My Favorite Setting Evolved From The Allure Of Lake Sidney Lanier
I love to talk about the setting of my Lake Lanier Mysteries series. I live on the northern shores and, gazing across the shimmering water, you’d never suspect the lake is filled with secrets, or that it never gives up its dead. The spine-chilling history and spooky lore attached to this man-made vista speaks of a town time forgot. A sleepy rural area with homes, churches, and businesses, still lingers beneath the surface. The eerie lore inspired my series. What better setting to create a story with natural mystery, suspense, and a love that spanned across time?
The creepy stories attached to Atlanta’s famous man-made lake, Sidney Lanier, fascinated me. Research lured me into the lives of 1940’s moonshiners and added built-in suspense with the birth of NASCAR. Looper Speedway, a half-mile dirt track where bootleggers competed with their souped-up cars, bared its cement stands in a recent draught and the photographs fed the fodder.
The spine-chilling lore holds whispers…
of a Lady of the Lake who haunts the ghost town beneath the surface. Some say she lures victims to her watery grave. In truth, swimmers get trapped among the deadfall of sheered-off trees and town remains. Even expert divers fall victim when they get tangled within the murky depths, hence the lake’s unnerving curse that Lanier never gives up its dead.
Strange phenomena, unexplained disappearances, and supernatural sightings continually plague the 38,000 acre lake, but the eerie stories don’t stop the over 10 million annual visitors that come to enjoy the amenities. And the fodder feeds my muse daily, when I gaze through my office window. Dreaming-up mysterious tales is not just what I do, it’s who I am, am and Lake Sidney Lanier inspires me.
Ideas for my series swirled through my mind with alluring whispers and a plausible theory: What if excavation explosions 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. Once the elements entwined, Beneath The Lake blossomed with an energy and life of its own.
The sequel, Beyond The Mist, was published September of 2017, the perfect month for the storyline, picking up where Beneath The Lake ended and incorporating two minor characters as the new hero and heroine. But this stand-alone story challenges Lake Lanier’s secret time portal by spinning the characters into 2001, and the terrorist attack on The World Trade Center.
Another beloved character plunges back to 1865 Georgia, evades the grasp of some renegade Civil War soldiers and discovers the secret to a century old mystery about millions of dollars in missing Confederate gold. Between The Shadows is scheduled for release this summer, so don’t miss the big launch.
As a writer, I spin ideas from scenery, people, news stories, and every-day events, but nothing inspires me more than Atlanta’s Lake Lanier.
My Lake Lanier Mysteries can be found in print, e-book and Audible. To discover the portal, start with Beneath The Lake.
A ghost town submerged beneath Atlanta’s famous man-made Lake Lanier reportedly lures victims to a watery grave. But when Lacey Montgomery’s car spins out of control and hurtles into the depths of the icy water, she awakens in the arms of a stranger, in a town she’s never heard of–34 years before she was born.
When the 2012 lawyer tangles with a 1949 hunk, fire and ice swirl into a stream of sweltering desire. Bobby Reynolds is smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes and, despite adamant protest, Lacey falls in love with a town destined for extinction, and the man who vows to save his legacy.
Threatened by a nefarious stalker, the wrath of bootleggers, and twists of fate, Lacey must find the key to a mysterious portal before time rips the lovers apart, leaving their star-crossed spirits to wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake.
Then take another journey through the mysterious portal to the 2001 terrorist attack on The World Trade Center and experience a tale that will spin you Beyond The Mist.
Piper Taylor concedes she’ll never fall in love, until a treacherous storm spirals her into the arms of the handsome Nick Cramer. Unrelenting remorse over a past relationship haunts Nick, but he can’t deny the mysterious connection and hot desire Piper evokes.
The allure of a secret portal hidden beneath Atlanta’s Lake Lanier tempts him into seizing the opportunity to change his mistakes. But his time slip triggers consequences beyond his wildest dreams.
Can Piper avoid the international espionage and terrorism of 2001 New York, find Nick, and bring him home before he alters the fabric of time, or will the lovers drift forever Beyond The Mist?
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