Yes! You made it to Stop # 9, your next step to winning fab prizes like a Kindle Fire HDX and/or 30+ novels. We’ll get to the good stuff in a few seconds, but first a few housekeeping items:
- The Hunt starts officially at noon Mountain Time on Friday, Oct 17th so if you’re here early, you’ll want to start at Stop # 1, here, which is Robin Lee Hatcher’s site once the Hunt opens. Then work your way through all the sites, getting your clues, and entering extra bonus giveaways till you reach the final stop which will be at Robin’s site as well.
- The hunt ends on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time so you have the entire weekend to get visit all the sites and put the clues together.
- As you probably already know, you’ll collect a CLUE IN RED at each stop. At the end of the hunt, you’ll enter the clues into a Rafflecopter form. (The answer will make sense, even if you aren’t familiar with the quote.) The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX. Two runners-up will receive a new release from all of the authors taking part.
IF YOU FIND A BROKEN LINK…
Robin has prepared a cheat sheet with direct links to each author’s post just in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. So please make note of the URL for the Participating Authors & Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.
Now, On With The Countdown! Lisa Wingate!
I first got to know Lisa as we walked around Dallas with group of fellow authors looking for live music during a writer’s conference. All the places we went to were sold out, but that made for a long walk and gave me the chance to get to know Lisa a bit.
Yes, Lisa is an amazing author, but she’s an even more wonderful person. I’m proud to call her my friend, and proud to be hosting her on this stop of the Scavenger Hunt.
Selected among BOOKLIST’S Top 10 of 2012 and Top 10 of 2013, Lisa Wingate skillfully weaves lyrical writing and unforgettable Southern settings with elements of women’s fiction, history, and mystery to create stories that Publisher’s Weekly calls “Masterful.” Find her at www.LisaWingate.com, @LisaWingate on Twitter, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LisaWingateAuthorPage
Now, here’s Lisa:
Writing Stories In Dual Time Frames
I never know where my story ideas will come from. I keep a drawer filled with random bits of inspiration. Some ideas languish there and some are so powerful, they never make it to the scrap drawer at all.
The Prayer Box was the result of a moment of irresistible inspiration, and like many of my novels, the tale bloomed in not one, but two stories, or more accurately a story within a story. I glanced across the room, saw the small prayer box that had been given to me as a gift, and thought, What if that box contained many prayers accumulated over time?
What if there were dozens of boxes? What if the letters chronicled the life of a woman who could no longer tell her story? What effect might the prayers of a faithful servant have on a modern woman who has lost faith?
Those questions generated The Prayer Box, in which a troubled young mother finds the story of a lifetime in an old home on Hatteras Island.
I love working in dual time frames, telling a historical tale interlaced with a contemporary one. There’s something about the juxtaposition of a modern life and a life (real or fictional) of long ago, that lends reality to both tales.
There are a few tricks that help intertwined dual-time-frame narratives to interact in meaningful ways:
Even though you’re telling two stories, one narrator’s story will control the pace and drive of the story. Typically, that’s the present-day narrator, who is discovering or in some way mirroring the life of the historical character.
It’s helpful to employ a physical connection between the characters — an object, a place, a written record like letters in a prayer box. In my latest novel, The Story Keeper, the connection between a modern-day editor and a Melungeon girl in turn-of-the-century Appalachia is an old partial manuscript that lands unexpectedly on an editor’s desk. Her search for the rest of the manuscript takes her on a journey back to the Blue Ridge.
One story must significantly affect the other. Perhaps the modern character is learning from the story of the historical character? Perhaps he/she is living through events and emotional changes that mirror those of the historical character? Perhaps the modern character is solving an age-old mystery, clearing the name of the historical character (in Wildwood Creek, modern-day Allie is clearing the name of historical Bonnie Rose, who stood accused of mass murder).
Perhaps the modern character is making her counterpart’s place in history known to the world? Perhaps the characters are distantly or closely related, and the quest is an issue of family, identity, or ancestry?
The possibilities are many with dual time frame stories. I never know exactly where each story will lead, but ultimately the journey of discovery is a thrilling ride!
The Prayer Box
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house.
Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper–the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything.
Where you can pick up The Prayer Box
Scavenger Hunt Next Steps
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