And….A book is born
I live about five miles from the Missouri River. So, have any of you heard that the Missouri River is out of its banks? And has been for two or three months now.
Note the sign…normally it is standing on dry land…close to the river but definitely many feet away from the water.
You don’t hear much about it on the news but there are more homes underwater, more dollars in damage and vastly more land underwater than after Katrina….heard quite a bit about that one didn’t we???
It creeps high, climbing that sign inches everyday.
Anyway, I’m not affected directly because me and My Cowboy and our cows are on high ground. Phew.
But it’s close and I’ve watched that water rise and rise and rise.
And a few days after this picture…the sign is completely underwater…or gone, no one is sure.
So, how does an author look at flood water
and NOT think of a book to write that includes a flood?
Trust me, this flood is the center of EVERY conversation in my hometown,
which has way too much of it’s land underwater.
I had to of course go majorly fictional. For one thing, these flood waters came up with tons of warning because they are caused by water coming from Montana through seven dams which had to be opened wider and wider. So we would see signs that say things like…we’ll be closed beginning next Tuesday due to flood water.
Really? You’ve got that much notice?
The two lanes in the bottom center of this picture are the Interstate–underwater. This one picture isn’t mine(I took the rest of them). I got it from a website of a neighbor who owns a plane and has been taking aerial pictures for months. You can go look at flood pictures for hours if you want.
It’s a flash flood. Sweeping away all in it’s path.
Including my heroine. Poor sweet girl.
Her family destroyed, their covered wagon and all possessions gone. Swept into the path of a man who has no idea what to do with the damsel in distress who has been dumped onto shore at his feet.
Thought I’d give you a glimpse into the fires that forge a book. So any flood questions? Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for a signed copy of my August release Out of Control.
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