Today I’m sharing a guest post by Elisabeth Jackson, author of romantic suspense “This Beautiful World”. I hope you enjoy the guest post.
The Influences and Ideas behind my Debut Novel
This Beautiful World is the journey of an emotionally and physically damaged woman, RaeAnne, as she returns, with her troubled young daughter in tow, to her small Pennsylvania hometown after her mother is killed in an accident. When RaeAnne comes home she must also confront a disturbing childhood secret that she shares with her friend King. The story in This Beautiful World centers on RaeAnne and King, who are also star-crossed lovers. The one thing I will give away is that the story just might have a satisfying (read happy) ending.
Writers are often asked where their ideas and inspirations come from. In her insightful craft book Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction, suspense writer Patricia Highsmith says she gets her ideas out of “thin air.” She then goes on to state that she can’t explain where these ideas come from, rather: “Ideas come to me like birds that I see in the corner of my eye … and I may try, or may not, to get a closer fix on those birds.”
In my case, the ideas behind This Beautiful World were based on two real life stories. The story, set in rural Pennsylvania, has a special place in my heart, as it relates to my family from that region. The second is the story a late relative told me about him and his friends being tied to trees at the age of twelve by a few sinister characters while playing in the mountains, much like RaeAnne and King are in the novel. It’s a story that’s always haunted me.
I chose to use a first person narrative from RaeAnne’s perspective. I have forever been an admirer of whimsical stories that are just a tad spooky. A good example of this is one of my favorite books, Shirley Jackson’s novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle. My debut weaves the past with the present in a discreet way, and combines elements of romance, mystery, and the Gothic genre.
About This Beautiful World
Author: Elisabeth Jackson
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Mystery
As children, RaeAnne and her sidekick King were held captive after they discovered the body of a boy their age in a crate of apples in their small town’s peculiar orchard. Now RaeAnne is grown and the mother of a troubled young daughter. After her mother is killed in an accident, she travels home to her father with her daughter. But RaeAnne finds that she is not welcomed by everyone, and frightening incidents start to happen involving her and her family. As RaeAnne unravels the mysteries of her childhood, including what happened to her older brother, who vanished on the same night RaeAnne and King found terror in the orchard, she reunites with King. The boy she knew has grown up to be very handsome and guarded. But can the two ever be more than old friends who share a terrifying secret?
Elisabeth Jackson loves the outdoors and dogs, rescued dogs in particular. This Beautiful World is her debut novel and blends haunting childhood secrets, romantic themes, second chances and a mystery in a small town setting, with a dash of Gothic elements. When she is not writing small town Romances and Mysteries, she works as a freelance business writer. Her characters are inspired by the rural towns she has visited and lived in. She welcomes readers to connect with her at ejacksonbooks.com and Facebook.com/ejacksbooks.