Today please welcome Stephen, who has jumped the pond and left us a story about his new book ... so without further ado I open the pages to Salem's Daughters ...
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Hi everyone, my name is Stephen Tremp and thanks for stopping by and saying hello. Anyone who visits Hilary’s blog knows one of her specialties is the setting of history, culture, European royalty, war and food among other topics.
So what better international hostess to ask to host me on my Salem’s Daughter’s Blog Tour, and my theme about setting, than Hilary Melton-Butcher.
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bounded by four of the Great Lakes
I grew up in southern Michigan, originally part of the Northwest Territory and admitted to the Union in 1805 as the 26th state of the United States of America.
Fast forward to today. I did not have the rich European history that includes Roman expansion, countless European wars the decided gazillions of lives and western world events, Queen Elizabeth the longest current reigning monarch, Princess Diana, and the British Rock and Roll Invasion of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and countless other bands and singers that influenced the United States of America.
Whew, that’s a lot, and I barely scratched the surface.
But I do come from humble beginnings, and I used this unique setting to my advantage to write Salem’s Daughters.
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One of the inspirations for Salem’s Daughters came a few years ago when my parents drove me through the country roads of southern Michigan and expounded on their youth and environment in great detail.
I could “see” the setting as they told me of their upbringing as young children during World War II and then the 1950s. I took a ton of notes and pictures. This makes Salem’s Daughters extra special and was a lot of fun to write.
Together, they admired and appreciated the farm houses and barns. There were new fixtures mixed with the old.
Names of the families who owned the properties, painted on the roofs of barns, shouted with pride to those driving by.
“I know what you’re thinking. Bob, it’s not like we’d be isolated. These are small farms, maybe a hundred acres or less. They’ve probably been in their family for generations. Look, I can see more houses in front and at the back of us. It’s not like there aren’t other people around.
And there are towns close by; we just left Battle Creek. Marshall is about fifteen minutes forward. I bet we could find a place for a lot less money than what our house cost. What do you think?”
Bob squirmed in his seat. “Mmm, I don’t know. What if the local kinfolk kidnap and sacrifice us to their corn gods?”
And a little snarky humor doesn’t hurt.
Question: Do you use real places and establishments in your books, or do you make them up?
Short Blurb: A four hundred year old evil is unleashed when the daughters of those killed during the Salem Witch Trials find a new generation of people to murder at a popular modern-day bed and breakfast.
Stephen Tremp writes Speculative Fiction and embraces science and the supernatural to help explain the universe, our place in it, and write one of a kind thrillers.
You can read a full synopsis and download Salem’s Daughters, for $2.99, from Amazon - go here
Stephen Tremp posts weekly on his blog at his website - Stephen Tremp's Breakthrough Blogs
Next Stop: Wednesday November 4th at Lynda R.Young’s blog.
Good luck Stephen with Salem's Daughters - it sounds a very interesting read ... and I enjoyed knowing your parents didn't leave England too long ago.
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