my sincere wish that you find enjoyment from reading Annie and Luke’s story.
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