“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
– Stephen King
The murder took place at the edge of town in Madden, South Carolina
I always wanted to be an investigative journalist, but for various reasons, that path just wasn’t in the cards for me. My protagonist, Enid Blackwell, veered from her path as well. Ten years after leaving journalism, she decided to get back into writing. She was at a point in her life where continuing to do what she had been doing had no meaning for her any longer. I think many of us can relate to waking up one day and saying, as Enid did, “I need to change my life.” As my mother used to say, “Watch what you pray for.” Perhaps Enid should have heeded that warning.
Enid’s quest for purpose in her life begins innocently enough. But as she pursues a decade-old story of a forgotten girl, she learns that chasing the truth may have deadly consequences.
Most fiction writers, I believe, live vicariously through their characters. I’ve been working on this story for almost three years, and Enid is no longer a character for me. She’s as real as anyone I know. We’ve laughed and cried together, and I’ve learned a lot about myself through Enid. I hope you will enjoy the book.