I've spent the summer doing family outings and experiencing life through the eyes of a five-year-old.
Just one day on an old train, trundling along the rails and listening to stories of by-gone days, has given me inspiration for my writing. It's a reminder to slow down and enjoy life.
I was afraid taking time off from writing blog posts and staying up-to-date with social media might have a negative impact on my writing career, but guess what? It hasn't. Quite the opposite has happened. Those old stories I listened to during our rail days have become the seeds for new stories begging to be written.
I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be with my family on such exciting trips. In the Lake Tahoe and Truckee area, I learned about the miners who sought their fortunes, and those who died trying. I've ridden the rails they traversed and gazed at the landscape that drew them to the area. I was in awe by what I saw and could only imagine what their lives had been like in those olden days.
Our family's love of trains runs deep, since my husband's grandfather was a rail guy. With train stories in my head, I wrote one of my own. It's a short story soon to be published in a Gothic romance anthology expected to be released October 16.
I chose the backdrop of New Orleans, circa 1890s, and featured the Barnum and Bailey Circus. What better title, I thought, than The Circus Train.
Lily Barnum is having visions of her future lover. She's also having ghostly warnings that say fulfilling her desires will come with a steep price. When she finally meets the man she's been dreaming about, she learns he's been inflicted with a lycanthrope curse. It's a curse that could kill her. However, the voodoo followers of Bayou John want her and her elephant, and they might kill her first.
Keep an eye out for the anthology, For Love the Bell Tolls, available on Amazon!