Twenty-years ago in Black Pine, at a local beach celebration, high school senior, cheerleading captain Haley Sullivan went missing. The incident put a shadow over the entire graduating class and town.
Now, just in time for their high school reunion, those she was closest to in school all received postcards, all reading “Have you forgotten about Haley.”
Lucy Sawyer, childhood friend of Haley, received her post card, and decided it’s time to return home, and maybe find out whose keeping the secret, of what happened to Haley.
I came up with the idea for this story during a time when a close relative was very ill. We were passing through a state park with old fashioned motels, run down from disuse, nestled deep in tall trees growing for perhaps a hundred years on the side of a mountain.
Back in the days when family style road trips to see landmarks and local attractions were the go-to vacation, small downs like these were probably popular and thriving. Now the internet exists and if you wanna see a natural bridge or cave system, you can Google it. So the towns, and people in them, lost money as interest waned. These places went from destinations to “just passing through”.
On a trip through the mountains, I started thinking about this, and as I tend to do, wondered what kind of stories someone could tell. And this Black Pines was born.
The idea for the actual store legit came from *drumroll* random generators. I wanted to write a novel entirely with random generators. While it’s been a few years since the idea was created, I know that character names and other aspects came entirely from generators. Including the title. The premise from the story came from the title and bits and pieces of other generators.
The Silent Secret will be my first premium only story. It will be available chapter by chapter on the premium page here. It will ONLY be available via premium.
Premium is currently set at $10 a year, which is pretty reasonable, I think. While subscription is currently open, I won’t be posting any premium content for a while so don’t worry about subscribing right away! It will be announced when it will be posted.
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I’m also working on some promotional material, including a mock newspaper article. This material will be free to read.
WIP/Works in Progress
I currently have multiple works in progress (WIPs) on my docket, including Halloween History, the Choose You’re Adventure Story (which needs a title), and Pretend Fantasy Novel. I hope to have something to share soon!
I meant to do this a lot sooner, but illness, motherhood, and all manner of life postponed it. So, here we are.
My goal is to write at least one scary story this month. And seeing as how it’s October, I’ve got great timing. According to Facebook, the things that scare people (my friends, mostly, not many others like my page) are:
General “King-esq” creepy stuff
I also had a request for a vampire story. So I’m thinking a vote? A “like this picture” thing. So if you want to help choose the scary story, look for the opportunity in the next few days on the Crash Landing Facebook page.
Bring Back the Fiction!
Come November I hope to bring back on of my previous features. Either Very Short Fiction, Fiction Me This, or If Words Could Kill. But I need help deciding.
Fiction Me This: send me pictures and I’ll choose one (or have readers vote) and write a story about it.
If Words Could Kill: like a picture and the “victim” will be randomly selected for their own fictional murder.
Very Short Fiction: randomly selected person chosen to have their own story (not necessarily death).
I plan to try and start a “Good Causes” feature. When you’re trying to get the word out, a signal boost is always good, no matter how small the signal. Thai tiny blog of mine doesn’t get a wide range, but given the right hashtag, we can get some attention.