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As you might have guessed from the banner images, I have a special post to share today, and I have a very special guest joining me. These are the doors I imagined while reading Teagan Geneviene’s first ‘Journey’ in her new series of novelettes – “Dead of Winter.”
When Teagan asked people to let her know if they wanted to help with the launch of this series, I raised my hand. I would have raised my beer, but Teagan was at the bar not that long ago, and it would be hard to top that soiree, so I left the options open. Some of you will recall that I featured the doors inspired by Atonement, TN in a launch post about “Atonement in Bloom.” Teagan liked that, and I had fun incorporating doors from a fictional place into a post.
Let me tell you what I like most about Teagan’s writing – it’s her descriptions. Before I knew her very well, I was leaving comments on her blog like, “that thing you said about such and such made me think about this.” Well, you get the point. When authors get their descriptions just right, my head goes along for the ride. I start filling in the room, or the road, or the countryside with places I’ve been and things I’ve seen. I’ve asked Teagan to comment on the doors displayed below, and to add anything she would like you to know about the “real” places in her story. Off to the tour.
I like cemeteries, and there is a large one in Hartford – Cedar Hill Cemetery – near the city’s southern border. When I read, “Beneath the mausoleum in the most ancient part of the burial ground, the undercroft gave way to a sinkhole...” in the prologue, I knew where I was heading for a photo.
Dan, it’s a pleasure to be here. I loved the Atonement Doors post you crafted, so I was really excited about one for “Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak.” These photos are amazing. I particularly like the ones of the tomb. It looks exactly like I would have imagined the tomb in the prologue. Although the story moves away from the graveyard quickly, it’s still an important part. Actually, a future “Journey” will circle back to it.
Later when I read about a “cottage built into the side of a mountain” and a secret exit, I was reminded of a historic landmark not too far from where I live. Old Newgate Prison, a copper mine that became the first prison in Connecticut has several sections of collapsing stone. What a better place to imagine a secret opening than a prison. Note: the cottage in the book isn’t collapsing, but I can’t control where my mind wanders.
Haha, that’s true. Osabide’s cottage is one of the brightest places in the fictional Llyn Coombe area. However, I love it when readers start thinking about my stories – taking them beyond the confines of the page! Do you think that secret escape exit is likely to show up again? (Winks.)
By the time Teagan mentioned Emlyn having baked apple bread and how the aroma filled the small kitchen, I was in England with my friend David (the real David) and we were touring a water-powered grist mill.
Dan, I’m starting to think you’re psychic. It has nothing to do with Emlyn’s apple orchard home, or Osabide’s cottage, but a scene in a future “Journey” is at a gristmill. Even though I wrote that ten years ago, I remember doing a lot of research about the millstone. Plus, these kitchen photos really do put me in mind of the “bolt hole,” as some would call it. There could easily be a kitchen like this one in Osabide’s hidden escape area.
I could go on, but I hope I’ve made my point. Teagan draws readers into her world by evoking images that fit the world she describes. Perhaps all authors do this, but Teagan does it very well.
I’ve chosen other doors for the gallery today that were inspired by the world Teagan invites us to visit. I’m being careful with my descriptions, so as not to give away too much of the Journey. If you want to join me in enjoying “Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak,” follow the universal links and discover for yourself what an excellent storyteller she is.
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And now, back to Teagan.
Dan, thanks so much for letting me visit. It’s always great to hang out at No Facilities, no matter what day of the week. I can’t be exact about the monthly publication dates, but if you follow me at my Amazon Author Page, they should send an email whenever the next Journey publishes. By the way, I follow many authors there, and have never gotten any spam email as a result.
Amazon Author Page: relinks.me/TeaganRiordainGeneviene
I’m going to sneak in a reference to my neighbor to the north (see what I did there, Linda?) to sneak this into JusJoJan.
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