Recently I was interviewed by Annette Drake, for Spotlight. We talked about my latest novel, The Hidden Journal.
I realized during the conversation that my story was unique mainly because I had lived in the area I wrote about. Oh, not the exact place as Crestridge, Kentucky is a fictional community, but I named the cities and towns surrounding my make-believe location. Writing The Hidden Journal was like taking a trip home. All four of my children were born in Kentucky. I still have shirt-tail relation residing in Hessler and we own property near Owenton.
In my novel, I brought Jenna, a woman from Chicago, to the small community and exposed her to the gossip and politics of the town where everyone knew everyone else. Although some of the residents had clashing personalities, they learned to live with each other. My vixen, Stella Ledbetter, the beautiful and outrageous owner of a local diner, spends time with Cheryl, the quiet sweetheart of Crestridge. The two have little in common except growing up together.
My hero, handsome Drew Kelsey, is the typical male chauvinist. He’s used to making decisions and when he meets Jenna, they immediately clash
I hope you’ll enjoy taking a trip to the small town. I know I loved writing The Hidden Journal.
You can purchase The Hidden Journal, by Joyce Brennan as a ebook on Amazon or on the Tirgearr Publishing web site.